It is the end of the Premier League season, which means its time to dish out some awards here at Coming Home Newcastle. If you are unfamiliar with what is currently going on here at Coming Home Newcastle, here is the breakdown: Throughout the next few days, our staff will be sharing our picks for various season long awards including our best players, most disappointing players, best signings, and many others. Feel free to disagree with us, in fact call us out on our BS if you hate our takes and tell us why we are wrong in the comments section.
Our Previous installment focused on the most disappointing players of the season, today’s installment focuses on the season’s best signings. Luckily for Newcastle, there were a nice handful of signings to pick from.
Elijah Newsome - Fabian Schär
At just 3.5 million pounds Schär has proven to be one of the best bargain buys for any team in the Premier League this season. In addition to being a solid defender for this side, Schär has exceeded his expectations here by being useful in Newcastle’s attack. His accuracy with long balls and his ability to create for others and finish chances were welcome surprises this year. For the money spent as well as the production gained there has been simply no other player that has been better for Newcastle and possibly as impactful for the price in the Premier League as a whole this season.
Cameron Johnson - Salomon Rondon
Our best player was our best signing. Eleven goals and seven assists is a fantastic addition. Many signings didn’t live up to the hype, but Rondon was great. He was very important and his consistent center forward play was welcomed.
Greg Troxell - Fabian Schär
No surprise as he is my POTY ( Player of the Year) as well. £3M for a Swiss centerback that has is 3rd on the team in goals. He won 6 MOTM (Man of the Match) awards this season. I think most owners would easily pay the price of £500k per MOTM performance.
Bryan Nelson - Fabian Schär
Between him and Miguel Almiron it was a tough decision. But Schar’s impact on the club has been unbelievable. And longer. Since he joined Newcastle the defense has seen a great spike in quality. And who can forget that wonder goal? £3.5m? That’s a damn steal if I’ve ever seen one. Everything he’s done has exceeded what was expected of him, and here’s to hoping he’s going to be here for years to come.
Graeme Bell - Fabian Schär
Fabian Schär, what a bargain! Under £4M for a ball playing defender is a snip in today’s market. Not only has he scored some crucial goals but his defending has been outstanding. He’s slotted into Rafa’s system really well and he is one of the first names on the team sheet now.
Kyle (1LostMuffin) - Miguel Almiron
Even though Almiron didn’t find a single point over the latter half of the season, his impact was felt immediately. Newcastle’s pace of play dramatically improved, allowing Ayoze to find consistency in the back half of the season, scoring Newcastle’s first Premier League hat trick in 4 years. He finished the season second in shots per game with 1.9 in only 10 total appearances. In terms of immediate impact following their signing, there’s really only one choice, Almiron
Ben Weiss - Martin Dubravka
Costing a small fee of 3.6 million pounds, Martin Dubravka was an absolute steal. The Slovakian started every match for the Toon while contributing 11 clean sheets. That was ranked 7th in the League, ahead of elite keepers like Kasper Schmeichel, David De Gea, and Bernd Leno.
Well did you agree with our choices? What did we nail? What did we get wrong? Let us know in the comments below! Also vote on our poll for who you think deserves the award for being Newcastle’s best player!
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