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Have NUFC made a mistake with any of these 13 Newcastle players who left in the summer?

4 years ago
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Fans anticipated plenty of new Newcastle players coming in during the summer transfer window but were left disappointed.

Only six arrived as Mike Ashley restricted/curtailed Rafa’s rebuilding plans.

However, there was large scale movement out of the club, with the 13 Newcastle players below, all heading off – either permanently or on loan.

So have any of them proved us/Rafa wrong….?

Achraf Lazaar – On loan to Benevento:

Struggling to get a game and has started just six of Serie A games as Benevento set all kinds of records.

An unspecified injury meant Lazaar missed playing against AC Milan earlier today (Sunday), the record breakers getting their first point of the season in their 15th (FIFTEEN) match, the goalkeeper scoring a diving header goal in the last minute!

Siem de Jong – Sold to Ajax:

Has only started one league game all season as well as a handful of sub appearances, scoring two goals.

Matz Sels – On loan to Anderlecht:

Has started 10 of 17 games in the weak Belgian league, maybe not what Anderlecht imagined when they made Sels the best paid player to ever play in Belgium.

Yoan Gouffran – Out of contract and moved to Goztepe:

The Frenchman elected to go for the easy life in Turkey but has started only six of 14 league matches and scored no goals.

Vurnon Anita – Out of contract and moved to Leeds:

Zero interest from Premier League clubs and dropped into the Championship. Played early on but then dropped and has started only one league game since 23 September, despite reports that he is the best paid player in the squad.

Emmanuel Riviere – Released and joined Metz:

Rock bottom of Ligue 1, Riviere has only started four league matches and scored one goal, making only one first eleven in the last six weeks.

Tim Krul – On loan and then permanent move to Brighton:

Hasn’t had a single Premier League minute on the south coast and looks set to be long-term number two.

Florian Thauvin – Sold to Marseille:

Has scored seven goals and got five assists in 15 Ligue 1 matches, helping Marseille in their rebuild now up to third in the league.

Daryl Murphy – Sold  to Forest:

Has scored an impressive seven goals in 16 Championship starts, turns 35 in March but showing few signs of it

Adam Armstrong – Loaned to Bolton:

Tending to play wide left rather than through the middle, the Geordie striker has one goal in 14 Championship starts for Bolton.

Grant Hanley – Sold to Norwich:

Has only started five of the 20 Canaries’ Championship matches, Norwich winning none of those five matches.

Sammy Ameobi – Out of contract and joined Bolton:

After recovering from injury, Shola’s younger brother has scored three goals in 10 Championship starts.

Kevin Mbabu – Sold to Young Boys:

Has started all 16 league matches and Young Boys are top of the Swiss league.

I think clearly Florian Thauvin has proved to be a far better player than Newcastle fans ever saw and could have been a big player for us this season. However, from early on it looked clear his signing was a disaster and he didn’t want to be here. Maybe if Rafa had been here when he signed it would have been a different matter.

Elsewhere, there isn’t a lot going on, with a common theme of players even struggling to get games in far weaker leagues.

I think the two that Newcastle fans might have now (and back in the summer) preferred to stay are Kevin Mbabu and Daryl Murphy. Murphy still knocking the goals in as he approaches his 35th birthday but difficult to believe he wouldn’t have been more use than Joselu, whilst Mbabu never really got a proper chance despite impressing in the little we saw of him – especially relevant when left-back has been such a problem this season.

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