Newcastle's Deadline-Day Business Puts Them in Grave Relegation Danger

Aaron BowerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2014

Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew gestures to his players during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Newcastle United at the Emirates stadium in London, Monday, April  28,  2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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When the transfer window slammed "shut" at 11 p.m. BST on Monday (even though in reality, the biggest deals were done way after the deadline), there was probably a wide range of emotions being let out by fans of all 20 Premier League clubs.

The joy and jubilation from some clubs was countered by collective moans and groans from others. However, of all the clubs who did business on deadline day, nobody's was as peculiar as Newcastle United's.

Alan Pardew's men had bought quite shrewdly in the months prior to the season starting, with the likes of Siem de Jong, Remy Cabella and Jack Colback all good acquisitions. But despite those buys, Newcastle's squad was still a little too light, meaning some late business was surely on the horizon.

However, they failed to bring in anyone on the final day of the window. And whilst that as a scenario was bad enough, things got even worse for Newcastle fans with a couple of significant departures.

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has joined Roma on loan, per BBC Sport (with United likely still paying a hefty chunk of his wages), while Hatem Ben Arfa has headed for Hull, per Sky Sports. So where does deadline day leave Newcastle United? In all honesty, it leaves them looking at the very realistic prospect of a mighty relegation battle.

Pardew's men have only got two points from their first three games, and whilst they were encouraging in defeat against Manchester City, it is points that ultimately matter. The early season positivity from good performances often fades quickly when results are negative, especially at a club like Newcastle.

Their inability to beat Crystal Palace at the weekend leaves more questions than answers, and a shocking deadline day only further intensifies the issues at hand. Take their defensive options, for example. Yanga-Mbiwa was one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe when Newcastle secured his signature 18 months ago, but his departure leaves a huge hole in their options at the back.

Steven Taylor is Newcastle's only cover at CB.
Steven Taylor is Newcastle's only cover at CB.Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Fans were begging for a central defender to come through the door on deadline day, but instead, they let one depart. With just Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor on the books, Newcastle are one suspension or injury away from carnage.

Goals had been hard to come by in the first two games of the season, before the lively Rolando Aarons inspired the Toon to a 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Therefore, Newcastle fans may also have hoped a striker would have been incoming to give the attack a much-needed boost. However, they were once again left disappointed, as Newcastle failed to do any business whatsoever.

It's easy for fans to look at the first 11 so early on the season, but it's almost guaranteed that squad rotation is going to have to come into play at some point during the season. With such a threadbare squad at their disposal, questions will once again be asked of the management, and how they have failed to boost what is a timid-looking squad.

The table doesn't look very pretty at this moment in time, but after some shocking deadline-day business, it could get a whole lot worse in the next few months.