With the World Cup over, attention turns to the upcoming Premier League season. Newcastle endured a yo-yo season last term that left fans furious with the management of Alan Pardew on the pitch and Mike Ashley off of it.
After a poor start the Magpies then went on a run of seven wins and a draw in nine matches in November and December, reaching 40 points before seemingly giving up for the season – winning just five of their final 20 matches and scoring only 14 goals.
Alan Pardew faced boycotts, boos and banners on a weekly basis and knew he had his work cut out if he was to win the fans over again, he’s moved quickly to make a number of impressive-looking signings.
Here, we take a look at those who have arrived at the club, who might still be on their way and a look at their pre-season plans.
Remy Cabella (Montpellier, £12m)
His record in Ligue 1 is hugely impressive – he scored 14 goals from the wing last season. He models himself and wants to have the kind of impact that former French wingers David Ginola and Laurent Robery had on Tyneside. If he can reach those heights, the Toon will have found themselves another French bargain.
Siem de Jong (Ajax, £6m)
The former Ajax captain can play in a variety of positions; behind the striker, on the wing or up front. His goal record is good without being outstanding, but it’s his clever link up play and team play is what will have fans excited – he’s already been named Pardew’s vice-captain.
Ayoze Perez (Tenerife £1.5m)
Certainly one for the future, the 20-year-old will probably not get too many games at St James’ Park next season.
Jack Colback (Sunderland, free)
A real coup from the club, Newcastle stole one of their biggest rivals’ best players in Colback. Industrious and talented, he will not quite fill the void left by Yohan Cabaye but will certainly add steel to a weak midfield.
Daryl Janmaat (Feyernoord, undisclosed)
With Mathieu Debuchy desperate for a move to Arsenal, Janmaat will be a capable replacement for the excellent Frenchman. The Dutch right back started for the Netherlands in the first three of their World Cup games before being dropped, but showed he was a good defender and willing runner up and down the touchline.
Possible new arrivals?
Newcastle United: Potential transfer targets
Newcastle United: Potential transfer targets
1/8 Emmanuel Riviere
A versatile striker who can also operate on the wings, Emmanuel Riviere filled in admirably for Radamel Falcao after the Colombian star got injured for Monaco last season. Only 24, Riviere would take time to adapt to the Premier League but has the potential to develop into an exciting goalscorer.
2/8 Darren Bent
The former Sunderland striker has had a torrid time since leaving the Black Cats, enjoying just one good season at Aston Villa before losing his scoring touch. With the future of Papiss Cisse still a doubt, Alan Pardew may feel he wants a proven Premier League goalscorer.
3/8 Mohamed Diame
Powerful West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame is being lined up by plenty of suitors this summer, but appears happy in east London. The Senegalese midfielder fits the mould of strong and fast midfielders who can carry the ball - he has an eye for goal, too
4/8 Ryan Shawcross
Fabricio Coloccini seems much more settled now than he was back in January but Newcastle still need another quality centre-back alongside their Argentinian skipper. Steven Taylor can often be a liability, while Mike Williamson is no more than a backup. Shawcross has England ambitions and may feel a move to a 'bigger' team would help his chances.
5/8 Jack Rodwell
Jack Rodwell is miserable in Manchester and while he is not good enough to break into a City team containing Yaya Toure and Fernandinho, he is more than capable of starring regularly in the Premier League. It would be a real coup if they could pull it off, but young English talent always costs a premium.
6/8 Bafetimbi Gomis
A long term target of Newcastle, Gomis has the strength and aerial ability that would make him perfectly suited to the hustle and bustle of English football. He sometimes suffers from a lackadaisical style on the pitch, but he has scored more than 20 goals in each of the last three seasons.
7/8 Victor Ibarbo
Quick, tall and strong the Colombian winger prived a constant handful in the Cagliari side last season, though he does drift in and out of matches. The signing of Cabella probably means an Ibarbo deal is unlikely, but should Moussa Sissoko leave, Pardew will need another wide man.
8/8 Carl Jenkinson
Was mooted to be part of the deal that will see Mathieu Debuchy eventually join Arsenal, the arrival of Daryl Janmaat likely means a deal for Jenkinson is off. Although his game is quite raw, he is young and able to play across the back four, meaning he would become an invaluable squad player were he to sign.
Alan Pardew’s squad are flying all the way to New Zealand for matches against Sydney FC and Wellington Phoenix, before playing Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. They then travel out to Germany for matches with Malaga and Schalke before playing Huddersfielkd away and Real Sociedad at St James’ Park.
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