Wednesday 21 July is day 43 of the 2021 Summer transfer window.
We are now officially past the halfway mark, with only the 41 days left after today, the 2021 Summer transfer window ending on 31 August.
In the aftermath of losing to sixth tier York City on Sunday, Steve Bruce has loyally defended his lord and master Mike Ashley when it comes to the Newcastle United piggybank not having been opened up so far.
Speaking about the complete absence of new signings and seemingly not even any effort whatsoever to sign anybody, Steve Bruce desperately claiming…
“All of the decisions of getting a 25 man squad together is what this is all about now.
“All the work begins…
“We have got irons in the fire for two or three things – we will see what develops.
“The transfer market has been extremely quiet.
“I expected it to be that way but it will hot up a little bit, I’m sure.”
I think Steve Bruce should get out a little bit more, then he might appreciate that plenty of signings have been made and an ever shrinking number of clubs haven’t seen any action.
As things stand, at least 44 signings have been made by Premier League clubs so far in this window, with 16 of the 20 clubs active. Newcastle United one of only four that haven’t brought in a single player.
However, when you consider the other trio are the current Premier League holders (Man City), Champions League holders (Chelsea) and Spurs, who aren’t exactly going to be fighting relegation in the near future and only appointed Nuno a few weeks ago, so no doubt working on the new manager’s targets now.
Steve Bruce talking about how ‘The work begins now…’ doesn’t exactly leave you brimming over with confidence.
Before last season ended, over two months ago, Steve Bruce was talking about bringing in at least three or four new players this 2021 Summer transfer window and indicating that targets had already been identified.
Does any Newcastle fan honestly have any belief / confidence that there will be a single new signing involved when NUFC take on West Ham in 24 days time?
With NUFC takeover arbitration delayed until 2022, Mike Ashley has zero excuses now (not that he had any in the first place!) for not allowing proper strengthening of the first team squad this summer.
The clock is ticking ever louder.
Promoted sides Norwich and Watford have been very active so far, bringing in new signings, whilst Brentford are set to make their second signing within 24 hours. Paying £10m for midfielder Frank Onyeka yesterday, with today expected final confirmation of £13.5m defender Kristoffer Ajer, taking Brentford’s spending towards the £25m mark so far. Plus they have knocked back advances for star striker Ivan Toney, once of Newcastle.
Ajer was for a long time reported as Steve Bruce’s main transfer target this summer, now the local media are doing Mike Ashley a big favour by suggesting 21 year old Kelland Watts could save NUFC a fortune etc etc. We all love to see young players come through but so far Watts has only played 16 minutes of Premier League football and otherwise has only played in Leagues One or Two on loan. If Kelland Watts does come through it has to be seen as a massive bonus, not using him to justify spending no money and making no credible first team signings.
It is not a ‘plan’ to simply hope that the three promoted clubs will be woeful and save Newcastle United this coming season.
Premier League clubs signings agreed so far in 2021 summer transfer window:
Nuno Tavares – £8m from Benfica
Albert Sambi Lokonga – £15m from Anderlecht
Emiliano Buendia – £33m from Norwich
Ashley Young – Free from Inter Milan
Frank Onyeka – £10m from Midtjylland
Enoch Mwepu – £22m from RB Salzburg
Kjell Scherpen – Undisclosed from Ajax
Nathan Collins – £12m from Stoke
Wayne Hennessey – Free transfer from Crystal Palace
Marc Guehi – Eventual fee could reach £20m from Chelsea
Michael Olise – £8m from Reading
Jacob Montes – Undisclosed fee from Georgetown University
Remi Matthews – Free transfer from Sunderland
Andros Townsend – Free transfer from Crystal Palace
Asmir Begovic – Free transfer from Bournemouth
Junior Firpo – £13m from Barcelona
Amari Miller – Undisclosed fee from Birmingham City
Jack Harrison – £11m from Man City
Patson Daka – £22m from Red Bull Salzburg
Boubakary Soumare – £17m from Lille
Ryan Bertrand – Free transfer from Southampton
Ibrahima Konate – £36m from Leipzig
Jadon Sancho – £73m from Borussia Dortmund
Tom Heaton – Free from Aston Villa
Pierre Lees-Melou – £3.5m from Nice
Billy Gilmour – Loan from Chelsea
Ben Gibson – £9m from Burnley
Dimitrios Giannoulis – £6m from PAOK Salonika
Angus Gunn – £5m from Southampton
Milot Rashica – £11m from Werder Bremen
Romain Perraud – £12m from Stade Brest
Theo Walcott – Free transfer from Everton
Imran Louza – £9m from FC Nantes
Ashley Fletcher – Free transfer from Middlesbrough
Danny Rose – Free transfer from Tottenham
Emmanuel Dennis – Undisclosed from Club Brugge
Peter Etebo – Loan from Stoke
Joshua King – Free from Everton
Dapo Mebude – Free from Rangers
Craig Dawson – Undisclosed fee from Watford
Pierre Ekwah Elimby – Undisclosed fee from Chelsea
Rayan Ait-Nouri – Undisclosed fee from Angers
Francisco Trincao – Loan from Barcelona with £25m option to buy
Yerson Mosquera – Undisclosed fee from Atletico Nacional