What if the Premier League was decided on who had the best transfer window?
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the summer transfer window is by far the most important period of the football calendar and that actual matches are an annoying distraction from the important business of making signings.
If the Premier League table was decided on who did the best summer transfer business, everyone would be far happier.
So that’s exactly what we’ve done for you…
20. Newcastle United
After the suicidal appointment of Joe ‘f*****g’ Kinnear, Newcastle were under added scrutiny in the transfer market. But as beleaguered boss Alan Pardew begged for signings (specifically at least two strikers), director or football Kinnear managed to land just loanee Loic Remy, a man currently on bail and potentially facing prison time, and unknown teenager Olivier Kemen. Top work, Joe.
In a dismal summer for the Toon and their long-suffering fans, the club did, at least, keep hold of Yohan Cabaye amid interest from Arsenal.