Rating Newcastle’s summer signings after 8 games

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United motivates the crowd during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on October 06, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06: Allan Saint-Maximin of Newcastle United motivates the crowd during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester United at St. James Park on October 06, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images) /
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Newcastle United made some quality signings this summer, but how have they performed in the first eight games of the season?

Eight games of Premier League action are in the books and Newcastle United are currently 16th in the table with eight points. Consistency has been an issue for the Magpies this season, but last weekend’s victory over Manchester United could serve as a turning point for Steve Bruce’s side. Before we look ahead, though, let’s analyze and rate the five new signings from this summer.

Joelinton: 6/10

  • Joelinton has done well in terms of holding the ball up and finding open teammates in dangerous areas in and around the penalty area, but his lack of goals led to a lower rating. The Brazilian has only scored one goal in eight games, and this is not what fans were expecting for a player with his price tag, but, to be fair, he hasn’t received much service to create multiple chances in every game.

Jetro Willems: 8/10

  • Jetro Willems is already proving that he’s worthy of a permanent contract with Newcastle United. The Dutchman scored a goal against Liverpool and bagged an assist against Manchester United, and his confidence has continued to grow in recent weeks. The unfortunate injury to Matt Ritchie has opened the door for Willems to play more and he is becoming one of the most reliable players in the squad.

Emil Krafth: 6/10

  • Emil Krafth has either been great or terrible since making his debut in the second week of the season. His strength and awareness are his top attributes, but he has struggled when it comes to the pace of the Premier League. Krafth has sufficient talent to start some games, but it would be surprising to see him start over DeAndre Yedlin now that the American international is fully recovered.

Allan Saint-Maximin: 8/10

  • Allan Saint-Maximin has been an exciting player to watch, not just because of his dribbling skills, but because of his confidence on the ball. The French winger constantly tries to take on defenders, create chances from distance and hustles back defensively after losing the ball. Fans, myself included, can’t wait to see Saint-Maximin back in action after the international break, especially after his performance against Manchester United last weekend. He is also setting a good example for Miguel Almiron to follow on the opposite wing.

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Andy Carroll: 7/10

  • Andy Carroll has only made three appearances for the Magpies this season as a substitute and his offensive production has been minimal, but his work ethic has been impressive. Carroll has been competitive in duels and has helped out defensively with some important clearances late in the game. Seeing that Bruce has turned to a 3-4-3 formation going forward, Carroll should receive more crosses in the box and this could lead to some goals for the big man up top.