Newcastle United enjoyed a busy summer of transfer business as they brought in four new signings to bolster Eddie Howe’s squad for the 2022/23 campaign.
Dan Ashworth, who arrived from Brighton to be the club’s sporting director, secured deals to sign Sven Botman, Nick Pope, Matt Targett, and Alexander Isak.
The move to sign the Swedish striker from Real Sociedad reportedly cost a club-record £59m and time will tell whether or not the summer signings are good pieces of business.
Newcastle have had their fair share of transfer failures and successes over the years and PIF will endure and enjoy that in the years to come, much like Mike Ashley did during his time on Tyneside.
The Sports Direct supremo, who sold the club in October of last year, was no stranger to dropping a clanger in the transfer market and one player he had a nightmare with was the signing of attacking midfielder Remy Cabella.
He arrived on Tyneside after a sublime campaign in France. The gem racked up 14 goals and seven assists in 37 matches in the French top-flight, after managing seven goals and seven assists in the season prior to that, as he showcased his ability to score and assist goals in a major European league.
In the announcement of his signing, then-manager Alan Pardew said: “He is a player who I am sure will excite our fans. He has flair, hard work and commitment, and is going to bring talent, energy and quality to St James’ Park.”
Unfortunately, for Newcastle, Cabella did little to get the supporters off their seats – at least in excitement – as he struggled badly in the Premier League.
He played 31 matches, starting 21, in the 2014/15 season for the Magpies and delivered one goal and two assists. The dud also played three times in the FA Cup and League Cup combined but failed to directly contribute to any goals in those matches.
This led to the attacking midfielder being loaned out back to his home country with Marseille for the 2015/16 campaign, before the French outfit signed him on a permanent basis for £6m in the summer of 2016 – ending his English nightmare.
Ashley lost out on £4m overall, plus however much they paid him in wages during his two-year stint at St. James’ Park, and the team benefitted via just three goal contributions in 34 games in all competitions. Therefore, it was a howler of a signing and certainly not one of the club’s former owner’s finest moments in charge.