Newcastle United Transfers

Newcastle United Transfers are just beginning for this season. Every team’s transfer news is available from our Premier League Team Primer! We’ll link to all our transfer write-ups and the latest Newcastle United transfer news! If you believe the hype around this transfer window, you should probably visit often (nudge nudge). Newcastle was unable to come to terms with Rafa Benitez and are operating without a manager. Newcastle has since come to terms with Steve Bruce.

Newcastle United transfers (incoming):

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Joelinton ($50M transfer from TSG Hoffenheim): Joelinton comes in from TSG Hoffenheim only two years after signing with them for only $2.5M. He would spend a season on a paid loan with Rapid Vienna before returning to Hoffenheim. At Hoffenheim he made 28 appearances in the Bundesliga he made seven goals and seven assists. He also made five Champions League appearances scoring an additional goal and assist. This is a considerable outlay for a very fiscally conservative owner, and it’s well needed with the departure of Ayoze Perez and Joselu. I’m very intrigued to see what new manager, Steve Bruce, and how he will deploy the striker. That said, I think there is decent service in Newcastle and will likely double his goal tally.

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Henri Saivet (Return from Loan): Saivet is coming off a loan with Turkish-side Bursaspor where he appeared in 29 of their 34 games. Saivet provides flexibility by being able to play in both attacking and central midfield roles as well as at forward. Bursaspor was eventually relegated, and Saivet contributed two goals and two assists to the cause. I think Saivet’s numbers are probably a little understated because he was really involved on the attacking side (averaged almost a shot per game and provided 1.5 key passes per game). He also provided very reasonable defensive contributions for an attack-minded player; he averaged 1.7 successful tackles, 0.5 clearances, and 0.5 interceptions per game. He was definitely a workhorse for the Turkish side, playing the full ninety minutes nearly every time he stepped on the pitch. Without having a manager, it’s really tough to try to determine if he’ll make the side. Under Benitez, one of the favored tactics was a 5-4-1, which could allow for Saivet to get some playing time either in a pure central midfielder or given the freedom to move forward. The Perez departure could definitely open the midfield up for some competition because they’ll need to place him and so far have failed to sign anyone.

Newcastle United transfers (outgoing):

Ayoze Perez ($38M to Leicester): On first look, I was astonished that Perez would be allowed a Newcastle United transfer; however, Leicester triggered a £30M release clause in his contract. So, there wasn’t a whole lot they could do — the club did make a healthy profit on his sale though. They bought him for a little over $2M in 2014, so they will net about $36M after holding onto the player four years. In the last season, he would make 37 appearances scoring 12 goals and adding two assists. Newcastle did not have the best of seasons scoring only 42 goals on the whole season which probably didn’t help his production. While Newcastle’s first team will be hurt by his transfer, they were really powerless in the face of an offer matching his release clause. I will be surprised to see if Mike Ashley (Newcastle Owner) is willing to reinvest these proceeds into the squad to help his new manager or if they will help in another manner.

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Joselu ($2.5M transfer to Alaves): Joselu was made a part of the Newcastle side after Stoke’s midtable finish in 2017. However, after joining up with Newcastle, his role was seemingly less important than his transfer fee would dictate. He would go on to make 16 appearances for Newcastle but for only a small role. He managed only about 40 minutes per Premier League appearance scoring just two goals. With the outgoing players from Newcastle this season, I would have expected Joselu to play a bigger role going forward. Newcastle will eat a loss of a couple of million dollars on this transfer. 

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Mohamed Diame (Free Transfer to Al Ahli):  This Newcastle United transfer surprises me quite a bit given that Diame was a regular starter for the team last season. He started in the midfield 24 of the Magpies 38 games and featured five more times as a substitute. This move will see the second regular midfield starter leave the team with no replacement. Diame was, generally speaking, a very different player than Perez. Diame provided substantially more defensive value including nearly three successful tackles per game and at least one interception or clearance per game. The true loss won’t be felt the Magpies get their new manager who might be forced into playing a less familiar tactic for personnel reasons.

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Dan Barlaser (Loan to Rotherham): Barlaser is a Newcastle United youth graduate. He has gone on loan several times to League One sides. The only other consistent playing time he has gotten was in the Premier League Two (the reserves). This is a good opportunity for him to get additional playing time under his belt. Barlaser definitely helps his case by being versatile and being able to play sufficiently as a central midfielder or a right-sided midfielder/defender.

Last Updated: July 30, 2019

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