Newcastle fans had absolutely no faith of signing anyone over the January window whilst they still had Mike Ashley in charge. However, after a long time suffering in the first four weeks or so of the window, the club burst into life with a flurry of late action as they did the best business of any Premier League club in the winter transfer window.
Rafa Benitez made it clear very early on that he was looking for a full-back as cover at left-back considering his only options there were Paul Dummett and Javier Manquillo, who is useless enough when he features in his natural position at right-back. As well as a left-back, there were no secrets that the Spaniard wanted to bring in Miguel Almiron, his number one target from the MLS.
Ashley may have taken his time over it, but he duly delivered on what will go down as a memorable transfer deadline day for the Magpies. Their record transfer fee was broken when Ashley parted with £20 million for Almiron and the fact that they also managed to bring in Antonio Barreca on-loan will have created a party atmosphere on Tyneside for the first time in months.
Rafa Benitez will now be desperate to get his new boys out in action. Barreca came on as a late substitute in the club’s 1-0 loss away at Tottenham, but Almiron is a face the fans are yet to see. When he does play though, you can guarantee there will be fireworks and you only have to look as far as his last season in America to see what he brings, with pace and end product aplenty in the Paraguayan.
The Geordies weren’t the only club to do smart business in the mid-season window, though, Chelsea also managed some good business of their own by bringing in Gonzalo Higuain on loan, shipping off the goal-shy Alvaro Morata and agreeing on a deal for Christian Pulisic, who has been loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the remainder of the season. However, Newcastle’s business was just too good.
Whilst on paper it may look like Chelsea pulled off some smarter coups, the fact that the Geordies were able to bring in players in the two key areas they needed, breaking their transfer record and potentially doing enough to keep Benitez happy and at the club, it’s hard to find any argument that might suggest the Geordies’ month can be topped by another Premier League club.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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