Newcastle completed some impressive transfer business over the summer.
Whilst not bringing in the high number of players like many of their rivals did, Newcastle completed wise transfer business, and managing director Lee Charnley has confirmed to the Mirror how much the club spent in the window, and how the Magpies will move forward in the transfer market.
He said: “I want to take this opportunity to confirm that the net amount spent this summer is £52.6m, with £51.5m cash paid out. We’ll continue to spend on the squad moving forward and have no need or desire to sell our best players. We want the best young players available to us. We have brought in high-calibre players that will make an immediate impact.”
Newcastle’s transfer plans for the summer window were based upon Steve McClaren strengthening the side he inherited in key areas. The only position he did no need to sign players was in goal, and of the five players brought in, four are guaranteed first-team started.
Georginio WIjnaldum plays in midfielder, Aleksandar Mitrovic is a striker, CHancel Mbemba is a defender and Florian Thauvin is a winger, adding strength - and importantly, depth - to McClaren’s team.
Ivan Toney was also signed by the Magpies, but he was brought in a development player to bed in slowly.
Five signings was comparatively low to a number of Premier League sides, but their spend of £52.6 million is a lot for the players they brought in. However, all the signings are good enough to improve the team, and this quality over quantity approach will stand the Magpies in good stead of the season.
Charnley has admitted that this summer was focused upon bringing in ‘high-calibre players’ who could make an immediate impact, whilst also stating that the aim of the club in future transfer windows is to bring in the best young players.
This change in philosophy for this summer was a wise move to ensure Newcastle retain their Premier League status, whilst keeping their vision on bringing in youth players should help the club continue to move upwards in the future.