Transfer Window Closed – Hughton gets the job done for Newcastle United

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Chris Hughton has bought the necessary players to keep Newcastle United up

St.James’ - Will be graced by Hatem Ben Arfa & Cheick Tioté against Blackpool

Five players signed, and a job well done by Chris Hughton and co. James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sol Campbell, Cheick Tioté & Hatem Ben Arfa all signed for Newcastle United,a nd four of those on a permanent basis. The pick of the bunch really is a coin toss between Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa, but the fact Ben Arfa is fit and ready to go unlike his counterpart, perhaps shades it for the Frenchman. On top of that, we have the option to buy Ben Arfa for £5m after 25 games, which could a brilliant deal if he can perform anywhere near his potential whilst here.

A lot of people expected a couple of signings today, especially cover for the left-back area. However, it didn’t come, not that it was that much of a surprise. Robbie Keane, and Ricky van Wolfswinkel were both linked with moves but again, nothing more happened. With Leon Best, Shola Ameobi, Nile Ranger, Xisco & Peter Lovenkrands all able and ready to partner Andy Carroll up front, you can see why Hughton wasn’t too pushed on recruiting a new striker. Also, James Perch can play at LB, and even Shane Ferguson, so again, there isn’t an absolute emergency for cover here.

I am personally happy with the way things have panned out. We managed to recruit two extremely talented and highly rated youngsters in Dan Gosling & Hatem Ben Arfa and that’s always a good thing. As well as that, we need some youth to be given a chance and not crowded out, the likes of Haris Vuckic, Bradden Inman, James Tavernier and Ryan Donaldson to name but a few.

All in all, a successful transfer period from Hughton, and a lot more than expected when that infamous statement of ‘no capital outlay’ was released by the club before the start of the season that’s for sure. Roughly about £6m spend in this window. Not too shabby at all.

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JP...from The Rock: ⏱ 31/08/2010

Extremely pleased with this window. The signing of Ben Arfa is amazing. This guy has the same amount of talent as C.Ronaldo the only thing lacking is consistency from the lad. I believe this is the transfer of the decade for Newcastle and I for one can't wait for Blackpool to see Ben Arfa cause them all sorts of problems. I was gutted about Arsharvin moving to Arsenal 2 seasons ago but this player is just as good. Hughton can tame his nasty attitude and he will keep faith in a player that is desperate for recognition and e3ager to impress.

geordiej: ⏱ 01/09/2010

I can't believe we have signed a Champions League Pro...I've signed him on FM before we signed him, he is inconsistent but his stats are class. Potentially an excellent piece of business, thanks Hughton...and Mike Ashley...I've almost forgiven you...