In total Newcastle United made a total of six signings in the 2021/22 season (including loans). Last summer the Magpies signed only one player under Steve Bruce, in January they signed the remaining five.
It’s been a strong campaign for the Toon this season. However, it started off very poorly, but the new ownership and Eddie Howe helped turned things around. The boss not only brought in players that helped improve the squad but Howe’s had a great impact on the squad he inherited.
So with that in mind let’s begin with the ranking of Newcastle’s signings this season from worst to best!
6. Chris Wood
The New Zealand international signed for the Magpies in January when they triggered his £25 million release clause (Sky Sports). He was signed as cover for the injured Callum Wilson.
However, Wood struggled for consistency when it came to finding the net. But his two goals for Newcastle were very important. He scored the equaliser against Southampton, the Toon would go on to win 2-1.
In addition, he netted the winning goal against Wolves in a 1-0 at St James’ Park. Which edged them closer to safety, so you could argue that goal was worth every penny.
5. Joe Willock
After a successful loan spell last season, Newcastle paid £25 million (Sky Sports) for the former Arsenal man. Initially, it was a poor season for the 22-year-old.
But the arrival of Eddie Howe had a tremendous impact on the midfielder. He may not have found the net as much as the previous season, but he was able to settle into a deeper midfield role.
Willock scored key goals against Brentford in a 2-0 victory and the leveller against West Ham in a 1-1 draw. But he’s struggled to find his way into the starting XI with other players also playing brilliantly in his position.
4. Matt Targett
Targett joined on loan from Aston Villa in January until the end of the season (Sky Sports). He’s been extremely consistent and has been a mainstay in the left-back position.
The Magpies have severely lacked a consistent left-back for many years and the 26-year-old has been what they needed. Especially from a defensive perspective, Targett hardly put a foot wrong.
However, his Newcastle future is uncertain. The Toon want a more attacking left-back and Targett himself would prefer a move down south.
3. Kieran Trippier
A former La Liga title winner, Champions League and Euros finalist, this was some first singing of the PIF era. It was hard to choose between him and Targett in this spot.
Whilst he may have suffered an injury early on, Trippier has made an impact on and off the pitch. He’s technically one of the best at the club and also has been very supportive whilst he’s been out with injury.
On his debut in the FA Cup against Cambridge, he was barking orders to the rest of the defence. Since his arrival, he’s looked like captain material for Newcastle. His goal against Everton was definitely one of the best Toon moments of the season.
2. Dan Burn
When Burn signed for Newcastle, some eyebrows were raised (mostly by some non-Newcastle fans). The Magpies were desperate for a new centre-back.
The man from Blyth has stepped up and then some. On his debut, he was given the Man of the Match award against Aston Villa. He’s an example of someone coming in and improving the players around him and not just Howe’s impact.
Fabian Schar has looked excellent alongside Burn. The duo have vastly improved Newcastle’s leaky defence. The defender has definitely silenced any doubters he had in January.
1. Bruno Guimaraes
The player that tops our ranking for Newcastle’s signings of the 2021/22 season comes as no surprise. When Bruno arrived on Tyneside there was a lot of excitement around him. It’s safe to say he’s certainly lived up to the hype, with some fans calling him the ‘best Bruno in the league’.
Guimaraes is another player who already looks like one of the best to put on a Magpies shirt in a long time. He dominates the midfield and is technically excellent on the ball.
He’s added goals to his game too. The Brazilian has five goals to his name including a spectacular flick to beat Southampton away from home. If he continues to play as well as he is, Bruno will be a hero on Tyneside for years to come.