Paul Merson has been evaluating how every Premier League club did in the Summer transfer window.
The window having closed at 5pm yesterday, although Newcastle were one of the clubs who asked for the two hour ‘deal sheet’ extension, which allowed them to complete/announce the Federico Fernandez deal just before 7pm.
This is how Sky Sports have presented the major ins and outs for Newcastle United in this window.
One slight error, in that they have forgotten to include £22m/£27m Aleksandar Mitrovic, plus Mbemba went to Porto not Schalke…
Major ins: Martin Dubravka (Sparta Prague, undisclosed), Kenedy (Chelsea, loan), Yoshinori Muto (Mainz, undisclosed), Salomon Rondon (West Brom, loan), Fabian Schar (Deportivo, £3m), Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea, free), Federico Fernandez (Swansea, £6m)
Major outs: Adam Armstrong (Blackburn, £1.75m), Jack Colback (Nottingham Forest, loan), Chancel Mbemba (Schalke, undisclosed), Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad, undisclosed), Matz Sels (Strasbourg, £3.5m)
As for Paul Merson, he has rated only three other Premier League clubs as having had better summer transfer windows than Newcastle United.
The former Middlesbrough player giving clubs the following transfer grades on business done, in and out:
A Fulham, West Ham
B+ Newcastle United, Wolves, Southampton, Burnley, Chelsea, Everton, Huddersfield, Leicester, Brighton
B Arsenal, Crystal Palace
C Bournemouth, Cardiff, Man City, Man Utd, Watford
Hmmm, I don’t think many Newcastle fans would have come to the same conclusion as Paul Merson, hopefully he will be proved right for once…
It isn’t all doom and gloom but with a profit of over £20m made, the biggest in the Premier League, the profile overall of Newcastle’s signings compared to others – it is very difficult to see how anybody could believe the Magpies have had the kind of window that is anywhere near as good as clubs such as Everton and Wolves.
Spending money isn’t everything but it counts for an awful lot.
Paul Merson picks out the Kenedy and Salomon Rondon tranfers as the two stand out ones, kind of sums it up when both these are loan deals with no buying clause.
Merson says ‘People are worried about Newcastle, but I’m not worried about them’, once again, here’s hoping he’s like a broken clock and is at least right once.
“I like Kenedy, I thought he did really well last year.
“I don’t mind Salomon Rondon, I know they let Dwight Gayle and Mitrovic go, but if they can get him going, he’s a handful.
“I don’t know much about a couple of the other players, but keeping Kenedy on loan is a big deal for them, he was one of their best players last season.
“People are worried about Newcastle, but I’m not worried about them.
“I think they’ll be alright.”