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Transfer nightmares: Absolute duds for Newcastle United at both ends of the pitch

Transfer nightmares: Absolute duds for Newcastle United at both ends of the pitch

Newcastle United’s transfer incomings have been of mixed success over recent years, haven’t they? There have been occasions where Mike Ashley has splashed out on new signings, only for them to not come to fruition. Yet there have also been other times whereby lesser-known or unproven players have come to St. James’ Park, yet thoroughly impressed.

During this season, the January transfer window was a positive one with the signing of Miguel Almiron. The creative spark has helped add quality to a side who brought in Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar, Federico Fernandez and Salomon Rondon in the summer to name a few, who have all particularly caught the eye over the course of the season.

However, not all moves can go to plan. So, with that being said, let’s take a look at two of the worst Newcastle signings over the past five years…

Matz Sels

Sels was brought in at the start of the 2016/17 campaign to be the new number one in the challenge to get Newcastle back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The Belgian started the opening nine League games and occasionally showed glimpses of what he could do, but he largely struggled and his multiple errors proved costly, especially when you are entrusted between the sticks.

After the set of starts, Sels was drafted to the bench and eventually out of the squad for the League fixtures and became the Cup keeper for that season. He was then loaned back to his homeland before signing for RC Strasbourg in the summer.

Literally nobody misses him.

Emmanuel Riviere

Riviere was brought to the North East ahead of the 2014/15 season. He began the season as the starting striker, but inconsistent appearances meant he was in and out of the side for the rest of the campaign.

The Frenchman played 23 times in the League that season, starting 15 games, but only amounting the one goal which took him until May to score. He did net a brace within five Cup appearances, but he just was not the right man for that striking berth at all.

He then stayed on the following campaign and began the season with a long-term injury, Riviere played a further three times that campaign and was then sent out on a goalless loan to CA Osasuna. He now finds himself back in France playing for Ligue 2 side FC Metz.

A truly, truly terrible footballer.

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