Newcastle strengthened most areas that needed it when they finally got their summer spending underway, but they did not bring in a right winger, and missed a trick not paying the asking price for Hull’s Jarrod Bowen.
The winger made a slow start to the season in Hull’s defeat at Swansea City, which was understandable considering all the speculation surrounding his future over the summer.
But with the transfer window well and truly closed, he bounced back with a magnificent performance against Reading on Saturday, which led to manager Grant McCann describing him as “unplayable” afterwards.
The 22-year-old received an almost unprecedented 9.8 out of 10 from whoscored.com, in a game where he scored and had seven shots – four of which were on target.
How Newcastle could have done with someone as direct as Bowen against Arsenal on Sunday.
His dynamic style of play, and his obvious eye for goal, would have been ideal for a Newcastle side that needs to find goals this season.
Newcastle may regret not paying the asking price for Jarrod Bowen
Hull placed a price-tag of £20 million on their star player, which is understandable considering his age, talent and the fact that he is English.
But Newcastle refused to match that fee, which may come back to bite them if they struggle offensively in the first half of the season.
It remains to be seen if we go back in for him again in January, should he maintain his form and stay fit, but if he produces many more displays like that on Saturday, we may find that some of the bigger clubs show more interest.
If Newcastle do miss out on someone who appeared to be a priority target, due to Lee Charnley’s all too familiar dithering over paying a transfer fee, he will have no one to blame but himself.
But on the evidence of his last performance, Newcastle genuinely seem to have missed out on the chance to have a superstar in the making among their ranks.