It’s been a frustrating summer for Newcastle. Hopes of breaking United’s transfer record look far fetched at the minute but just who are United’s top five record signings?
5) Florian Thauvin- £12 million
Perhaps United’s worst signing of recent times. Arriving on Tyneside with fellow other flop Remy Cabella heading the other way to Marseille.
However, after a dream debut against Northampton in the EFL Cup, he looked a bargain. Week after week though, Thauvin looked like he’d never played before.
Out of his depth, Thauvin retreated back to Marseille on loan. Since then, he has refound his form, getting into the French squad recently.
However, at Newcastle, Thauvin will surely be looked on as the player who finished the French project. An absolute disaster for McClaren and Carr.
4) Aleksandar Mitrovic- £13 million
The jury is still out on Mitrovic. Mitrovic is like marmite, you either love him or hate him.
His passion has won him many fans, however, many find him incredibly frustrating due to his lack of consistency.
Looking at his 2015 transfer, the price seems inflated for what United received. Mitrovic has scored 14 goals in two seasons.
Considering one of those was in the Championship. That is a poor showing regardless of age. Mitrovic will hope to prove a point next season.
3) Georginio Wijnaldum- £14.4 million
Wijnaldum doesn’t seem a bad deal at all. Newcastle made a healthy profit on the Dutchman. As well as this, United fans enjoyed some decent performances.
However, when United needed him the most in the second half of the season, Wijnaldum disappeared. For that, many Newcastle fans will never forgive him.
2) Alan Shearer £15 million
A Newcastle and world record holder at the time. Shearer went from record signing to record goalscorer at Newcastle.
Joining at the height of the Entertainers period, Shearer was greeted by huge crowds when he signed for the Magpies.
In ten years, Shearer became a club legend despite not winning any trophies at United. Shearer carried Newcastle through some tough times.
However, one thing he achieved during his time at Newcastle is the 206 goals. This of c, of course, him the club’s top goalscorer.
Shearer was probably United’s greatest signing.
1) Michael Owen £16.8 million
However, looking back over his time at Newcastle. Owen was almost certainly a disappointment. With the promise of being the replacement to Shearer.
However, Owen failed in every way to reach that goal. Owen limped away from United after failing to support Newcastle with goals.
Spending half his time at Newcastle injured and the other half complaining. Owen is not remembered fondly by United fans.
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