Newcastle United made their 1st permanent signing in over 18 months in the shape of Ayoze Perez and are showing no signs of stopping there, finally Ashley & co. seem to be making a major – and desperately needed – investment in the squad, which has never truly recovered from the sales of talisman like Yohan Cabaye & Demba Ba. Here we take a closer look at the latest men to don the black & white stripes of NUFC.
Ayoze Perez (£1.6m)
Spanish forward Ayoze Perez signed in June 2014, for a measly £1.6m (believed to be a release fee) from Spanish side Tenerife where he made 51 competitive appearances in total for their A & B sides, scoring 17 times in 2 seasons. Aged just 20 Perez isn’t expected to feature massively this coming season and is more one for the future, but will provide cover for an extremely thin front line.
Ayoze has just 1 honour to date, having been named in the Segunda División Team of the Season 2013/14; during which he made 34 appearances, netting 16 times – 0.47 goals per game.
Jack Colback (free transfer)
Our 2nd signing of this transfer window was Killingworth born Jack Colback, a Newcastle fan & product of Sunderland’s academy, having joined them at the age of 10. Although aged only 24, Jack has a wealth of 1st team experience having made 190 competitive career appearances with 10 goals to date for both Sunderland & Ipswich Town (loan). Jack was a League Cup runner-up with SAFC 2013/14.
Although not the big name many fans were hopeful for, Jack is a sound acquisition having arrived on a free transfer. We can only hope that he performs consistently to the levels he did in the Tyne-Wear derby last season, then he can at least go some way to making up for THAT goal and THAT celebration.
Siem De Jong (£6m)
The 3rd and arguably most exciting signing to date, Siem (brother of recent loanee Luuk De Jong) joins with a brilliant pedigree having left Dutch champions Ajax after captaining them to successive Dutch titles to join Newcastle. Siem has been capped at U17, U19, U21, B and 6 times for the Dutch senior side, scoring twice. The 25-year-old can operate as an attacking midfielder or forward.
Signed for a fee believed to be around £6m, Siem was appointed vice-captain alongside Cheick Tiote only a few days after joining the club. In total Siem has made 244 competitive appearances in all competitions (including Champions League, 44 apps 6 goals) for Ajax spanned over a 7-year spell in the first team, scoring 78 times. That’s a return of 0.31 goals per game operating mostly as an attacking midfielder or just behind the forward.
Not content at that, Siem has already accumulated a range of club & individual awards, including 4 Eredivisie titles (10/11, 11/12, 12/13, 13/14), KNVB Cup winner 09/10, Johan Cruijff Shield winner 2013, AFC Ajax Talent of the Future 2007 & Dutch Eredivisie Fair Play Award 2013.
Remy Cabella (£7-12m)
Long-term target Remy Cabella finally joined NUFC on July 13th 2014, for an undisclosed and widely speculated fee. Reports suggest it could be as high as £12m, which would make him the club 3rd most expensive signing – bested only by Alan Shearer (£15m) & Michael Owen (£16m).
Aged only 24 Remy still has his best years ahead of him, and to date has made 133 competitive appearances, scoring 31 times. During the 2013/14 season he made 41 appearances for Montpellier, scoring 14 times. Described as a fast, agile & hard-working attacking midfielder Alan Pardew is confident he will excite the NUFC faithful. Cabella was part of the Montpellier side (alongside captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa) who won the French Ligue 1 title during the 2011/12 season for the 1st time in the club’s history.
Remy Cabella was an unused substitution for France national side during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil alongside current & former NUFC players Mathieu Debuchy, Yohan Cabaye & Moussa Sissoko. He has been capped 17 times, scoring 4 at U21 level and made 1 appearance for the French senior side to date.
Emmanuel Rivière (£6.4m)
Newcastle United have officially confirmed the capture of powerful 24-year-old Monaco forward (who can also operate on either wing) Emmanuel Rivière of Monaco, for an undisclosed fee believed to be £6.4m. The Frenchman has represented his nation at all youth levels, including U16, U17, U18, U19 & U21’s having made a total of 42 appearances, scoring 11. He is yet to represent the French senior side.
Rivière has represented 3 clubs competitively to date, including Saint-Etienne (2009-2011, 85 apps 19 goals), Toulouse (2011-2012, 47 apps 10 goals) & Monaco (2012-2014, 50 apps 17 goals). Overall, he’s made 182 domestic competitive appearances scoring 46 times – that’s 0.25 goals per game. Not the most impressive G/PG average for a forward but by no means poor, so it remains to be seen just how successful Emmanuel will be in England.
To date Emmanuel has only 1 honour to his name, having helped Monaco to the Ligue 2 title during the 2012/13 season (his only season outside the French top flight)
Daryl Janmaat (£5m)
Daryl joined NUFC on the 17th July 2014, for a fee believed to be around £5m having just returned from the 2014 World Cup hosted in Brazil – where alongside current Newcastle goalkeeper (and penalty hero) Tim Krul, was awarded a Bronze medal. He had previously been chased by several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal and Manchester United.
He started his career in the Dutch 2nd division with ADO Den Haag (joining the senior side just after Tim Krul’s departure for Newcastle), where the then 18-year-old would make 33 competitive appearances, scoring 3. The following season he left for the Dutch top division, signing for Heereveen where he’d spend the following 4 years and making 99 appearances, scoring 8. His contract with Heerenveen expired in the summer of 2012 and he went on to re-sign for then club Feyenoord (who he’d previously represented at youth level) and went on to make 74 appearances and scored 5 before his £5m transfer to Newcastle United.
Described as a hard-working full-back, but equally as effective going forward Janmaat will no doubt fit in well at Newcastle and prove a suitable replacement for the Arsenal-bound Mathieu Debuchy.
Facundo Ferreyra (£1.6m – loan fee)
Facundo Ferreyra was announced as NUFC’s latest signing on the 3rd of August 2014. He has joined the club on a 1-year loan deal (£1.6m) with a view to a £6.4m permanent transfer. Facundo’s desire to leave Shakhtar was largely down to political reasons, given the war Donbass and the MH17 attacks – fearing for his safety he refused to return to the club.
Aged only 23, the Argentine forward has already made 103 competitive club appearances, scoring 38. NUFC is the 4th club of his career, having previously played for Shakhtar Donetsk, Velez Sarsfield & Banfield. To date Facundo has made 12 international appearances for the Argentina U20 side, scoring 5.
Karl Darlow & Jamaal Lascelles (£7m)
It was announced on the 9th August 2014 that NUFC had completed the double-signing of Nottingham Forest duo Jamaal Lascelles (left) and Karl Darlow (right) for a fee believed to be around £7m; both signing bumper 7-year deals.
Karl (23) & Jamaal (20) will both be loaned back to Nottingham Forest for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.
Jamaal made his break-through into the NFFC team last season, aged only 19 making a total of 34 appearances. He had previously been loaned to League One side Stevenage, where he also made 9 appearances. In January 2011, Nottingham rejected a £5m bid from Arsenal for the enthusiastic centre-back.
Karl is also a product of Nottingham Forest’s academy, and made his breakthrough into the 1st team during the 2011/12 season (making 21 appearances). To date Karl has made 86 competitive appearances, this includes loans to Newport County (8) & Walsall (10). The English goalkeeper is also eligible to play for Wales (owing to his grandfather) but to date has rejected 1 offer to join up with the national side.