Newcastle have been fairly active in this summer’s transfer window, signing six new players so far.
This is just a brief overview of each of them.
There’s some argument about how much we paid Montpellier for the attacking midfielder. Newcastle claims it was £7m and Montpellier claims it was closer to £11.5m (Transfermarkt has it at £8.8m).
Louis Nicollin – the Montpellier chairman – has been less than complementary about Cabella’s move to Newcastle. When we tried to sign Cabella earlier in the year, Nicollin said Cabella would be “bored sh*tless” in Newcastle and then, when we finally got him, Nicollin said:
“He wanted to go. I wasn’t happy, but I told him, ‘Congratulations’. In England, there is Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, which are above Newcastle, but Newcastle is a club with a lot of French. He likes them, so great.
“Personally, I would not go to Newcastle. But hey, I’ll see him when he plays against a club in London!
“He has what he wants, fine, we’ll see. But in any case, he has the ability to succeed in England, that’s for sure. He is frail, but he’s hard to catch.”
Cabella made 114 appearances for Montpellier in Ligue 1, scored 27 goals and provided 16 assists. If you add in domestic cups and European competition that rises to 133 appearances, 31 goals and 18 assists. He’s played 17 times for France U21 and scored four goals. His only appearance in the senior French side was as an 80th minute substitute for Yohan Cabaye when France beat Norway 4-0 on 27 May 2014.
Siem de JongLet’s hope Siem de Jong has a bigger impact than his brother did at Newcastle last season. We bought Siem from Ajax for another ‘undisclosed fee’ that’s rumoured to be about £6m and he’s listed as an attacking midfielder who’s quite comfortable also playing as a striker.
In the Eridivisie, he’s made 169 appearances, scored 57 goals and provided 37 assists. If you add in all other competitions that becomes 244 appearances, 78 goals and 48 assists. He’s also played six matches and scored two goals for the Netherlands’ senior team.
After joining Newcastle, Siem said:
“I think we’re aiming for fourth and trying to be in the Champions League. I think that is a nice goal, a tough goal, but one we’re trying to aim for.”
Daryl JanmaatWe appear to have signed this 24 year old right back as a replacement for the outgoing Debuchy. We found him at Feyenoord and paid an undisclosed sum of about £5m for him.
In the Eridivisie he’s made 147 appearances (for Feyenoord and then, before that, Heerenveen and Den Haag), scored 10 goals and provided 12 assists. Add in other competitions and that becomes 199 appearances, 15 goals and 20 assists. Within all that, he’s picked up 25 yellow cards and five red cards.
Janmaat has made 17 appearances in the Dutch national side, most recently making five appearances in the Netherlands’ World Cup third place finish in 2014.
When Janmaat joined Newcastle, Pardew said: “Daryl had an excellent World Cup and we’re looking forward to him continuing that form for Newcastle.”
Emmanual RiviereRiviere is 24 year old striker who plied his trade at Saint-Etienne and Toulouse before joining Monaco, which is who we signed him from for an undisclosed fee thought to be around £6m.
He’s made 147 Ligue 1 appearances, scored 36 goals and made 16 assists. That’s roughly a goal every four games.
When he joined, Pardew said: “This is an important signing because the striking area is one we had to improve. We know he will score goals.”
Quite so, but I think Pardew might want to improve his one in four hit rate a little.
Ayoze PerezPerez is a 20 year old striker who was playing for Tenerife, in Spain’s second division, before we snapped him up for a rumoured £1.6m. His hit rate is pretty good though with 16 goals in 34 appearances in Spain’s Segunda Division.
When he joined Newcastle, Perez said:
“I’m very happy to be here to start this new adventure. Any football player would be interested in playing for such a club and I will earn my position to get in the first team.”
I’m not entirely sure if Perez is seen as someone who will immediately fill a hole left by Shola Ameobe, Luuk de Jong or Loic Remy or whether he’s “one for the future”.
Jack ColbackYes, he played for the mackems but it’s satisfying to know that snapping him up on a free left a “bitter taste” in the Sunderland hierarchy. Sunderland said they had met all of Colback’s demands and added:
“To our dismay, however, we were subsequently never given the chance to negotiate with him to stay.”
Colback himself said:
“If you asked fans around the world the one thing they’d like to do before they die, it would be to play for the team they support and I’ve got the chance to do that. I’ve only got good things to say about Sunderland. They gave me my chance and I want to thank the fans and the club for all their support.”
Colback, who typically operates in central midfield but can also fill in at fullback, has 114 Premier League appearances to his name, four goals and four assists.
Here’s one of his goals. Unfortunately it’s against us!