With a frenzied transfer window slamming shut, the St James Park faithful have their new director of football to blame for the lack of new faces.
A frantic transfer deadline day has seen managers, chairman and club executives up and down the land frenetically trying to sign new players to boost their side’s chances of a positive season.
With plenty of activity in the last 24 hours of the window including major moves by Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Everton, it must be demoralising to be a Newcastle United fan right now.
Despite having a competitive starting XI and managing to keep star playmaker Yohan Cabaye at the club, the Geordies have been quiet throughout the transfer window. They are arguably one of the clubs in the division that needed to spend most.
The man in charge of transfers is the newly appointed director of football Joe Kinnear, who has already become something of a hate figure to the Toon Army. Regardless of the embarrassing comments he gave in the media when he first was appointed, the most frustrating thing for Newcastle fans will be the fact that he has not done his job.
“I intend to meet Alan [Pardew] either tomorrow or within the coming week to discuss the future and go through the team itself,” Kinnear said after his appointment.
“We will discuss where it’s glaringly clear we need to improve and that will be my job, to go and find those players.”
With a loan move for Loic Remy the only deal of note this summer at Newcastle, something has clearly gone wrong. Loaning a player from a Championship side is not adequate transfer business for the North East club and begs the question: What has Kinnear been doing?
Kinnear’s interview with Talksport in which he pronounced a lot of the foreign Newcastle players’ names wrong shows he has lost touch with modern football and certainly has very little knowledge of players from the continent that the club could and should be signing. The fact that Newcastle haven’t signed anyone confirms this.
There is a glaring lack of strength in depth at Newcastle that will become a real problem should the club get a number of injuries to key men this term. The lack of new faces is reckless on the club’s part.
The Geordies got their first win of the new Premier League season last Saturday, with a late Hatem Ben Arfa goal saving their blushes. However, what will be a real concern is the players in reserve for the side that day. Yes, Cabaye was brought back into the fray from the bench and Remy started as a substitute. The other members of the Newcastle bench included – Gouffran, Gosling, Elliot, Sammy Ameobi and Dummett. The Fulham bench included Adel Taarabt, Hugo Rodallega, Damian Duff, Giorgios Karagounis and Derek Boateng, and looked much stronger.
The question of what Kinnear’s role at the club actually is will remain, especially given the lack of transfers. Newcastle fans will hope that his ineptitude will not mean another season threatened by relegation.
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