Despite making nine signings this summer, Newcastle United are still monitoring the transfer market ahead of the deadline in 13 days. And a quick look at their comings and goings explains why.
Young keeper Karl Darlow and centre-half Jamaal Lascelles both signed for the Magpies this month before returning to Nottingham Forest on loan as part of the deal, while right-back Daryl Janmaat is a direct replacement for Mathieu Debuchy.
In midfield, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella and Siem de Jong have boosted Alan Pardew’s ranks, but the departures of Sylvain Marveaux and Dan Gosling, plus the likely exit of Hatem Ben Arfa, as reported by the Daily Mail’s Craig Hope, evens things up.
And up front, where the Toon have waved goodbye to Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong, three new faces have taken their places in the shape of Emmanuel Riviere, youngster Ayoze Perez and loanee Facundo Ferreyra.
In all, the fans have understandably welcomed much of the club’s business after two windows of complete inactivity, but the squad remains short in a number of areas.
So as the Premier League whirs into life after the first round of fixtures, Bleacher Report takes a look at the big concerns that need addressing on Tyneside before September 1.