This summer has seen five new faces arrive at St James' Park.
“Newcastle have had a go and you can't ask for more than that… I look at the names and you can throw up a coin and say 'heads or tails?' because they might work and it will be a good season or they won't click and it could go the other way,” Merson said.
“They have spent some money so I am going to give them a B with a question mark because we need to see what these lads are like.”
It seems a reasonably fair assessment, with Steve McClaren opting for foreign talent as opposed to Premier League-proven players but the quality of two signings, in particular, aren't in doubt.
Georginio Wijnaldum was viewed as a major coup at the time and has since adapted to English football with ease. His £14 million fee now seems a bargain and he stands head and shoulders above the rest of McClaren’s recruits.
Florian Thauvin arrived last but certainly not least and will provide Newcastle with that pace and threat that had been so sorely lacking in the final third – he is everything Remy Cabella promised, yet failed, to be.
Chancel Mbemba also looks promising, if a tad raw, and has the makings of a solid partnership with Fabricio Coloccini and the Magpies have managed to prevent any of their key assets from moving on.
The biggest question mark for Newcastle is undoubtedly Aleksandar Mitrovic and with his latest game bringing about a three-match ban, the Toon Army will have to wait a while longer to get a glimpse of what he will bring to the side - other than reckless tackles.