IT was a transfer window that promised so much, writes Miles Starforth.
After all, Newcastle United had £35m to “reinvest” in the team.
And the one player the club’s supporters wanted was a player capable of wearing the number nine jersey.
Yet that was the one player that didn’t arrive.
The deadline came 212 days after Andy Carroll left St James’s Park for Liverpool.
Enough time, surely to line up a replacement?
Apparently not and that won’t sit easily on Tyneside.
And fans have every right to feel let down by the club this morning as the dust settles on the club’s transfer business.
Manager Alan Pardew asked supporters to judge his dealings on September 1.
That’s today and the judgement, for all the good work early in the window, will be harsh given the lack of a striker.
Read Miles Starforth’s piece on Newcastle’s transfer dealings in full in today’s Sportmail.