Newcastle's Transfer Window: Grading the Magpies' January Business

Often the punchline of worst owner jokes, ​Newcastle's Mike Ashley has been suspiciously out of the headlines recently.

There's been a transfer window without protests, a team that appears to be overperforming and the announcement of smart signings to secure the club's safety. So with all of this optimism swirling around, you worry about what might be brewing for the long-suffering Toon Army...

...But that's something for another day, as today we're breaking down Newcastle's January transfer window. 

How positive can you be when ​Danny Rose is your marquee signing? Let's find out!


Danny Rose

Danny Rose

Signed From: Tottenham Hotspur (Loan)

Grade: A-

Danny Rose was an unhappy England international who wasn't getting enough playing time at ​Spurs to ensure his place at Euro 2020. 

Therefore this isn't just a good signing for the Magpies, this is a good signing for England too.

Injuries and off-field issues have blighted his career in recent years, but it's important to remember that Danny is a full international, and just last June, he was starting in the ​Champions League final.  

Ritchie and Rose show real depth at the left-back position and is a shrewd signing by the Magpies.

Valentino Lazaro

Valentino Lazaro

Signed From: Inter (Loan)

Grade: C

If you were to look from a distance, you'd worry that this loan signing has the hallmarks of a Denis Suarez at ​Arsenal, an Alexandre Pato at ​Chelsea or a David Pizarro at ​Manchester City.

A player whose agent has utilised the size of his parent club to convince his new club he's a difference-maker. 

Lazaro had an excellent start to his career at Red Bull Salzburg, playing in Champions League and getting a bigger move to Germany with Hertha Berlin. ​Inter came calling last summer so to see the Austrian already on the move after six months, rings alarm bells.

Antonio Conte is a notoriously difficult man to please so maybe Valentino wasn't able to adapt to his specific tactics...or maybe he's just not a very good football...we'll find out soon! 

Nabil Bentaleb

Nabil Bentaleb

Signed From: Schalke 04 (Loan)

Grade: B-

Another ex-Spurs player rounds off the signings for Newcastle. 

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce made it clear that any incoming players would only be brought in if they could improve the team. Sage words from Steve. 

Bentaleb started his career in emphatic fashion with Spurs and looked destined for a solid career as a pro. However, disciplinary issues and injuries soured his time at Schalke. Constantly rowing with coaches, getting fined and occasionally, not turning up to training, characterise his time there. One thing not in doubt though is his talent.

According to ​Bild reporter Marc Siekmann"you could see the talent in his left foot. He probably has one of the best-left foots in many countries, that is for sure."

Bentaleb needs to be in a situation that fits his game or there could be problems. Maybe Tyneside could be precisely what the Algerian needs? The jury's out.


Ki Sung-Yeung

Ki Sung Yeung

Transferred To: Contract Terminated

Grade: B+

The South Korean is best remembered for his time at Swansea City. However, in recent years, Ki has been trending downwards. 

Unable to get a game in the Newcastle team and with six months left on his contract, both parties agreed to terminate his contract early. In his departing statement, Ki said: "It is a pity that I could not do better but sometimes in football, there are things I could not overcome." 

An honest and noble assessment but suggests there won't be many disappointed Newcastle fans with Ki on their backs.

Newcastle's Overall Transfer Grade - January 2020: B

Source : 90min