In the summer I wrote an article about how unless Mike Ashley invested heavily in Newcastle’s squad, they were going down. The start of the season suggested it would be much of the same, and perhaps this would be the year it would finally happen like in ’09.
Well Mike may have read this blog, because he has invested and then some.
In the summer Newcastle signed Chancel Mbemba, Thauvin from Marseille, Mitrovic from Belgium, and of course most notably Wijnaldum. Some would have considered this investment enough with spending reaching £50 million.
Mike Ashley has not rested on his laurels however, and he’s even listening to the fans. Spending was welcomed in the summer, but many saw the signings as unproven foreign imports. This January however the story is a different one. Proven England internationals Jonjo Shelvey & Andros Townsend have been brought in, Shelvey is brilliant at his best, and Townsend certainly has the quality to keep them away from the drop. The splurge didn’t even stop there with Henri Saivet coming from Bordeaux, and perhaps the most exciting prospect Seydou Doumbia.
Most have heard of the striker who made his name at CSKA Moscow, and with skills like those above he is sure to get St. James Park on its feet.
Since May Newcastle have spent over £78 million. That puts them among the highest spenders in the league, and to be fair you can’t say Mike Ashley hasn’t put his money where his mouth is.
Most importantly though they have a champions league quality striker in Doumbia, and it’s unlikely they’ll go down now.