Mathieu Debuchy, Yoan Gouffran, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and the imminent signing of Toulouse’s Moussa Sissoko is exactly what Newcastle United needed.
Credit where credit is due for Alan Pardew because he would have started to worry big time about the possibility of the club plummeting back down to the Championship.
These new signings seemingly cover a number of current short comings in the Newcastle United squad that have seen the club slip on a poor run of form, to a position just outside the bottom three.
What these new signings do is encourage competition for places. Every single player in that Newcastle squad is going to be a little more determined to train and play well because places are now under threat.
Pardew now has options, several of them, when his key players get injured or become suspended. Mathieu Debuchy is a step up from Danny Simpson, but Newcastle are in no rush to let the Englishman leave despite his contract running out. The competition for places will spur both players on.
The Premier League table does not lie and scoring goals home and away has been a problem while conceding them away from home has cost the club vital points.
The club had to react after losing Demba Ba and Pardew again deserves credit after missing out on the signing of Loic Remy who went to QPR for a higher wage deal.
He quickly drafted in Gouffran which gives Newcastle attacking options. It allows Pardew to play different attacking methods with extra attacking support which should lead to a higher volume of goals scored.
Newcastle are the only side in the Premier League yet to win away from home and only an improved attack will change this.
The other thing to expect from Newcastle is an epic amount of hunger and desire. Pardew has bought well in the respect that he’s picking up players from smaller clubs than Newcastle and giving them a chance on the biggest stage of Premier League football.
You only have to look at the effect Ba had when he was at the club and the effect Papiss Cisse has had during his limited time in England.
Players without egos, who genuinely enjoy football and work well for the team have been the sort of player that Pardew has regularly targeted and there is no reason why Newcastle still can’t get into the top ten.
Are you happy with your recent signings Newcastle fans?