7) Andy Cole – 1993
Newcastle United broke their club-record transfer fee in the summer of 2005 when they brought on striker Michael Owen. Spending big on a forward does not always work out successfully, but the Magpies did have some luck when they did the same in 1993.
In the old Division One, signing Andy Cole from Bristol City for £1.75 million was the club’s highest-ever price tag. The young attacker immediately began showing that the squad and manager Kevin Keegan made the right choice.
Cole scored 12 goals in 12 matches, and Newcastle were promoted to the Premier League. A partnership with Peter Beardsley the following year would only seem him thrive more and more. A remarkable 34-goal haul in the 1993-94 season caught the world’s attention.
Cole would unfortunately depart quickly after for Manchester United, and the events that followed in the coming years were made a bit more difficult knowing that he was on the other side. His strike rate was absurdly high, and brought incredible excitement to Tyneside.
While the good times did not last long, the impact was significant.
Andy Cole was at one time Newcastle United’s most expensive transfer. When that record is broken once again, that player will hopefully be as talented and skillful as Andy Cole.