Newcastle United were reportedly offered as many as seven different players on loan in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: Frustrating window
The St. James’ Park faithful only managed to bring in one player of note on a permanent deal in Joe Willock from Arsenal.
Given that he was already on loan there last season, the squad has not really improved in what turned out to be a frustrating window in the North East.
The Latest: Players offered
Writing in his latest piece for The Daily Telegraph, Luke Edwards has said that the Tyneside club were offered seven players on loan throughout the window: Hamza Choudhury, Axel Tuanzebe, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Hector Bellerin, Harry Winks, Mason Holgate and Boubacar Kamara.
However, all of them requited a loan fee to be paid, which the Magpies hierarchy insisted that they could not afford.
The Verdict: Shame
To get even just a couple of those players in on loan deals would have made the window a much better one for Steve Bruce’s team, and instead, the former Aston Villa and Sunderland manager now has to work with a very similar squad to last season.
Described as a ‘phenomenal’ player by pundit Paul Robinson back in February after an impressive performance against Burnley while on loan at West Brom, Maitland-Niles made his feelings known late on in the window about potentially wanting to leave (The Guardian), and one cannot help that a deal could have been struck with the Gunners having already brought in Willock.
Does Maitland-Niles start for Newcastle?
Tuanzebe and Bellerin have both moved on to Aston Villa and Real Betis respectively, but the Toon should really be looking at revisiting moves for the other five players when January comes around.
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