Newcastle's previous 9 most expensive signings rated as record breaker Miguel Almiron prepares to take Tyneside by storm

Newcastle United finally broke their transfer record after 14 years by signing Miguel Almiron on deadline day.

Friday, 1st February 2019, 9:32 am
Updated Friday, 1st February 2019, 9:34 am
Newcastle's previous 9 most expensive signings rated as record breaker Miguel Almiron prepares to take Tyneside by storm

For a fee rising to £21million, Almiron jumps above a host of names in the Magpies’ most expensive deals. Here - we take a look at United’s previous nine most-expensive transfers and assess their time at the club with a Hit or Miss verdict. Let’s hope Almiron is more like an Alan Shearer rather than a Michael Owen…

Fans packed the Leazes End for Owens unveiling in 2005 but it was to be an ill-fated spell. Just 58 league appearances across four years - scoring 26 - the striker goes down as one of the club's biggest ever flops. Verdict: Miss.
No-one needs to explain how big of an impact Sir Al had on his boyhood club. Ten years and 206 goals later, Shearer is the clubs all-time leading scorer and its hard to see that EVER being broken. Verdict: Hit, obviously.

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Wijnaldum made a blistering start to his United career with 10 goals his first six months at the club but it soon fizzled out. Newcastle were relegated and the Dutchman moved to Liverpool. Verdict: Hit - sort of.
While his current form at Fulham suggests Newcastle were wrong to let Mitrovic go, as much as everyone wanted it, it never worked out for him on Tyneside. He earned just 33 starts in two-and-half-years. Verdict: Miss. Sorry Mitro.
Thauvin joined from Marseille, made it obvious he didnt want to be in England and moved back to his former club on loan in the January before rejoining permanently in the summer. Verdict: Miss - but 10/10 for the tuxedo.
Its hard to write Murphy off just yet as he still is only 23. Hopefully his loan spell with West Brom will help him rediscover the form that caught the Magpies attention at Norwich City. Verdict: Too soon to judge.
His first six months at the club ended in relegation but it was his performances that were crucial to Newcastles immediate return and Premier League survival last season. Is the Magpies most creative midfielder. Verdict: Hit.
Ah, Andros. United could have been some force in the Championship with him, but he opted to jump ship after six months - joining Crystal Palace. Verdict: A hit for his performances, but a miss for swiftly ditching the club.
Ritchie quickly became a fans favourite, netting 16 goals on Uniteds way to the Championship title. He has stood up and been counted as the club battle relegation - featuring in all-but two league games this term. Verdict: Hit.