Newcastle United finished the summer transfer window with a whimper.
Few expected anything different, but many are still feeling bitterly disappointed today.
In the end, Newcastle only followed up Joe Willock with the loan signing of Santiago Munoz, a 19-year-old Mexican striker who will first go straight into the academy.
Effectively it’s just one deal this summer, and that was for a player who spent the second half of last season on loan.
And that should have been wrapped up weeks before it was actually finally announced.
The Telegraph have released an article today about Newcastle’s activity yesterday and in recent weeks.
There is an interesting snippet about the club being offered a list of potential loan signings in the last weeks of the transfer window.
It included Hamza Choudhury and Boubacar Kamara, who were the most heavily linked yesterday.
Also on there was Axel Tuanzebe, who ultimately joined Aston Villa after the Magpies balked at the loan fee.
Harry Winks was also apparently an option, as was Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who made a social media plea to Arsenal on Monday to let him depart. His wish was not granted, and he remains at the Emirates Stadium.
And lastly were two names that have not really been linked with Newcastle before.
Hector Bellerin was said to be on the list and also Mason Holgate of Everton.
Bellerin ended up moving to Real Betis on loan yesterday, while Holgate – who’s played 90 minutes three times already this season – has stayed at Everton.
All would have improved Newcastle
All the names mentioned by the Telegraph would have arguably improved Newcastle’s starting XI.
In the end, Newcastle didn’t land any of those players.
There might have been a decent chance of getting one of the Arsenal players in on loan.
The Gunners saw what a loan to St. James’ did for Joe Willock, whom they ultimately made around £25 million on.
Perhaps neither wanted the move, which would not really be too much of a surprise.