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We are now at ‘Feels like a new signing’ stage of the Newcastle United transfer window

2 months ago
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So how has this Newcastle United transfer window been for you?

Or maybe the question should be, did you realise this Newcastle United transfer window was actually even open yet?

It is two months since the 2020/21 season ended and we are now on day 39 of the transfer window.

By my reckoning we will reach halfway of this NUFC window on Monday (19 July) when we will be on day 41 of 82.

Every Newcastle United transfer window goes through various stages and we are now at the ‘Feels like a new signing’ stage of things.

Otherwise known as desperation.

This always follows the various media / journalists loyally linking Newcastle United with any number of credible signings who would cost Premier League level transfer fees and wages, no matter how daft it makes them (journalists / media) look.

Before then similarly embarrassing themselves by doing Ashley’s / Bruce’s work in reporting these ‘Feels like a new signing’ of the existing squad.

Those awarded this honour are generally Newcastle players who have been out injured, out on loan, or just not very good and pretty much forgotten about.

***Spoiler Alert – Players picked out as ‘Feels like a new signing’ rarely work out well.

You have the odd exception to the rule, maybe Jacob Murphy to an extent last season. Although even then it was pure luck that Steve Bruce put him back into the team in pure desperation in early April (as one of five changes v Tottenham) and he ended up doing ok at right wing back. Previous to that he’d been totally sidelined for months as mentioned earlier, which was also the case at the start of last season as well before Steve Bruce gave him a few starts.

Anyway, with four weeks to go and real desperation setting in with not a single new signing, I have seen today the Chronicle promoting the possibility of Yoshinori Muto potentially forcing himself back into the first team picture, if impressing Steve Bruce in pre-season and in the friendlies especially.

Newcastle fans not having been allocated any tickets for the games at York and Harrogate on Sunday suddenly looks a very sensible decision!

Yoshinori Muto scored exactly one league goal in the entire 2020/21 La Liga season, one goal in 26 league appearances for Eibar as they finished rock bottom. That makes it two league goals in total in the three years since Muto joined Newcastle United.

Safe to say that if Newcastle United are looking for salvation this season from unexpected places, then Muto would be the most unexpected source of all if Steve Bruce tries to relaunch him into the team.

As things stand, apart from Callum Wilson, Newcastle United’s current striker options are Joelinton (six goals in two years / 69 PL appearances), Yoshinori Muto (one Premier League goal ever for NUFC) and Dwight Gayle (11 goals in 73 NUFC PL appearances).

Mike Ashley appears to have allocated Lee Charnley a handful of magic beans, some Sports Direct discount vouchers and a quantity of dust, in order to ‘strengthen’ the Newcastle United team / squad in this transfer window.

Prepare to be underwhelmed and continue searching for your own ‘Feels like a new signing’ from the same lot of current mainly non-achievers.

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