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12 players Newcastle United were linked with who signed for other Premier League clubs

2 weeks ago
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The transfer window now closed, Premier League clubs having brought in over 100 players in the 84 days.

There have been winners…and there have been losers.

The proof of course always comes when new signings are on the pitch, playing for their new clubs on a regular basis.

However, we can now look back at this transfer window and make educated guesstimates, particular as many of the signings have already started playing for their new Premier League clubs.

I wanted to focus here on a number of players who were linked with Newcastle United but have ended up signing up with other Premier League clubs.

Aston Villa

Axel Tuanzebe – Loan from Man Utd

Newcastle United strongly linked with the 23 year old young defender as desperate to add some pace to a slow ageing backline. Mike Ashley refusing to pay the loan fee to land Tuanzebe and the loan signing has started in a 1-1 draw against Brentford and was a late sub in the 2-0 win over Newcastle. Highly rated and difficult to believe he wouldn’t have improved NUFC’s defensive options.

Brentford

Kristoffer Ajer – £13.5m from Celtic

Repeatedly stated in the media that Ajer was Steve Bruce’s top target (as well as Willock). The central defender making clear he was heading to the Premier League.

For some time it was being reported that he was certain to arrive at St James Park.

However, Mike Ashley not willing to compete with Brentford and said to have refused to go beyond £8m for the Norway international.

Three Premier League games so far for Brentford and only one goal conceded, the signs are promising. As opposed to Newcastle’s now ageing, slow backline that has conceded eight already and Steve Bruce already switching round the deckchairs on the Titanic, making a number of changes already.

Crystal Palace

Odsonne Edouard – £14m from Celtic

Has long been connected to Newcastle United for a long time and along with Ajer it became increasingly clear he would be heading to the Premier League this summer. Interesting to see if he translates his impressive goalscoring form over the border.

The £14m fee looks a bit of a bargain compared to previous valuations, difficult to believe he wouldn’t have improved Newcastle’s goal threat. Who would have taken Joelinton and / or Gayle leaving, in return for giving Edouard a try?

Will Hughes – £6m from Watford

Another one often linked with Newcastle. A tidy player but not one that I see as an improvement on even our low standards in central midfield.

Conor Gallagher – Loan from Chelsea

Said to be a live target for Newcastle this summer but seemingly yet another where Mike Ashley refused to agree to the loan fee that needed to be paid. Has looked very decent so far and has already scored two goals from two Premier League matches played so far with Palace.

Everton

Salomon Rondon – Free from Dalian Professional

A signing that would have been welcomed by the vast majority of Newcastle fans. Never going to happen though, with Rondon having been so closely connected to Rafa for Ashley’s liking. Plus, decent level wages needing to be paid (but offset by no transfer fee). Interesting to see how he gets on, reunited with Benitez once more.

Andros Townsend – Free transfer from Crystal Palace

Still only 30 and has already impressed as part of Rafa’s budget summer transfer activity.

Has featured in all four Everton matches, progressing through to round three of the League Cup and winning two PL games and drawing the other, Townsend looking lively in new surroundings.

Leicester 

Boubakary Soumare – £17m from Lille

Difficult (impossible?) to believe that only a year and a half ago, Mike Ashley agreed for Newcastle to pay £40m for this midfielder, only for the player himself to allegedly refuse to join Ashley’s circus.

Helped Leicester to win the Community Shield and has made a couple of sub appearances in the PL. Interested to see how he gets on having seemingly come down £23m in price, yet even at £17m was a signing never going to be allowed at NUFC this summer.

Norwich

Ozan Kabak – Loan from Schalke

The 21 year old defender was much talked about as a likely Newcastle signing but seemingly no effort made to try and land him. Norwich need to improve and with 11 summer signings big changes this season. Can Farke turn them into PL survivors?

Brandon Williams – Loan from Man Utd

Another much linked player to Newcastle United. Can play in either full-back position and with Murphy and Ritchie proving so poor defensively so far, difficult to believe he couldn’t have improved the defensive quality at NUFC. Could be a bargain for Norwich and ironically…Steve Bruce has a left-back that he got NUFC to pay £15m who he now refuses to play, Lewis not starting a Premier League game for seven months now.

Southampton

Adam Armstrong – £15m+ from Blackburn

Never going to happen for me in terms of Mike Ashley allowing this signing, nor do I think there was any push from Bruce or whoever to get him. Not that I don’t think he could be a success this season.

Already has a goal and an assist in the Premier League this season and won the penalty at Newcastle.

Watford

Joshua King – Free from Everton

Another long associated player and at one point claimed Newcastle might pay £20m for him. Only 29 still and having lost his way a bit in his career with a pointless short-term Everton move. Having scored 16 PL goals in 2016/17 and 12 in 2018/19, could prove a bargain for Watford if bouncing back to that type of form. With 48 goals in 161 PL appearances, difficult to believe he could be less effective than Joelinton (6 goals in 72 PL appearances).

Looking at the players above who ended up at other Premier League clubs this summer, I think from a Newcastle perspective it should have been a no-brainer to properly go after Ajer.

I think adding Edouard as an option to Wilson and moving on others, is also something that makes massive sense.

Williams as well I would have been well up for as our defending out wide has been shocking in the Premier League matches so far.

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