Newcastle’s transfer window – Why it was good despite being mundane
Newcastle United are a weird prospect to talk about when it comes spending money in transfer windows. Owner Mike Ashley looks like a man who is always interested in earning the profits rather than focusing on developing the team. Manager Rafa Benitez performed a miracle to lead the club to a top-half finish in the Premier League last season.
Yet, the Spaniard has received little support from the club hierarchy. Newcastle had to sell some of their players to fund the incoming transfers this summer. In fact, they should be buying players to go on to the next level after finishing 10th last year. It seems like this transfer window won’t be like that.
However, the Magpies have some diligent business to keep their key players and buy assets who can do a job expected by the manager. Hence, despite being mundane, this is somewhat a progressive transfer window for a club that never spends.
Analysing the incoming players
Newcastle lacked in defensive midfield department, so getting Ki Sung-Yueng was vital to their cause. The South Korean is a seasoned pro who got relegated with Swansea City but is talented enough to handle the demands of the Premier League.
Benitez required a winger who can put in devilish crosses from wide areas. He already has Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie for that, however, getting Kenedy on loan for another season is a big boost. The Brazilian is a talented wide player, who can make the difference with his subtle play.
With the long-term injury to Florian Lejeune, the Magpies needed a centre-back to partner captain Jamaal Lascelles. Well, they have got Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez to fight for that spot, which is always a good thing at the highest level.
Signing Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto will perhaps be the most important one as Newcastle have lacked goals in abundance. Muto and Rondon are a threat to the defenders and will certainly be an upgrade on the strikers they had last season.
Where they lacked
Signing a proper left-back would have made a massive difference, as Paul Dummett isn’t a natural athlete who will make runs up and down the pitch. Furthermore, getting someone more lethal and ruthless in front of goal might have pleased Benitez a bit more.
Transfer rating – 7/10
In spite of not having much support from the board, Benitez has done well to complete some deals which were most needed.