Rafa Benitez brought in two new players today and that makes three new players brought in over the last three days.
The three players are goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent, striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace and right winger Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth.
Today was the first day back for our players and they included Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Florian Thauvin and local lad Adam Armstrong.
Dwight Gayle – new striker on Tyneside
Everything seemed upbeat especially from a smiling and relaxed Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who has talked on the Newcastle web-site about why he signed each of the new three players:
“We decided to bring in Sels because we have problems with the keepers. Krul and Elliot have some injuries.”
“We also had a situation last season that with the injuries of Elliot and Krul injured it was difficult to manage, although Darlow was doing well.”
“You always need an extra goalkeeper.” Sels is a player with experience and quality. He will increase the competition which is fine.”
“We have two months at the start of the season with many games and we couldn’t just have one keeper.”
“Everyone is always talking about strikers and we needed someone who knew English football. “
“Dwight Gayle has good movement and is a good finisher.”
“The idea was to increase and to have more competition in attack. He’s a player who will impress.
“If Dwight is happy, he’s training well and he settles down quickly then he can score goals for us.
To find wingers who have ability, pace and work hard is not easy. We were looking for one of those players and Matt Ritchie is one.”
“With the situation of Andros Townsend leaving, we worked very quickly to try and finalize the deal.”
“Matt gives us different options and has experience at this level of football.”
The three new players brought in so early in the summer seem to be three very good players who obviously will strengthen the squad.
Newcastle have made a good start leading up to this first day of pre-season training today.
It’s very impressive and we are hoping to see two new defenders brought in over the next week.