Proof Newcastle United owners didn’t arrange this short-term loan facility for no reason

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In the build-up to last night’s Newcastle United Carabao Cup tie at Tranmere Rovers, I was mildly concerned by the apparent clamor from some supporters of almost playing a reserve side.

We haven’t won a meaningful trophy since 1969 and none of us are getting any younger, so the opportunity to finally bring some silverware back to Tyneside should always be taken seriously.

We luckily overcame the Merseyside third team and have now drawn Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace to St James’ Park in the next round.

I didn’t appreciate the post-game comments from aptly named Tranmere coach Micky Mellon, but went to bed happy knowing we’d wiped the smirk off Mike Dean’s smug face (he follows Tranmere on the Wirral whenever his sons use his season tickets at Anfield).

Away from the action and I was delighted to see that our club seemed to be committed to acquiring a striker.

Although the news of Alexander Isak’s impending Real Sociedad transfer seemed to catch some fans, I expected us to spend big.

Newcastle United owners haven’t arranged this short-term loan facility recently for no reason.

Newcastle United are now run properly and with the club being so scrutinized after the takeover everyone dreaded, it was a sensible option until we could finally do some mega sponsorship deals.

For my part, I am really delighted that we are on the verge of breaking our transfer record on the 22-year-old Swedish international, Alexander Isak. This deal will be a testament to the patience shown by Eddie Howe, Dan Ashworth and the rest of the NUFC backroom team over the summer, as well as the owners of Newcastle United.

I don’t want to dwell on Callum Wilson because I love that lad, but if I said he wasn’t a constant injury problem, I’d be sticking my head in the proverbial sand.

We’ve got off to a good start this season and almost feel like we’re following a ‘new’ club, such has been the turnaround on and off the pitch over the past ten months.

As I said, it’s good to be in the Carabao/Coupe de la Ligue again this morning and one more step towards Wembley.

HTL

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