Time is a rare luxury in modern football, and new signings don’t get given too much of it before they are adjudged a hit or miss.
A couple of months on from the summer transfer window, HITC is grading the first impressions made by the new arrivals.
Here we take a look at Newcastle United pair Javier Manquillo and Jacob Murphy.
Few Newcastle fans were excited when the signing of Manquillo from Atletico Madrid was announced in July, having witnessed his underwhelming loan spells in England with Liverpool and Sunderland.
The Spaniard has turned out to be exactly what was expected of him - solid but unspectacular - starting nine of 11 Premier League games and providing decent cover for the injured Paul Dummett at left-back.
Manquillo’s positioning on the left side of defence has helped keep the Magpies compact - which was key to their early-season winning run. But this imbalance robs Newcastle of an extra attacking outlet, which they definitely need at home, at least, as the 23-year-old offers very little going forward in support of Christian Atsu.
According to Sky Sports, Murphy cost Newcastle over £10m from Norwich City, making him the most expensive member of their Premier League recruitment drive.
The 22-year-old winger scored nine goals in 37 Championship appearances for the Canaries last season but has struggled with the step up and was hooked less than an hour into his only top-flight start.
That Rafael Benitez has mainly used him sparingly from the bench when his team are struggling to create and score shows what he must think of his summer signing at this point.
And Newcastle fans aren’t impressed either. Murphy has a lot to do to win them round.
Jacob Murphy looks like a kid who's won a competition to play for Newcastle— harrison (@AdamH_27) November 4, 2017
Jacob Murphy is terrible, lazy lazy player #Nufc— Rich Miller ⚫️⚪️ (@Rich1982Miller) November 4, 2017