Only one game, but maybe Newcastle's summer wasn't too bad after all

The likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum have shown promise, while Graham Carr's faith is being justified.

Newcastle United’s performance on Sunday does not change their season. As it stands, they have still made an awful start, but one thing it does show is that their summer spending spree was perhaps as good as some of us suspected.

Newcastle were the second biggest spenders in the Premier League this summer, but still that was not good enough for a large contingent of United fans, and indeed the stuttering start to the campaign was put at the door of the likes of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Mitrovic – who saw red early in his Magpies career – was written off almost immediately by some sections of the North East press core, who will always jump on a Mike Ashley deal as soon as they can.

But the Serb has shown in recent weeks just why Newcastle beat the likes of Porto and Atletico Madrid to his signature.

Then Wijnaldum, with some asking why he could not produce his goal scoring form from midfield which was so evident in Holland as a Premier League performer, he was quickly billed as another misnomer by the local hacks.

Indeed, you could even read in some places that Graham Carr’s role at the club was being questioned – again the recent form of Wijnaldum and Mitrovic only highlights that he is still as good as they come in the Premier League when it comes to talent spotting.

Let us not forget that Carr also came very close to landing Dele Alli and Aymen Abdennour, both of whom have shown in the first few weeks of the season just how good they are.

Now, Carr and managing director Lee Charnley will be the first to admit that things did not go perfectly, but they were more than happy with their business, and so they should be - the likes of Mitrovic, Wijnaldum and Chancel Mbemba have been very good.

This Sunday’s Wear-Tyne derby will be a huge test for Newcastle’s new boys, following their opening win of the new season, but they have shown they are good enough and will be confident of getting a long awaited win at the Stadium of Light.

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