Newcastle and Mike Ashley put their money where their mouth is

The Toon Army were very quick to dismiss suggestions of big investment this summer, but now...

After being informed of Newcastle's intentions earlier this summer, I put it down in writing and unsurprisingly I was greeted with a tirade of a abuse from fans unhappy with owner Mike Ashley.

But let looks at the summer checklist and how much the Newcastle owner has done...

New manager - CHECK

Boardroom reshuffle - CHECK

Spend in excess of £50million - CHECK

So all in all, surely not a bad a thing, how many clubs in England can say their summer wish list has been carried out. How many can boast about being self sustainable and how many have spent what they said they would?

Still I have little doubt the Toon Army will be satisfied, roars of it is not his money he is spending, only money made etc - but in these days of Sheikh Mansour and Roman Abramovich - unless their personal wealth is being spent, the fans don't seem to be happy.

But facts are fact here - likely starters Chancel Mbemba, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum have all arrived soon to be joined by Florian Thauvin - that is a hugely impressive array of talent that has been persuaded to move to the North East, they only need ask rivals Sunderland how hard that can be.

And the spending may not even be other yet, with Newcastle still looking for another striker and full-back...but still it won't be over, the barracking of club that is.

Yes Mike Ashley and the Newcastle regime is not perfect, but whose club owner is? If he was on Twitter every week like some - no doubt that would become a bugbear of the Toon Army too.

And this is not saying for one minute that Newcastle are heading for a top-four finish, and yes they might still be heading for a relegation battle - but one thing is for sure it is not for the lack of trying that is for sure.

Yes last season's failure to find a replacement for Alan Pardew at the turn of the year was a huge mistake and Newcastle acknowledge that, and it was really only by luck they stayed up - but plans have been put in place to make sure that does not happen again.

And this is not a piece asking for Mike Ashley to be given a chance, he really doesn't care but it is surely time for Newcastle fans to show some appreciation, they only need to look down the A19 to see what a really badly run Premier League side with a poor transfer policy looks like. 

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