Rafa's Window Clean Up

Surely Newcastle's Most Successful Transfer Window Ever Is Complete

I realise I am slightly late to the party on this but as we all know the transfer window slammed shut last week which now leaves Rafa stuck with what he has until January at least.

Firstly before looking at the deals I have to say it is such a relief to see the window closed. Even though for once this was a much more enjoyable window as far as Newcastle were concerned with interest firmly more on incomings rather than outgoings that we didn't want to see I still just find the constant speculation and rumour quite draining.

It surely can't be helpful for the manager either especially once the season starts to be trying to still do deals and still have players around that you want rid of and are not in your plans.

The manager can no focus on who is left in the knowledge that he has what he has until the January window. It will be great for the focus now to be just on the football for the next 4 months and hopefully come January it will just be a case of needing to add a couple to get us over the promotion line rather than being in a position where we are bringing people in because we are struggling.

So onto the business which in total saw 40 deals in total done with 14 new players coming into the club and 26 leaving either permanently or on loan.

The main deal on deadline day as we all know was the transfer out of Moussa Sissoko to Spurs for 30 million pounds. A lot has obviously been said on this transfer with most fans happy to see the back of a player who has always seemed to have his eye on a move elsewhere since he joined and who has disappointed more often than he has excelled.

However I am not going to waste too much time slagging Moussa off. At the end of the day I think it is a good deal for all involved really. We have got the price we wanted and which I think was an acceptable price given how much other players have been going for, he has got his move back to the Premier League with his desired Champions League football to boot and whilst they have received a lot of stick I think Spurs have got a player that will probably do well for them overall.

I don't really see much point in holding too much bitterness towards him, for all his faults I think we as a club also have to say that under better management and with a better performing team around him we may have seen better and more consistent performances from him. If we were doing well then maybe he wouldn't have been looking for another club.

That is not saying that I agree with touting yourself to other clubs when in the middle of a 6 year contract but at the end of the day we have got a good price for him in the end and I think the club have to be commended for sticking to their guns on that as I was slightly worried that despite what was said we would end up letting him go for less than that just to make sure we got rid.

I think the way Sissoko treated Everton on deadline day shows his true colours really and it's good to see another bad egg out of the door and we come on.

Thankfully that was the only major outgoing and there were no nasty surprises at the end of the window that you are always a bit worried about. There wasn't much rumour about any further outgoings but as clubs get desparate I was just a bit worried someone might come in with late cheeky bids for the likes of Mbemba or Perez.

The only other outgoings were quite a few loans with first teamers Riviere, Saivet and De Jong departing to Osasuna, St Etienne and PSV respectively looking for games and then fringe players like Ameobi, Vuckic, Armstrong, Sterry, Gillesphey, Toney, Heardman, Gilliead and Cameron looking to get game time lower down the leagues.

The only player that I think we were actively looking to get rid of and didn't was Cheik Tiote who saw a couple of last ditch moves to Turkey and Greece fail so it will be interesting to see what happens with him.

There are a few windows still open worldwide like the middle east etc or we may see him come to some agreement with the club to end his contract. Personally if his head is in the right place I would keep hold of him as an option but Rafa may obviously have other ideas.

The only major incoming was Christian Atsu on loan from Chelsea with an option to buy if all goes well.

He has had a bit of a stop start career since joining the blues going out on loan to a few places but not getting much game time which is a slight worry but I do remember seeing him play for Ghana before he moved to London and he looked a very dangerous player so hopefully Rafa can get the best out of him and he takes the opportunity of some games.

We definitely needed another wide player in so with him one side and Ritchie on the other we could be a very dangerous proposition and hopefully finally have that balance in the wide areas that we have been missing.

So overall a really busy window that unbelievably sees us finish in profit despite some decent outlay on players so a massive well done to everyone involved at the club. Of course you could say this kind of business to clear out some deadwood and replace that is long overdue and sadly it has taken a relegation to see that happen but at least it has now happened and hopefully we are building some good foundations going forward.

Of course the key now is to make sure we get promoted. The manager can have no complaints or excuses - he has been backed to the hilt by the club this summer and we now have a squad that should be able to get promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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