We thought it would interesting two thirds of the way through the season and with a number of Rafa Benitez’ signings of last summer starting to look good of late – to see which players fans think were Rafa’s best signings.
Rafa, with the help of Managing Director Lee Charnley brought in 12 new players, including Christian Atsu – on loan from Chelsea for the season.
With Dwight Gayle having scored 20 goals in just 22 Championship appearances this season, it’s no real surprise he comes out top of our poll.
Dwight Gayle – what an acquisition our number 9 has been – 20 goals
For just £10M from Crystal Palace last summer he’s turned out to be some bargain buy for the Magpies and to think Alan Pardew didn’t even rate the striker.
Of course – assuming we are promoted in the summer – it waits to be seen if Gayle can score goals in the Premier League, but Rafa thinks he’ll be able to do exactly that.
In three seasons when he was in and out of the team at Palace he still managed to score 25 goals in 74 appearance for the small London club, so just imagine how many he could score if he started regularly.
It’s also fitting he is the new Newcastle number 9.
Dwight got 56% of the vote and second in the voting is also second in the goal-scoring charts.
Matt Ritchie has 12 goals in 33 total appearances for Newcastle this season and he’s been in great goal-scoring form of late – while Dwight had been out injured with his hamstring problem.
Matt Ritchie – Newcastle winger has 12 goals
Matt got 23% of the vote and again he has turned out to be a fabulous buy for us from AFC Bournemouth for just £10M.
And in the one season he played in the Premier League with Bournemouth last term he scored 4 goals in 41 appearance for the Cherries and looked very good.
Third in the voting is a defender who has proved to be the number one center-back this season and Ciaran Clark for just £5M from Aston Villa is another terrific signing for the club and he has 9% of the vote.
The Irish International struggled initially to get into the team, but he has been the regular center-back alongside Jamaal Lascelles this season.
Ciaran has played 26 times for Newcastle with 2 goals.
Ciaran Clark – in great form for Newcastle
After having a poor season last term, like most of the Villa players, he has been near to his best form and Ciaran has already played 135 times in the Premier league for Aston Villa.
So those are he best three signings – Dwight Gayle, Matt Richie and Ciaran Clark all for around £25M – some great business by Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley.
These are the two people we hope will continue to be the duo that handles all the transfers this summer.
We’ll have to wait and see if that’s true.