Steve Howey thinks deadline day arrival Santiago Munoz could go on to become a revelation at Newcastle United.
The Magpies wrapped up their transfer business by securing the services of Munoz on an 18-month loan deal, which has the option to buy, from Mexican top flight side Santos Laguna.
The striker may already have an affinity with the Toon Army as he shares a similar name to the fictional hero Santiago Munez in the 2005 movie Goal! which involves a Mexican striker joining Newcastle and firing them into the Champions League.
While it will be difficult for Munoz to match that storyline, particularly as he will start out in the Tyneside club’s academy set-up, he heads to the Premier League having scored three goals in the Mexican top flight despite being just 19.
The teenager became Newcastle’s second signing of the window, following the £20million acquisition of former loanee Joe Willock.
Former Magpies defender Howey hopes Munoz, who has won three caps for the Mexico under-23s, will prove to be a success story.
He exclusively told Football FanCast: “Sometimes you can get a player that you haven’t heard of and, all of a sudden, he is a revelation.
“It’s about doing your due diligence and research when looking into a player you’re going to get.
“The recruitment people have to be spot on because he isn’t tried and tested and Newcastle can’t afford to waste any money.”