A shocking stat has emerged on Newcastle United’s net spend following our promotion back to the Premier League in 2017, showing a net spend of just £1m since then – a laughable amount when compared to Brighton (£110m) and Huddersfield (£78m).
This was highlighted following Saturday’s defeat to City on BT Sports’ PLTonight show, with presenter Jake Humphrey and Jermaine Jenas discussing the current situation at NUFC with Rio Ferdinand and Richard Dunne.
— If Rafa Goes We Go (@IfRafaGoesWeGo) September 1, 2018
Ferdinand made a few pathetic attempts to defend Mike Ashley – which makes sense given his new fashion label is now ‘exclusively available at Sports Direct’. Thankfully, each point he made was shut down.
He praised him for the money he spent the summer we were relegated (he was trying to clean up the mess he created), he claimed Ashley is up against levels of investment he can’t compete with (we’re asking to compete with mid-table teams, not Man City and Utd) and also suggested that he has every right not to spend his own money – even thought our issue is his reluctance to spend money generated by the CLUB.
Watch it here:
Where's the money gone? ?
Stop scrolling and watch this open & honest #PLTonight chat about Newcastle United under Mike Ashley ?
"I feel sorry for the fans when I see what I see having played for that club."
"They're just surviving, I don't get how that's happened." ? pic.twitter.com/wwqVXeX5kg
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 1, 2018
Jermaine Jenas actually hit the nail on the head when it came to Ashley’s investment in the Championship. He may have spent upwards of £60m to bring in the likes of Gayle and Ritchie, but he reminds Ferdinand that the likes of Wijnaldium and Sissoko were sold for huge fees that summer – so Ashley was hardly dipping into his wallet, instead just spending the money we’d recouped from sales.
I was so impressed with how BT Sports put this over.
Unlike Sky and Bein Sports (who employ the likes of Dennis Wise to give ‘unbiased’ views on NUFC), they’ve not allowed it to just be a fight of bizarre and uninformed opinions.
Jake Humphrey’s had the facts and stats in front of him and it’s made the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Richard Dunne look like fools – not amplifying their incorrect claims like others (Sky/Bein).
A refreshing watch after so many outlets have given such a false reflection of the current situation at NUFC.