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Newcastle United signings – The best 10 ever in Premier League era

2 weeks ago
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As I was daydreaming about which Newcastle United signings will be following Matt Targett.

My mind wandered to the years and transfer windows of the past.

Which ones have been the greatest Newcastle United signings of the Premier League era?

Below I have picked my top ten.

One rule I decided was that they had to have been signed during the Premier League era, which ruled out any players that were signed before summer 1993.

Two who almost certainly would have made my list are Rob Lee and Andy Cole, inspirational signings brought in by Kevin Keegan during the 1992/93 promotion season.

So here we are, counting down the best ever Newcastle United signings of the Premier League era from tenth to number one:

Bruno Guimaraes

Obviously his inclusion over certain others is based largely on potential of what is to come.

However, he has been exceptional so far and no reason to think he is going to do anything else but get better and better in seasons to come.

David Ginola

One of the most exciting players I have seen play for Newcastle United.

No better sight than Daveeed in full flight.

Was unplayable for the first half of that 1995/96 season and overall a class act over the course of that season when NUFC should have won the title.

The £2m buy from PSG had his moments after that 1995/16 season but never really reached the same heights.

The Mag Issue 80 August 1995

Issue 80 – August 1995

Nobby Solano

Such a talented player.

Dalglish bringing him in for £2m and he became a key member of the Sir Bobby team.

Open play and set plays, he weaved his magic, scoring and creating.

Jonathan Woodgate

He wasn’t cheap (£9m), he wasn’t here long (18 months) and he didn’t play a lot of games (28) BUT just good was he?

Easily the best defender I have seen play for Newcastle United and if he hadn’t got injured (story of his career) I think Newcastle could well have won the UEFA Cup in 2004.

The fact he went to Real Madrid for over £13m also points towards just how good he was.

If only he could have stayed injury-free…

Craig Bellamy

Sir Bobby Robson’s Newcastle United looked to be going nowhere after almost two years of the manager in the job.

Then two inspirational signings changed that.

Sir Bobby paying Coventry £6.5m for the pretty much unknown striker and Bellamy really helped light the fuse.

League finishes of fourth, third and fifth followed, as Newcastle competed for the title and enjoyed some great Champions League nights.

Craig Bellamy helped bring out the best in some very good players already at the club – Shearer, Speed, Given, Solano and others.

Laurent Robert

The Frenchman was the other one in summer 2001 who also helped light the fuse and connect things up for the core group of very good players already at St James Park.

The Mag Issue 194 11 June 2005

Issue 194 – 11 June 2005

A £9.5m buy from PSG, a player who scored brilliant goal after brilliant goal and created chance after chance for Shearer and others.

For those of you wanting to talk about how he wasn’t the best at defending…you don’t understand or appreciate football.

Shay Given

The best goalkeeper Newcastle United have ever had.

Arguably Kenny Dalglish’s finest moment, paying only £2m for Given.

So so good and twice named in the PFA Premier League team of the season.

Les Ferdinand

Newcastle United have finished runners-up twice in the Premier League era, those were the two Les Ferdinand seasons.

No coincidence.

Sir Les was a class act and brilliant for Newcastle, after a £6m move from QPR in summer 1995.

The Mag Issue 81 September 1995

Issue 81 – September 1995

Peter Beardsley

A pleasure to watch in the 1980s, when Kevin Keegan paid £1.75m for a 32 year old Peter Beardsley in 1993, who could have imagined that we were going to see an even better player?

A devastating partnership with Andy Cole, then a whisker away from winning the title alongside Les Ferdinand, before finally a role behind a Shearer / Ferdinand partnership.

Alan Shearer

He might have cost a world record £15m transfer fee BUT he was worth every penny.

The best striker and indeed best player in the world at the time, Newcastle got ten years of brilliance and goals.

An honour to have seen him play over that decade of action.

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