While most supporters have a genuine expectation their club will carry out some last minute business on transfer deadline day, Newcastle fans have come to expect the worst.
The Magpies have consistently gone for the tactic of chasing specific targets for the whole of the window in the hope that eventually they can haggle down the price to one which suits them. This has proved to be a risky approach at St James’ Park and has led to several missed opportunities in the market to build on the strong foundations they already have on Tyneside.
There is an acute awareness that should they continue to stick to this guidebook then Newcastle could head into September 2nd, desperately short. If this was the case then we could very well see another rash swipe from Mike Ashley at the transfer market akin to his £14.5 million approach for Charles N’Zogbia at the very death of the January 2011 window.
Alan Pardew has often been the fall guy for any failed dealings as he desperately has tried to insist that players returning from injury will be “like a new signing”, but that role has fallen into Joe Kinnear’s lap this time round.
If as expected though Newcastle don’t get their business done long before we see David Craig hovering outside of St James’ Park on the Sky Sports deadline day coverage, they could be in serious risk of getting stung with a transfer dud.