Newcastle enjoyed a busy January transfer window as they brought in a number of players to improve Eddie Howe’s squad.
Dan Burn, Kieran Trippier, Matt Targett, Bruno Guimaraes and Chris Wood all came through the door, with Targett the only player who has not been signed on a permanent basis.
The Magpies have since climbed out of the relegation zone with back-to-back wins over Leeds and Everton in the Premier League.
PIF sealed a dream deal with their move for Trippier from Atletico Madrid as he has made an instant impact on the side and is looking set to be an incredible signing for Howe’s team.
The £77k-per-week machine has played three matches so far for the Toon and averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.70 in the top-flight, which places him top of the Newcastle squad as it stands and one of only two players with a score of 7.00 or higher.
He has come in and produced quality at both ends of the pitch, providing an attacking threat from right-back whilst also defending stoutly.
Defensively, he has been outstanding. According to SofaScore, he has won 21 duels, 13 tackles and made seven interceptions, along with six clearances, in his three appearances. This shows that he has been able to regularly win the ball back for his side and been a “warrior” for the Magpies, as he was previously described by England manager Gareth Southgate.
Offensively, he has been a difference-maker. As per SofaScore, he has created six chances and scored one goal against Watford, Leeds and Everton. He scored a stunning free-kick on Tuesday night as he beat his England teammate Jordan Pickford from distance with an excellent effort.
One of those key passes resulted in Mason Holgate’s own goal against the Toffees on Tuesday. He will not get the assist for the goal, but his sublime delivery landed on Jamaal Lascelles’ head and his effort bounced down off the crossbar and in off the unfortunate Everton defender.
This, along with his free-kick strike, highlights the immense quality he provides from set plays. He is able to add a major weapon to the club’s armoury with his delivery from set-pieces and, hopefully, it will continue to play a part in helping the Magpies score goals in the Premier League to aid their survival hopes.
Therefore, he has been a dream signing for Newcastle so far and PIF pulled off a blinder by securing a deal to bring him to St. James’ Park last month.