For our Newcastle United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern, they’re still getting their breath back after an incredibly tense end to last season whereby the Magpies avoided relegation on the final day after defeating West Ham United while Hull City failed to defeat Manchester United.
For the since departed John Carver, it was an absolute horror show in charge that eventually ended in jubilation but for any Toon Army fan, simply just managing to stay in the Premier League is nowhere near good enough for a club of their stature.
Fast forward to today’s date and it’s all change at St James’ Park with Steve McClaren now in charge and dare we say a little optimism going around the North East following the Magpies’ signatures of Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba.
Clearly choosing their transfer targets carefully albeit patiently, all three players boast Champions League experience and look impressive signings for a club that eventually finished in 15th place last season.
The latest of their arrivals is Mbemba who has agreed a deal from Anderlecht with the DR Congo international simply requiring a work permit to complete the formalities of his switch.
Coming up against Arsenal in the Champions League last term, Mbemba gained this valuable experience despite just being 20-years-old and Newcastle fans will hope he sticks around for a bit longer than Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa did who looked equally impressive ahead of arriving on Tyneside.
With United’s summer signings now totalling three, just who else could be following Mbemba to St James’ Park? We take a look at five players who could be following in his footsteps.
Click on the image below to reveal the 5 players to follow Chancel Mbemba to Newcastle United this summer.