Despite failing to finish in the top 10, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United have survived another Premier League season after the club has struggled with consistency since their relegation in 2016.
Finishing in 13th place, three places worse than last year, it could well be that the Magpies are finally finding their feet again in England’s top division.
Newcastle managed some particularly impressive results this year, including the 2-1 win over now league winners Manchester City.
Many had Newcastle United marked down for the drop to the Championship, but Benitez was able to keep the North Eastern outfit up for another season.
The Spaniard made a handful of signings to avoid the drop, ranging from leaders at the back to prolific attackers; but how have they fared at St James’ Park this season?
Ranking from A-F, we take a look back on how Newcastle’s summer and winter signings have impacted the 2018/19 campaign.
Antonio Barreca (loan) - D
Signing on loan from Monaco in January, the full-back has not been a stand-out arrival to the club after only making one appearance. His loan is to expire in the summer.
Federico Fernandez - D
After an average first season at the club, the Argentine proved useful as a back up to Fabian Schar and Jamaal Lascelles. Adds some depth to Newcastle’s backline.
Salmon Rondon (loan) - A
Probably the best piece of business Rafa Benitez has conducted this season after the Colombian has scored 12 goals in all competitions and links up with Ayoze Perez really well. Magpie fans will be hoping it becomes a permanent deal in the summer.
Yoshinori Muto - C
An overall disappointing season for the Japanese international, despite scoring against Manchester United. Overall he has failed to live up to his £9.5m price tag, however, he may improve during the next campaign.
Ki Sung-yeung - C
Despite being a free transfer, the South Korean hasn’t made much impact on the squad, only by offering some depth in the squad when it was required. He’s certainly a useful player to have around.
Fabian Schar - B
Definitely one of Newcastle’s stronger players at the back since signing from Deportivo; he also has a wonderful strike in his locker. He’s really impressed during the second half of the campaign.
Martin Dubravka - B
Originally signing on loan, the Magpies decided to make it a permanent signing in the summer of 2018 and he has since impressed between the sticks, saving some valuable points and hardly putting a foot wrong.
Miguel Almiron - C
After only signing in January, the club’s record transfer has had a fairly decent season at St James’ Park and will be looking for better performances once he settles in over the summer.
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