Newcastle's Paul Dummett gives his verdict on the club’s new signings

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett and Robert Elliot in action with West Ham's Michail Antonio

Newcastle United have been busy in the summer transfer market.

Newcastle's Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett and Robert Elliot in action with West Ham's Michail Antonio

Paul Dummett believes Newcastle United’s new signings will prove to be a big success on Tyneside as he labels winger Matt Ritchie a superb replacement for Andros Townsend, the Chronicle report.

The Magpies have been busy in their attempts to strengthen the squad ahead of their Championship campaign with the arrivals of Dwight Gayle, Matz Sels and talented winger Ritchie.

Relegation from the Premier League has prompted interest in the club’s better players while Andros Townsend has been the first big name to depart St. James’ Park, joining Crystal Palace.

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal Palace

While Dummett feels the winger will be a big loss, he adds that in Ritchie his side couldn’t have found a better replacement before praising fellow additions Sels and former Palace striker Gayle.

“I was disappointed to lose Andros but I don’t think we could have got a better replacement,” Dummett told the Chronicle of Ritchie. “It’s a brilliant signing and the fans will like him because he’s an exciting player.”

“Matt is a proven Premier League player, he was one of Bournemouth’s best last season. For us to sign him, and get him in this early so that we have a full pre-season with him, is brilliant.”

“Dwight has scored goals in the Championship and Premier League, and it’s great to have a really good goalscorer come in. It’s three positive signings already and ones that can really take the team forward.”

Bournemouth's Matt Ritchie in action

Newcastle will start the Championship campaign as big favourites to secure automatic promotion and their latest signings will have only enhanced their bid further.

Gayle will provide pace and directness in the final third while Ritchie will arguably be the best winger outside the top-flight, having previously helped Bournemouth earn promotion to the Premier League.

Newcastle start their campaign with a Friday night trip to Loftus Road to take on Queens Park Rangers.

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