After a superb 10th place finish last season, Newcastle had to go into the summer transfer window with the intent of spending some serious money to improve the squad.
Unfortunately for the fans and Rafa Benitez, the club spent a total of £31.7 million on six players in the transfer window.
For a club that should be hoping to get into the top 10 rather than fighting relegation that is a horrific underspend.
At left-back the Magpies are short of quality while in midfield, Ki has been the only addition to replace Mikel Merino.
Moreover, going forward, Mike Ashley failed to bring in another creative midfielder to help orchestrate the club’s attacks.
The much-maligned owner signed two forwards this summer to replace Aleksandar Mitrovic who joined Fulham.
Salomon Rondon will probably prove to be an adequate addition to cover, although he wasn’t the club’s first-choice as they missed out on former Nice forward, Alassane Plea.
Yoshinori Muto was the other forward recruit that the club brought in but in truth, Newcastle made the mistake of not pushing to sign Lyon youngster Myziane Maolida, who is now attracting interest from Nice according to L’Equipe.
The young French striker impressed during France’s Euro Under-19 Championship campaign and could’ve been a potential star for the club.
With Rondon as the starting striker, Maolida would’ve provided an excellent backup option.
Deceptively strong on the ball, yet quick enough to worry defender, Maolida has got a very well-rounded game.
At this point in time, he’s still quite raw but he could’ve provided the Toon with a dynamic option to Rondon.
Thoughts Newcastle fans?