NUFC’s history of spending unprecedented transfer fees seems to be all but over under Mike Ashley, but unpredictably only 4 of our 11 most expensive signings have been concluded before his stewardship. Surprised? We certainly were. However, as expected not 1 transfer heralds from the pre-Premier League era, and only 1 was concluded before the turn of the millennium.
By our calculations, here is Newcastle United’s most expensive ever starting 11:
GK: Karl Darlow – £3.5m (Nottingham Forest, 2014)
RB: Davide Santon – £5.3m (Inter Milan, 2011)
CB: Fabricio Coloccini – £10.3m (Deportivo, 2008)
CB: Jonothan Woodgate – £9m (Leeds, 2003)
LB: Jose Enrique – £6.3m (Villarreal, 2007)
RW: Florian Thauvin – £12m (Marseille, 2015)
CM: Georgini Wijmaldum – £14.5m (PSV, 2015)
CM: Jonjo Shelvey – £12m (Swansea, 2015)
LW: Albert Luque – £9.5m (Deportivo, 2005)
ST: Alan Shearer – £15m (Blackburn, 1996)
ST: Michael Owen – £16m (Real Madrid, 2005)
Total cost: £113.4m
Average cost per player: £10.21m
Amazingly, two of these players also feature in “5 – Newcastle United’s Five Financially Worst Signings”, find out who here.
Note: All fees are pure media/author speculation, and may not be entirely accurate.
Update 09/8/14: Karl Darlow replaces Shaka Hislop at GK, costs adjusted accordingly.
Update 11/7/15: Georgini Wijnaldum replaces Hugo Viana at CM, costs adjusted accordingly.
Update 22/8/15: Florian Thauvin replaced Laurent Robert at LW, costs adjusted accordingly.
Update 12/1/15: Jonjo Shelvey replaces Remy Cabella at CM, costs adjusted accordingly.