Just how successful will Newcastle United’s latest transfer activity prove in 2015/16?
Newcastle United and the loyal St. James’ faithful certainly played host to a pretty difficult season on Tyneside last year with all things considered. From the club’s notorious chairman making several suspicious decisions behind the scenes in the boardroom, to the players themselves failing to do their team justice out on the pitch – the 2014/15 campaign was ultimately one to forget for the Magpies.
Now that former Middlesbrough manager and ill-fated England boss, Steve McClaren, has eventually been sworn in as the club’s new main man in the dug-out ahead of the new season though, Newcastle fans are likely crossing their fingers and wishfully believing that a brighter future still awaits their determined club sooner rather than later. The task on McClaren’s hands however, remains a fairly sizeable one at that…
Yet even with such a notion in mind, as several new faces have been successfully sourced on Tyneside across the mid-season transfer window so far, the St. James’ faithful may have well been hit with a rather unfamiliar feeling of excitement this summer – for their club’s notorious owner, Mike Ashley, has traditionally rarely seen fit to actually invest a great deal in his squad whilst operating in the north east.
The 2015/16 campaign could therefore serve to improve the club’s fortunes dramatically next term, but only if the Magpies’ new signings happen to hit the ground running, and fit in almost immediately with their new set of teammates in the Premier League.
So then, that simply leaves us to ask just how good Newcastle United’s transfer activity will ultimately prove throughout the course of next season?
Well, in managing to land former PSV captain and Dutch World Cup representative, Georginio Wijnaldum, this summer – the Magpies have certainly made an impressive start to their mid-season transfer activity. The creative midfield maestro seemingly possesses the valuable ability to unlock defences at a pretty frequent rate, as well as proving a dangerous threat in the final third through his desire to make things happen for his respective managers.
Alongside his fellow Dutch compatriots on Tyneside – including Vurnon Anita, Tim Krul, Daryl Janmaat and Siem de Jong – Geordie football fans could potentially witness somewhat of a Netherlands related renaissance take place at their club next season, with much of that relevant excitement being generated by Newcastle’s newly acquired 24-year-old.
As well as witnessing some much needed creativity restored to his new side’s midfield line-up next season however, Steve McClaren has also seemingly made some promising moves in the transfer market to improve his striking options ahead of the new campaign. Highly rated youngster, Aleksander Mitrovic, has become the latest Newcastle front-man to have the hopes and dreams of the fans placed on his shoulders at St. James’ – which the confident 20-year-old will likely take to eagerly given his recognised reputation as a go-getter in front of goal.
Although the Serbian talent nonetheless brings with him an impressive scoring record from within the Belgium footballing scene last season, that admittedly doesn’t mean the striker is guaranteed to bang in the goals once he makes the step up to the Premier League. In signing Mitrovic for a reported £12.5 million, Newcastle have certainly taken a risk on the youngster, and potentially welcomed in a recipe for disaster at the club if his initial introduction into the English game isn’t a smooth one.
Following Aleksander Mitrovic from RSC Anderlecht to the north east this summer is young, up and coming Congolese centre-back, Chancel Mbemba. The powerful defender is supposedly known as the ‘new Vincent Kompany’ back in Belgium, which is something that has to go down as extremely high praise indeed for a player who has only just emerged from his teen years. The big man at the back only cost a portion of the fee agreed for Mitrovic however, likely sparking a great deal of relief among the St. James’ faithful – who currently follow arguably one of the worst back-lines the Premier League has to offer, based on form alone.
Whilst a few more summer signings will likely be desired in and around St. James’ in the run up to the first game of the new campaign, the future on Tyneside certainly looks a great deal better for the club these days, than it evidently proved towards the tail end of last season.
With the likes of Siem de Jong and Rolando Aarons hopefully beginning the new term with the majority of their respective injury problems well and truly behind them for now, Steve McClaren’s overall squad is all of a sudden beginning to take a bit of shape.
However, without further defensive additions to Newcastle's starting XI going into the 2015/16 season – the same old disappointing fate will ultimately fail to disappear from Tyneside, regardless of how much the fans obviously want it to.
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