The Summer 2019 transfer window has finally come to an exciting conclusion. On deadline day, Newcastle announced two additions in right-back Emil Krafth from SC Amiens and also hometown lad Andy Carroll has returned home.
This brings the total to 5 senior signings with a net spend of around £25m. Krafth and Carroll follow record signing Joelinton, French forward Allan Saint-Maximin, and Dutch left-back Jetro Willems, who joins on loan from Frankfurt.
Gone in this window were Ayoze Perez to Leicester City and Joselu to Alaves. There were also a few players on loan last season that have left in Salomon Rondon, Kenedy, and Antonio Barreca.
Whether the squad fares better this season is yet to be seen. However, the club did do some very good business this summer. It was not a perfect window by any means.
It remains to be seen if any of the non-Premier League signings can adapt to the English game and also whether Andy Carroll can remain fit enough to make any sort of impact. There is no doubt the new signings come with a bit of a question mark.
However, the big success of this window is the retention of a core group of players that six weeks ago most would have thought would have been plundered by now.
We see Martin Dubravka, Jamaal Lascelles, Fabian Schar, Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie, and Miguel Almiron still with the club. This cohesion should help the squad immensely this season.
We also have yet to see what a full season of Sean Longstaff and Miguel Almiron will bring.
Andy Carroll– back in the black and white stripes
Overall, this has been a successful window. There will be a lot of people who will be asking why the other £30m wasn’t spent. That is a very fair question. If the club should have ever exhausted its transfer budget, it was this window. Another quality signing would have made this window a resounding success.
As it stands, it is imperfect but filled with potential. It will be up to Steve Bruce and the lads to make it a success. We have faith that they can do just that.
This window also ended in an emotional reunion for Andy Carroll and all of the fans who wanted him to return. While it may not have a fairytale ending, it has the potential too. And that makes this window just that little bit more special.
|Jetro Willems||Season loan||Eintracht Frankfurt|
|Allan Saint-Maximin||£16.5M||OGC Nice|
|Andy Carroll||Free||West Ham|
|Transfer Fees paid out||£57.5M|
|Mohamed Diame||Released||Al Ahli Doha - Qatari|
|Ayoze Perez||£30.0M||Leicester City|
|Joselu||£2.5M||Alves - Spain|
|Liam Gibson||Loan - January||Grimsby Town|
|Dan Barlaser||Season loan||Rotherham United|
|Freddie Woodman||Season loan||Swansea City|
|Nathan Harker||Loan - January||Blyth Spartans|
|Jacob Murphy||Season loan||Sheffield Wednesday|
|Transfer Fees into club||£32.5M|