Newcastle United have completed the double signings of Norwich City winger; Jacob Murphy and Atletico Madrid wing-back Javier Manquillo.
Murphy and Manquillo are Newcastle’s third and fourth signings of the Summer joining Christian Atsu and Florian Lejeune at the North East club.
Murphy is Newcastle’s most expensive signing of the Summer, costing the Magpies £12 million. Meanwhile, Manquillo is the cheapest at £4.6 million.
Both players are flexible on both wings, more commonly play on the right side but are comfortable switching.
Murphy scored in both games against the Magpies last season and shone when Norwich lost 4-3 at St James’.
Manquillo started 15 games for Newcastle’s local rivals Sunderland last season, scoring once.
How will they fit in?
I believe both players will fit into the rotational system that Rafael Benitez started last season. Manquillo will likely find himself second choice to DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett. However, I believe it is unlikely that Manquillo will start fewer games than previous second choices Achraf Lazaar and Jesus Gamez managed combined last season. (9)
Meanwhile, U21 winger Murphy has some tough competition for his starting place, it is almost certain that Matt Ritchie will be a regular starter for the Magpies, leaving Murphy, Atsu, Rolando Aarons and potentially Ayoze Perez if Newcastle sign an attacking minded central midfielder.
So what is next for Newcastle United?
The Geordies have been linked with signing a new goalkeeper all Summer. However, I believe this will only happen if Karl Darlow leaves the club this Summer. So next on Rafael Benitez’s wish-list will be a striker after Newcastle missed out on high-touted; Tammy Abraham to Swansea City.
Benitez has less than a month now to finish his preparations for the new season and has already admitted that Newcastle have found it difficult in the transfer window. I believe to stay-up Newcastle need another three players of Premier League quality. Newcastle will look to improve their attacking options before the first game of the season against Tottenham Hotspur on August 13th.
Newcastle fans will be able to see their new signings player at St James’ Park for the first time when they play Hellas Verona on August 6th.
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