Newcastle managed to bring some new faces through the door in both transfer windows this season. Some new signings became fan favorites while others failed to impress in their first season with the team. As a recap, here are the players Newcastle brought in this season:
- Simply put, Almiron was a stud. He did not score and did not provide any assists for his teammates, but he orchestrated attacks and set up big plays that led to goals. His season ended two weeks early due to a hamstring injury, but fans are excited to see what he can do next season.
Antonio Barreca (loan)
- Who? Barreca was brought in on the same day as Almiron. The Italian defender came over on a loan deal from AS Monaco, but failed to impress Benitez in training. There is a reason why he only played five minutes since joining the Magpies.
- The former South Korea captain played well for Newcastle this season, but he can definitely improve and contribute more than he has. Ki showed that he has good vision and can maintain possession well, but he needs to find ways to be more involved in the attack.
- Kenedy was a major disappointment for Newcastle this season. He was a top player in the 2017-18 campaign, but he was one of the worst Magpies this season. Aside from his goal against Manchester United, the Brazilian youngster had a poor season.
- Salomon Rondon was named Player of the Year by the club, but Fabian Schar was surely the second name on that list. He was Newcastle’s top defender this season and he managed to score four goals.
- Federico Fernandez was a reliable defender for Newcastle who hardly made any mistakes. The only reason why he was not a regular starter all season was because Fabian Schar was in top form and essentially became irreplaceable.
Salomon Rondon (loan)
- Miguel Almiron was Newcastle’s most notable signing, but Salomon Rondon was Newcastle’s best signing. With 11 goals and seven assists, Rondon was a key contributor for the Toon up top. It would be great if Newcastle sign their Player of the Year to a permanent contract this summer.
- The club had high expectations for Yoshinori Muto when he came over from FSV Mainz, but he fell way short of meeting the club’s objectives. Muto has a lot of work to do this summer after only scoring one goal and only creating a woeful six chances in 17 appearances.