They also showed how capable they can be when it comes to signing players from fellow Premier League clubs such as Matt Targett, Chris Wood and Dan Burn.
Now that the summer transfer window has opened for business, it would be hard to see the Magpies not dipping into the market again to strengthen their squad ahead of the upcoming season.
With that in mind, another Premier League player with whom the Toon have been linked recently and who could be a big upgrade on one of their current players is Christian Eriksen.
After making 304 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur, in which he scored 69 goals and delivered 90 assists, the midfielder moved to Inter Milan in January 2020, where he was collecting a rather hefty wage of £228k-per-week in his second season.
The 30-year-old left the San Siro in December by mutual consent after suffering a cardiac arrest during Euro 2020 this time last year. He then joined Brentford a few weeks later, where he eventually went on to score one goal and deliver four assists in 11 appearances.
Having since proven how capable he still is of playing in the Premier League, it’s easy to see why the Toon have been linked with a move for the midfielder despite his advanced age.
Should Eddie Howe’s side manage to secure his signature, they would definitely be getting themselves a big upgrade on current Magpies midfielder Sean Longstaff.
Despite playing 13 fewer league games than the 24-year-old last season, Eriksen still racked up more shots, crosses and shot-creating actions than Longstaff. This highlights how much of an improvement the Dane would be on the current St James’ Park ace in an attacking sense.
Labelled a “wizard” in the past by journalist Josh Wright, Eriksen would certainly bring a lot of experience with him to Tyneside in the same way that Wood and Burn did in January.
Also, with his ability to create goals and provide a consistent attacking threat, he could be a great asset for Howe and Newcastle moving forward.