Newcastle United transfer priority identified – but fans are set for disappointment
Newcastle United will NOT do the work required in the transfer market this summer to improve the team ahead of next season – that’s the view of Magpies fans who took part in our BIG Shields Gazette NUFC survey.
As part of our end of season review we asked YOU, the fans, to give your thoughts on a number of different black and white topics.
The votes have been cast and the results are in – and here’s what you think of the summer that lies ahead.
We asked the Magpies faithful ‘how many players do you believe Newcastle United need to sign this summer?’.
And of the 1,622 people who voted 56.2% of fans believe the club needs to sign three or four players in order to improve the current crop ahead of the 2021/22 Premier League season. A further 37.6% of votes cast believe five or six players in this summer should be the tally. Another 3.8% voted for ‘more’ than five or six.
However, when asked ‘how many players do you actually believe Newcastle will sign?’ fans are already setting themselves up for disappointment with 8.6% thinking the club will sign ‘zero’ players this summer. The overall majority – 75.3% – think United will add one or two players to their ranks this summer, while a further 15.6% think that figure will stretch to three or four.
We then asked: ‘with budgets set to be tight, how confident are you that Newcastle will improve the quality of their squad this summer?’
And again, the results were damning.
More than 90% of those polled were either unsure or thought it unlikely United’s squad would be improved before the big kick-off in May.
Only 0.6% of people were ‘very confident’, 8% ‘hopeful’, 17.6% ‘unsure’, 17.9% thought ‘no chance’ and 56% ‘unlikely’.
Finally we asked fans to vote on which department needs the most work this summer in the transfer market – and again the results proved clear as day.
There were just four votes cast for goalkeeper as a department in need of improving while central defence was next least in need with 4.7% of the vote. Next up was full-back with 5.3%, then attack on 20.6% with the clear frontrunner, as was to be expected, midfield at 69.1%.