The first thing Kenedy, Slimani, and Dubravka will bring to the squad is increased competition and hopefully, the effect of that will be other players starting to play well to try to get a first-team place.
Jacob Murphy didn’t start last night but he did well when he came on in the second half – and maybe Murphy will start at Crystal Palace on Sunday.
The major loan signing is Islam Slimani and if he can take half the good chances to score then as Newcastle’s new center forward then he will score lots of goals for Newcastle in the remaining games of the season.
He seems to have everything, he’s powerful, skillful, good in the air, and a hard worker so why he failed at Leicester City is a bit of a mystery.
Martin Dubravka – delighted to sign for Newcastle United
In 46 games for Leicester he scored 13 goals and had 7 assists – which isn’t terrible but he can do much better at Newcastle.
When the Algerian recovers from his slight thigh injury he will probably walk straight into the side and that’s likely to be against Manchester United at home on February 11th – a game we can win!
We saw last night how good and skillful and classy Kenedy is on that left wing.
He’s a great signing for us and now we know what we missed in the first half of the season by failing on August 31st to get him in on loan.
Kenedy can create goals and he can also score them and it’s good that Rafa is using him on the left wing where he can do the most damage.
Kenedy is a lad we’d like to see sign for Newcastle in the future – but he could be good enough to make it at Chelsea.
He’s a great lad and seems to already love it at Newcastle.
Rafa has wanted an experienced and all around goalkeeper in the side last summer – a goalie who is in command of the box.
He finally got the man he was after when Sparta Prague and Slovakian (I think I’ve finally got the right country) International Martin Dubravka was signed on loan last night.
It’s expected that the 29-year-old will sign permanently for us for around £4M in the summer but he has to earn that contract this season,.
That will put pressure on both Karl Darlow and Rob Elliott but maybe Darlow will keep his place on Sunday at Crystal Palace as he gets acclimatized to things at Newcastle.
If Karl players a stormer in London on Sunday he will keep his place and he knows that.
So again bringing in Dubravka will hopefully have Karl play at his very best for the Magpies.
Given where we were on Tuesday night, Newcastle pulled the frying pan out of the fire (that’s an old saying) and did well in those circumstances to get Slimani and Dubravka on loan so late in the window.
But why wait until the last minute and why not bother looking until more than halfway through the window?
Only owner Mike Ashley can answer that one and it will not be a satisfactory answer.