Newcastle United are going well in the Premier League under Steve Bruce – certainly much better than many fans would have expected.
Many fans were left broken by the news of Rafa Benitez’s departure in the summer, and Bruce has been trying to prove the doubters wrong.
Following Benitez’s departure, fans panicked as to the kind of transfers that would happen at St. James’ Park.
Five new faces were brought in, but how have they fared so far?
Newcastle shelled out a whopping £40 million to sign Joelinton from Hoffenheim (BBC Sport), and big things were expected of the Brazilian.
Unfortunately, that price tag has seemingly been a burden for the 24-year-old, who has been struggling to find his feet in the Premier League.
The South American has been lacking confidence as a result of his dry spell, and fans will hope for a big improvement in 2020.
#4 Emil Krafth
He’s been unable to make himself a regular starter so far.
Krafth has been a fairly unspectacular signing for the Magpies, but the jury remains out on DeAndre Yedlin so there’s a chance Bruce will give him chances to impress.
#3 Andy Carroll
Carroll is unable to play too many minutes due to his rotten record with injury, but he undoubtedly gives Newcastle something different when he’s on the pitch.
The 30-year-old’s physicality is obviously his main strength, and so far he has looked more effective up top that Joelinton having played far less minutes.
#2 Allan Saint-Maximin
Saint-Maximin’s popularity with the Newcastle faithful is already sky-high.
He had a reputation coming in from Nice (for £16.5 million, BBC Sport) as being a flair player – an individual capable of brilliance.
Although it hasn’t constantly been on show, Saint-Maximin has indeed dazzled fans at St. James’, and he promises to be a real bright spark for the Toon Army in the future.
#1 Jetro Willems
Dutch defender Willems didn’t arrive at the club to much fanfare, but he has been outstanding so far for Newcastle.
Fans are already pleading for his loan deal from Eintracht Frankfurt to be made permanent.
The position of left-back had been something of an issue for a long time for the club but the attack-minded Willems has shown he is the solution and then some.