Newcastle United signed just two players in the 2021 summer transfer window.

The Magpies spent most of the window chasing Joe Willock, after his stunning loan stint last term.

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Rafa Silva (Photo by Bernadett Szabo – Pool/Getty Images)

The club eventually got their man, just a couple of weeks before the window closed.

On deadline day, Newcastle were heavily linked with Hamza Choudhury and Boubacar Kamara. Neither joined in the end, with Santiago Munoz the only incoming for the U23s.

Over the summer, Newcastle were linked with a host of names.

One man who was reported to be a possible incoming was the Benfica winger Rafa Silva.

Correio da Manha claimed in June that Newcastle were set to act on their long-standing interest in him.

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Rafa Silva (Photo by Carlos Rodrigues/Getty Images)

Silva had caught the eye at Euro 2020 for Portugal, which led to an increase in speculation.

But no bid was ever forthcoming – and Silva has enjoyed a great start to 2021/22 since the reports.

 

So far he’s scored four goals in eight appearances, with two coming in Champions League qualifying and two coming in the league.

He’s part of a Benfica side that currently sit top of their league having won all their games so far.

Interestingly, Silva hasn’t actually started once yet in the league.

All four of his strikes are really good goals, but his effort against Santa Clara at the weekend – a 35-yard belter – was undoubtedly the best

Silva showing what Newcastle are missing

It’s interesting that Silva has not yet started for Benfica in the league.

That would suggest he still isn’t viewed as one of the top players in the squad.

Perhaps Benfica would have contemplated selling if there was an appropriate offer.

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Rafa Silva (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

But Newcastle’s financial restraints this summer were well documented.

His lively start to the new season will likely not go down well with some Toon fans.

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