By Neil Langer
Once again we haven’t invested significant sums on new players, unlike many of our rivals, with only two clubs (Newcastle being one) showing a negative net profit.
The worry remains a lack of goals, having off loaded, Mitrovic, Gayle and Armstrong, Rafa is very short on attacking options, with much expected from Rondon and German import Muto despite neither getting into double figures in recent seasons.
That being said, we have Kenedy and Dubravka back, I’m intrigued to see what Rondon and Muto can do (with Gayle and Joselu having been woeful to watch over the past 12 months) and also think the likes of Ki, Fernandez and Schar will prove to be very solid signings.
Expectation is low (which can sometimes work in our favour), so we might just surprise ourselves on the pitch – even if things off the field seem pretty glum.
Be in no doubt Mike Ashley wants to sell the club. His lack of lack of presence at the ground, along with previous attempts to sell and incessant abuse received from supporters, all adds up to a man who has long fallen out of love with this business venture.
He has once again made a significant sum of money during this transfer window and this will remain the strategy until he leaves.
There will be no more money from this owner, and whilst the club must look an excellent proposition for a would-be foreign investor, negotiating the purchase is less attractive.
We will all enjoy the ups and downs of the new season under Rafa and can’t wait for the opener against Spurs.
It is, however, difficult to look further ahead with any degree of optimism.
For now though, let’s hope for a good result against Tottenham tomorrow. I’ve missed spending my weekends at St James’ Park!