Why Newcastle fans should not get excited by Ashley's transfer promise

Mike Ashley has reportedly confirmed that Newcastle United will be busy in the upcoming transfer window.

As per the Chronicle, the Newcastle owner has confirmed that the Magpies will be busy in the upcoming transfer window.

These words should do much to calm the fears of Newcastle fans, with their squad in disrepair and down to the bare bones. Players are out through injury and suspension and it is clear that a host of signings need to be made to fix the relentless problems.

The promise of transfer activity suggests that these signings will be made, but at what cost?

Moussa Sissoko, Tim Krul, and Daryl Janmaat are just some players to have been linked with moves away from St James’ Park in the coming months. Sissoko has been linked to Arsenal by Sky Sports, Krul to Spurs by the Mirror, and Janmaat to Liverpool by the Echo, and judging by Newcastle’s recent history, all three could leave the club.

Mike Ashley has built a reputation of selling players to fund moves for other players, and his promise to be active in the summer transfer window should add just as much fear to Newcastle fans as happiness.

The much derided owner has done little to increase the faith in him from the Magpies fans, and his actions in the transfer market could be the defining point in his ownership.

Should he once again fail to invest in the squad unless he sells, the fans will turn on him completely, with any last shred of faith disappearing. However, if he follows through with his promise and signs players, while keeping the best players already in the squad, he will be awarded increased time to turn things around on Tyneside.

Going on previous form, one would expect Ashley to follow the first route, and sell stars to fund signings of mediocrity, and that is hardly a move that should excite Newcastle fans. You never know, though...

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