Newcastle United fans have not been sure what to do with themselves this summer, following the news that their club has actually managed to sign a couple of players on a permanent basis.
St. James’ Park was not a happy place to be towards the back end of last season, with supporters furious with the lack of results, and the lack of investment in the club by owner Mike Ashley.
Alan Pardew had problems of his own to contend with, but was also not helped by the fact the club sold their best player in Yohan Cabaye in January, and failed to add any sort of replacement.
In fact, the signings of young Spanish striker Ayoze Perez, and the recent capture of Jack Colback from Sunderland, are the first permanent signings the club have made in almost 18 months.
Loan signings appeared to be the order of the day during the last two transfer windows, with Loic Remy and Luuk De Jong arriving with varying degrees of success.
Pardew knows he needs to start next season on the up if he is to avoid becoming the first manager to find himself under pressure, with supporters appearing to turn against him towards the end of last season.
To do that however, some more (permanent) signings are needed.