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Newcastle United top 3 Premier League signings chosen by media – 2 good 1 bizarre

3 weeks ago
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Who are the greatest Newcastle United signings of the Premier League era?

Obviously it all comes down to opinion and there is no right or wrong…but who would you choose?

One newspaper has picked a top three signings for each Premier League club, an enjoyable bit of nonsense during this international break.

The Star using it as an example to mention Ronaldo in yet another story, they rank him between Wayne Rooney top and Eric Cantona third.

As for Newcastle United, this is their top three…

1. Alan Shearer

Newcastle signed Shearer a year after he won the Premier League with Blackburn and the Newcastle fan became the Premier League record goalscorer at St James Park. Devastatingly he couldn’t win silverware with his hometown club, but was runner-up twice in the FA Cup.

2. Shay Given

Given is a Premier League great and starred in goal for Newcastle for 12 seasons, making over 400 appearances for the club. The Irishman was one of the best in the league in his position and served the club tremendously during his time.

3. Fabricio Coloccini

Coloccini signed for Newcastle back in 2008 but they were relegated that season. However, he was a key part of the Championship winning side, as they came straight back up, and was instrumental at the back for Newcastle for a further six years.

Hmmm.

The greatest goalscorer in Premier League history, not just for Newcastle United, is an automatic choice naturally.

The same with Shay Given for me, easily the best goalkeeper I have ever seen at St James Park and I’m confident the greatest in entire NUFC history.

Colo? Did ok in the 2009/10 promotion season, decent when Newcastle United back in the Premier League 2010/11 campaign, outstanding in the 2011/12 fifth place season when voted into the PFA PL team of the season. However, a bit of a joke surely for anybody to suggest he is in the Newcastle United top three of the last three decades.

Keegan bringing a 32 year old Peter Beardsley back to Newcastle United in 1993 was an unbelievable bit of business and surely impossible to leave him out, as he was key to NUFC finishing third in 1993/94, as well as runners up in 1995/96, then also playing his part as well in the 1996/97 runners up year.

Other candidates for top Newcastle United signings that would definitely come ahead of Coloccini, off the top of my head Rob Lee, Laurent Robert, Nobby Solano, David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Barry Venison and Jonathan Woodgate.

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