The Premier League season is under a month away and excitement is beginning to build, but all is not well at Newcastle United.
Rafael Benitez guided the club to safety last term, courtesy of a 10th-place finish, to ignite talk of an opportunity to push on towards the European places.
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But it's been a frustrating summer at St. James' Park, with just two new arrivals - plus goalkeeper Martin Dubravk - to date.
Benitez has suggested he is ready to stay on Tyneside for several years, but he is yet to be backed in the transfer market by owner Mike Ashley.
Despite the fact Newcastle are constantly being linked with transfers, they are yet to splash any cash - and their failure to get more business over the line is frustrating fans.
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The likes of West Ham have spent significant funds to strengthen their squad and there is a feeling among the Toon Army that this season could go down as an opportunity missed unless things change between now and August.
The downcast mood is nothing new as Ashley has often been accused of a lack of ambition in regards to transfers.
The window will close before a ball is kicked in anger, so Newcastle need to get a shuffle on if they are going to avoid this summer becoming likened to Groundhog Day.