Ratings Attack: A Look at How Newcastle United's Summer Signings Have Fared so Far This Season

The New year is now upon us, and with it comes the reopening of the transfer window. 

Newcastle are currently 13th in the Premier League table, and with half the season gone, it's time to take a look at how their summer additions have fared:

1. Florian Lejeune

Newcastle signed centre-back Florian Lejeune from Eibar on a five-year deal for a reported £9m in the summer. 


Lejeune didn't get off to the best of starts at St James' Park, when the ex-Manchester city  defender suffered an ankle injury in Newcastle's opening game to Tottenham. However, even when fit, the former France youth international has failed to establish himself in Benitez's starting lineup, having only made 12 appearances for the Premier League outfit so far this season. 


Rating: 5/10

2. Jacob Murphy

Jacob Murphy arrived at St James' Park from Norwich City for a reported £12m, Murphy, Newcastle's most expensive summer signing, came through the Canaries' academy and enjoyed a successful season for the Yellows scoring ten goals, two of which were against Newcastle. 


The 22-year-old - who is capable of playing either wide right or left - has made nine Premier League appearances for Newcastle this season, claiming one assist and no goals. It hasn't been a blistering start to his Newcastle career, nevertheless, the boyhood Newcastle fan is seen as a long-term investment by the Magpies and so patience will be key. 


Rating: 6/10

3. Christian Atsu

Christian Atsu - Newcastle's first summer signing - rejoined the Magpies on a permanent deal from Chelsea for a reported £6m. the 25-year-old Ghana international helped Benitez's side gain promotion back to the Premier League last year, having scored five goals in 32 league appearances. 


This season, Atsu, who has struggled with injury, has made 15 Premier League appearances, scoring two goals and assisting another two. The diminutive winger offers pace and trickery, and if he were to find some consistency could be key to Newcastle's much-needed revival. 


Rating: 6.5/10

4. Javier Manquillo

The Magpies signed Spanish full-back Javier Manquillo from Atletico Madrid for a reported £5m. The Spain Under-21 right-back, who had spent the previous season on loan at Sunderland, became United's fourth summer signing. 


Manquillo, who has made 18 appearances for the Magpies so far this term, settled in well initially at St James' Park, however, his form slumped thereafter and the Spaniard has been at fault for a few goals since. 


Rating: 5.5/10 

5. Mikel Merino

Mikel Merino was arguably one of Newcastle's most exciting summer recruits. The Spanish Under-21 international originally joined the club on loan from Borussia Dortmund, however, his loan was then made permanent following his impressive start to life as a Magpie. 


The 21-year-old defensive midfielder has made a total of 12 league appearances for Benitez's side so far this term, scoring one goal and assisting another. Merino suffered from a back injury in November, which hampered his early-season progress. Nevertheless, the Spaniard's promise has been one of the few shining lights in Newcastle's struggling return to the Premier League. 


Rating: 7/10

6. Joselu

Newcastle secured their sixth summer signing from Stoke City for a reported £5m. Joselu had spent the previous season on loan at Deportivo La Coruna, scoring six goals in 24 games. The striker had joined Stoke from Hoffenheim for £6m in 2015, however, the 27-year-old failed to establish himself at the Bet365 Stadium. 


After 17 league appearances for Newcastle, Joselu has managed to score three goals and assisted one. The striker is joint-top scorer for the Magpies along with Dwight Gayle, however, he has had over twice the amount of shots as Gayle, and also has a lower shot accuracy (47% compared to 53%). 


Rating: 6.5/10

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