As the transfer window slams shut for another six months, it’s no surprise to any Newcastle fan that it’s been another disappointing one for the Magpies.

The loss of six players on deadline day confirmed that the lack of ambition at board level is bordering on ridiculous and the lack of new players coming through the doors when seemingly desperately needed is similarly scary.

Lee Charnley had said earlier this year that the January window is not one Newcastle would be too active in, so it’s not much of a surprise that John Carver has no new faces for the second half of the season.

However, the loss of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Davide Santon to Italian sides Roma and Inter Milan respectively have not been covered by new arrivals, leaving the defence threadbare.

Newcastle have just seven defenders fit and available for selection and two of them – Curtis Good and Lubo Satka – have never started a Premier League game for Newcastle.

Late last night the news broke that Remie Streete, Shane Ferguson, Haris Vuckic, Kevin Mbabu and Gael Bigirimana have all gone on loan to Rangers. The news was hardly big in terms of the quality of players leaving the club but confirmed that Mike Ashley is more interested in making Rangers an SPL side again than taking Newcastle United forward.

Don’t get me wrong, fans won’t miss the likes of Vuckic and Ferguson, who have both failed to live up to their potential but the fact that our players are being pawned off to Ashley’s other plaything is something that irks.

Club secretary Charnley also mentioned that part of the reason Newcastle wouldn’t be spending in January was because they currently had their maximum 25 players registered with the Premier League. With the departures of Santon and Vuckic, there was room for movement, just no desire to improve.

Despite the departures, perhaps the biggest disappointment of the window was not completing the purchase of Dele Alli.

The deal was supposedly in place to sign one of the brightest prospects in England but with everything in place, the player decided he didn’t want to relocate up north and chose Spurs instead, signing a contract and being immediately loaned back to MK Dons. In all honesty, you can’t blame the kid for not choosing to come; it’s hardly the most attractive club to play for any more.

That kick in the teeth followed by the exodus of the six loaners concluded another miserable Deadline Day for Newcastle.