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Paul Merson verdict on Newcastle United January transfer window

4 years ago

Paul Merson has given his verdict on Newcastle United’s ‘action’ in the January transfer window.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he has also graded all 20 Premier League clubs.

According to Paul Merson, there are 11 PL clubs who had better windows than Newcastle.

Despite not buying a single player, only three loan signings, Merson thinks Newcastle have done better than some who have spent relatively big money.

He doesn’t mention keeper Dubravka who has arrived and says that ‘Kenedy alone isn’t going to keep you up’ (although he was arguably Newcastle’s best player against Burnley).

However, Paul Merson does rate the loan signing of Islam Slimani, who he says could ‘reignite’ Newcastle.

Of course the problem is as well that the much needed striker has arrived with only 13 matches to go and is set to miss Palace on Sunday with an injury, plus can’t play in the Leicester away match.

If signed at the start of the month then the Leicester forward could very well have helped add points to Newcastle’s total, hopefully it isn’t too little too late (yet again) from Mike Ashley.

Paul Merson speaking to Sky Sports:

“Kenedy alone isn’t going to keep you up.

“I’m not being horrible but he won’t, so I’m glad they did a bit of late business on Deadline Day by getting Slimani.

“They needed a forward because they’re not scoring enough goals and someone like him might reignite them.”

The Paul Merson grades on the transfer window for each Premier League club:

A+ Chelsea, Liverpool, Man Utd

A Man City, Arsenal (for attack)

A- West Brom

B+ Brighton, Everton, Huddersfield, Leicester, Tottenham

B Newcastle United, Southampton, Swansea

B- Crystal Palace, West Ham

C Stoke, Watford

C- Burnley

D Arsenal (for defence)

F Bournemouth


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