£36m Joelinton's start to life at Newcastle United under the microscope – the Magpies' FIVE summer signings assessed

Newcastle United made five signings in the summer, four of those came within the final six days of the summer transfer window.

Saturday, 7th September 2019, 08:00 am
Updated Saturday, 7th September 2019, 08:00 am
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Joelinton of Newcastle United reacts after the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford FC at St. James Park on August 31, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

While some have been fit to play, some are yet to get off the treatment table.

Here our NUFC writer Liam Kennedy takes a look at the impact of all five of those new additions, ranking them positive, negative or room to improve, starting with record-breaking Brazilian frontman Joelinton.

JOELINTON

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Emil Krafth of Newcastle United arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford FC at St. James Park on August 31, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

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Fee: £36m

Appearances: 4

Goals: 1

Average Gazette rating: 6.25/10

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31: Jetro Willems of Newcastle United takes on Roberto Pereyra of Watford for the ball during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford FC at St. James Park on August 31, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It was always going to be tough to replace experienced, Premier League goalscorer Salomon Rondon, as well as Ayoze Perez.

That mantle has been passed on to Joelinton – United’s new record signing – and Miguel Almiron – United’s previous record signing.

And I have to say I have been very impressed with what I have seen from the 23-year-old frontman.

His hold up play is clever, his touch, at times, exquisite and when given the chance looks to have a finish, too.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United is seen in action during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Newcastle United and AS Saint - Etienne at St. James Park on August 03, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Verdict: Positive.

EMIL KRAFTH

Fee: £5m

Appearances: 4

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: Andy Carroll of Newcastle United celebrates his goal during the Coca Cola Championship game between Newcastle United and Cardiff City at St James' Park on February 5, 2010 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

Average Gazette rating: 6.25/10

United had two capable but far from the finished article right backs on their books in Javier Manquillo and DeAndre Yedlin. While the former is steady, the latter more erratic – with pace to burn but defensive errors in him.

Krafth strikes the perfect balance of the two. While he may not have the pace of Yedlin, his size is an asset. And while he can drop back and defender like Manquillo, he’s also a willing runner, much like the USA international.

Verdict: Positive. Krafth looks to be an upgrade on what was already at St James’s Park.

JETRO WILLEMS

Fee: Season-long loan

Appearances: 3

Average Gazette rating: 5.66/10

A player linked with United for years, a deal was finally done for Willems in the summer.

A left-back who at the moment looks well of the pace in terms of the speed of English football but, with the ball, looks a threat with his runs down the left, clever balls and pace.

Definitely a one to watch.

Verdict: Room to improve. Looks like he’s getting better & fitter with every minute on the park.

ALLAN SAINT-MAXIMIN

Fee: £16m

Appearances: 2

Average Gazette rating: 6/10

Hamstring problems have stunted Saint-Maximin’s initial bright start at Newcastle.

A creative cameo against Arsenal on the opening day saw him tweak his hamstring, missing the Norwich debacle. Then back for Spurs, he lasted just 16 minutes in North London.

We have seen sparks of what he can do, but we are yet to get a true look at what the Saint-Maximin can really do on the park. He’s pretty sharp on Twitter, mind.

Verdict: Positive. Has created a real buzz on Tyneside – has just been unlucky.

ANDY CARROLL

Fee: Free

Appearances: 0

Average Gazette rating: N/A

Signed to much applause on transfer deadline day, Carroll is a crowd-pleaser who has all the tools to do significant damage in the Premier League again for United.

As we all know, though, he was never going to be fit to start the season.

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Carroll is not too far away from a return. Will the Liverpool game next Saturday come too soon? Maybe. But Brighton could be the one he’s really aiming for.

Verdict: N/A