Before the start of the 2018/19 campaign, Newcastle offloaded two players in Ivan Toney and Adam Armstrong, who both left fairly quietly with little fuss made about their exits.
Rafa Benitez sanctioned the departure of Toney to Peterborough, and Armstrong to Blackburn, before replacing the duo at St James’ Park with Salomon Rondon on a loan deal, and a permanent swoop for Yoshinori Muto.
Neither Muto or Rondon are currently at the club, while Toney and Armstrong are simply thriving elsewhere.
The ex-Peterborough frontman joined Brentford in the summer after netting 26 goals in all competition last season. Impressively, the Northampton-born frontman has taken to life in the Championship like a duck to water, currently sitting as the division’s top scorer with seven goals in six games.
In Armstrong’s case, he is second-top scorer behind his former teammate with five goals in six Championship outings.
The duo are also both still fairly young. The Blackburn Rovers marksman is just 23, while Toney is 24.
In that respect, did Benitez and Lee Charnley make a mistake in 2018 by offloading these players permanently, with no simple way of getting them back? We definitely think so.
Perhaps a buyback clause in both exits would’ve been sensible. However, no such option for the Magpies has been reported anywhere regarding their two 2018 sales.
Having watched the likes of Ollie Watkins, James Maddison and Jarrod Bowen step up from the Championship and do well in the Premier League, let’s just hope we’re not bitten on the backside in a few years by either Toney or Armstrong. They definitely appear to have the potential to haunt us in future.