Again signing a Barkley on loan would be fine, if it wasn't your only punt.
My issue has never been with the club looking to be cute in the transfer market, its with the club ONLY looking to be cute in the transfer market.
I can imagine Ashley justifying his strategy, "well spent money in 2015 and got relegated!" Leaving out the bit about having McClaren running the side.
He just never gets it right does he. Its either shit manager + shit funds, shit manager + decent funds or good manager + shit funds. Never does the dice roll on good manager + decent funds,