According to notable transfer expert Duncan Castles, this summer’s transfer window is likely to be a ‘depressed’ one compared to previous years amid the current suspension to football, largely around the world. With that in mind and the fact there’s nothing to give us a footballing fix, the Transfer Tavern are doing their best to remind their readers how some of their club’s fans reacted to the biggest signings of this season in order to focus on what’s been before us, rather than the uncertainty ahead.
Cast your minds back to the start of summer 2019. Rafael Benitez has just left Newcastle United after the Geordies failed to agree on a contract extension with the Spaniard. Steve Bruce was the man picked to lead the north-east club into the new season, however, signings were desperately needed.
A raft of new players made their way through the doors, however, it was Allan Saint-Maximin’s £20m (£16.5m initial fee with £3.5m in add-ons) move which excited the supporters.
This lad is going to rip up the premier league.
— Simon (@LittleHenryD) August 2, 2019
I quite like Mike Ashley x
— Sam (@Xsamanthadavis) August 2, 2019
A BIG SUUUUIIIIIIII
— Yedlinnnn⚫️⚪️ (@speedy_andre) August 2, 2019
— joe (@Futman11Jr) August 2, 2019
You just love to see it pic.twitter.com/KdDI34okRg
— NUFC Pride (@NUFCPride) August 2, 2019
— Luksu🔅 (@_nufcLuke) August 2, 2019
Not only did he justify their excitement in his signing, but the former OGC Nice attacker also did it from the very first Premier League game of his career. Despite coming on midway through the second half, the France youth international still completed the joint-second most dribbles (2) for his side in the season-opener against Arsenal, as per WhoScored.
The £22.5m-rated, as per Transfermarkt, winger has only gone from strength to strength during the season and has proven to be a monstrous figure in the final third. He averages over four dribbles per league game, more than any of his teammates by some distance. However, his efforts don’t come without reward with the 23-year-old having been fouled 1.5 times per game, showing he’s clearly a player who strikes fear into opposition defenders.
His efforts haven’t been missed by Bruce, who has labelled the Frenchman a ‘natural footballer’ just earlier this month (via Hexham Courant).
With the fans relatively excited by his arrival from Ligue 1, it’s fair to say the attacker has lived up to the hype that surrounded his move. And with links to rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers emerging, the faithful are already fearful over losing their star man this summer.
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