Best Summer Spending For Four Years – But Tough Part Starts Now For Steve Bruce

This is turning out to be one of the best summer transfer windows under owner Mike Ashley since we spent over £50M net, back in 2015.

We had only just avoided relegation then under caretaker manager John Carver after Alan Pardew had had enough, and left the club to join Crystal Palace in late 2014.

And Ashley seemed willing to put decent money out that summer for the likes of Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Florian Thauvin, and Ivan Toney – and all five players have since left the club.

Steve Bruce with Fabian Schar and Jack Colback

As a reminder here’s what we did in the summer transfer window four years ago – the summer before we were relegated again under Steve McClaren.

Player Fee Club
INCOMING
Georginio Wijnaldum £14.5M Eindhoven
Aleksandar Mitrovic £14.3M Anderlecht
Chancel Mbemba £11.8M Anderlecht
Florian Thauvin £14.5M Marseille
Ivan Toney £1.5M Northampton
Transfer Fees Out £56.6M
OUTGOING
Remy Cabella Season loan Marseille
Davide Santon £2.0M Inter-Milan
Mehdi Abeid £1.5M Panathinaikos
Olivier Kemen £0.5M Lyon
Sammy Ameobi Season Loan Cardiff
Adam Armstrong 6 month loan Coventry
Freddie Woodman 6 month loan Crawley
Haris Vuckic Season Loan Wigan
Shane Ferguson 6 month loan Milwall
Jonas Gutierrez Released Deportivo
Ryan Taylor Released Hull City
Jak Alnwick Released Port Vale
Adam Campbell Released Notts County
Remie Streete Released Port Vale
Transfer Fees In £4.0M
Net Spend £52.6M

With the capture of Joelinton, Kyle Scott, Jake Turner, Jetro Willems, and Allan Saint-Maximin it’s been a good window so far for us.

Here’s how we are doing at the moment.

Player Fee Club
INCOMING
Joelinton £36M Hoffenheim
Kyle Scott Free Free Agent (Chelsea)
Jake Turner Free Free Agent (Bolton)
Jetro Willems Season loan Eintracht Frankfurt
Allan Saint-Maximin £16.5M OGC Nice
Transfer Fees paid out £52.5M
OUTGOING
Mohamed Diame Released Al Ahli Doha – Qatari
Cal Roberts Released
Ayoze Perez £30.0M Leicester City
Joselu £2.5M Alves – Spain
Freddie Woodman Season loan Swansea City
Nathan Harker Loan January 2020 Blyth Spartans
Transfer Fees into club £32.5M
Net Spend £20.0M

Newcastle have spent a net of £20M so far this summer and could end up actually spending money this summer as we did four years ago.

In the last three summers we had world-class Rafa Benitez at the club – we made a profit of £31M in 2016, spent £12M net in 2017 and made a profit of £20M net last summer.

So at least for the three summer windows under Rafa, we made a profit of £39M.

You would have thought the time to spend money was when you have a world-class manager in place – who knows what he’s doing.

But it seemed like Mike Ashley wanted to retain control of the club and do it his way, as we found out six weeks ago when Rafa left.

So the club have reverted back to paying out the full fees for players and signing young players on long contracts.

We’ll just have to wait and see what happens but that’s good financial management.

The hard part starts for Steve Bruce now, but he’s done very well so far – given the toxic state of the club.

We hope Steve’s successful at Newcastle, but the main thing is for us to remain in the Premier League this season.

If Rafa had stayed we had hoped to be looking higher than that – perhaps for a top-eight position.

But maybe Steve Bruce and the lads can do that – we certainly have the best squad we have had for a number of years.

So we do have some hope for this season and we’ll support Steve Bruce and the players as much as we can.

We also have to force Mike Ashley to sell the club – hopefully before the end of the year?

Comments welcome.

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