Somehow, even under Lee Charnley’s guidance, we’ve managed to complete five signings this summer.

However, the question can often be this: will they settle in, or will they find it difficult?

Well, in Mark Gillespie, Jeff Hendrick and Jamal Lewis’ cases, that much remains to be seen. What we do know is that Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser look to have slotted in seamlessly with a few of the lads anyway.

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Andy Carroll posted a hilarious video on his Instagram account on Tuesday night, showing himself, Matt Ritchie and the newly signed ex-Bournemouth duo eating out at Branches Restaurant.

Carroll can be heard paying reference to a report stating that the Cherries indicated an interest in re-signing our No.11, saying: “Ritchie to Bournemouth, don’t think so. We’ll bring Bournemouth to Ritchie!”

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It is heartwarming to see that gag met with an outburst of laughter, and it just serves as a reminder to what our injury-prone academy graduate can offer the club away from the field.


It’s also worth noting that Fraser and Ritchie will know each other from the Scotland National Team, so the quartet in question could well become very good mates at St James’ Park, despite the social constricts of the pandemic.

Also, close your mouth when you’re eating Ritchie!

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