Who were Rafael Benitez’s best signings at Newcastle United?

Rafael Benitez spent three seasons at St. James’ Park from 2016 to 2019. The highlight of Benitez’s time as manager was arguably winning the EFL Championship in May 2017. The Magpies made an immediate return following relegation collecting 94 points to win the second division. Newcastle United will play Brighton on matchday 2 in the Premier League. Fans can use the Ladbrokes new account offer to get a bet bonus to wager on the game and the team to they believe will win the fixture.

Benitez left the club ahead of the 2019-20 season. In his time as manager, Benitez was on a transfer budget forcing him to be smart with his spending. Looking back on the 28 players Benitez signed, here is a look at the five best to play for Newcastle United.

Matt Ritchie

Matt Ritchie joined Newcastle United from Bournemouth. The winger arrived as Benitez’s third signing after signing as manager. Ritchie is still at the club and a regular for current manager Steve Bruce. He has made 148 appearances for the club scoring 24 goals in all competitions. Ritchie is under contract at St. James’ Park for a further three seasons. The 31-year-old’s time at Newcastle United could be winding down. Bournemouth and others have been linked to the Benitez signing.

Fabian Schar

Defender Fabian Schar joined Newcastle United after Deportivo de La Coruna were relegated from La Liga in 2018. Benitez activated Schar’s £3 million transfer clause to land him. A Swiss international, Schar has been a major part of Newcastle United’s defence since arriving. Schar appeared 52 games in all competitions for Newcastle United scoring six goals in his first two seasons.

Martin Dubravka

Signed in 2018 on loan, goalkeeper Martin Dubravka quickly proved his worth and was inked to a permanent deal months later. Benitez signed Dubravka from Slavia Prague for just £3.6 million. According to Transfermarkt, Dubravka is worth around double what Benitez paid for him. The goalkeeper has kept 26 clean sheets in 88 career Premier League games heading into the 2019-20 season.

Miguel Almiron

Benitez spent heavily on attacking midfielder Miguel Almiron just months before leaving the club in the summer of 2019. Almiron arrived for £21.6m from Major League Soccer’s Atlanta United. He still has plenty of potential after spending just 18 months at the club. The Paraguayan has scored four goals and added two assists. He can do so much more going forward.

Salomon Rondon Benitez loved striker Salomon Rondon so much during their time at St. James’ Park that the duo reunited in China and Dalian Pro. Rondon spent just one season on loan at Newcastle United, but what a season it was for the striker. He scored 12 goals in 33 games – 11 goals came in the Premier League – helping Newcastle United solidify their place in the top flight. Rondon’s 12 goals were the best of his career while playing in England. To many Newcastle United fans’ dismay, the club were not able to bring him back for another campaign.

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