Though the Newcastle United fans here in the Transfer Tavern were delighted to see the club actually active on deadline day, the punters propping up our bar believe things could have been a lot better in the January window.
Indeed, though the signing of Kenedy looks to have been a success, our resident Geordies will have to wait and see whether or not Islam Slimani and Martin Dubravka will prove to be good signings. With money tight under Mike Ashley on Tyneside, perhaps the club should have cashed in on a few players in order to raise money for signings.
Having said that, perhaps links between Matt Ritchie and Burnley should have been looked into more seriously. The Scotland international is a popular figure in our bar and rightly so considering his exploits in the Championship last season.
However, the former Bournemouth man hasn’t quite cut it in the Premier League and some of the wicked delivery he showed in the early portion of the campaign has dried up now, with the 28-year-old yet to score this season. Rated at £9m on Transfermarkt, perhaps the Toon will regret not selling him, in order to strengthen in other key areas.
With the likes of Kenedy, Jacob Murphy and Christian Atsu all waiting in the wings and offering much more in the way of searing pace, perhaps selling Ritchie would have been a good idea, as hard as it might be to hear.
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