With Graham Carr leaving Newcastle United after seven years, we look through all his signings for us.
Cheick Tiote was Graham Carr's first ever signing for us and will mainly be remembered for his wonder strike to complete a historic comeback against Arsenal in February 2011. The Ivorian played a key part alongside Yohan Cabaye in our fifth place finish in 2011-12 and during his six and a half years at the club, had two fantastic strikes at the Leazes End disallowed against Man City in January 2014 and West Brom in February 2016. Despite some excellent games towards the end of the 2015-16 season, it wasn't enough to help us survive relegation and Tiote didn't play during pre season. However, he did make three appearances in all competitions in 2016-17 before moving to Chinese club Beijing Enterprises, where he sadly collapsed and died in June 2017
Hatem Ben Arfa
Hatem Ben Arfa joined on loan from Marseille in August 2010 and on his first start, scored a fantastic strike in a 1-0 win at Everton but two weeks later, the Frenchman's season was ended thanks to a horror tackle by Man City's Nigel De Jong. He was signed permanently in January 2011 and returned to action in a pre season friendly at Darlington before suffering another injury against Sporting Kansas City in the team's pre season tour of the USA. His first goal of the 2011-12 season came in a 2-0 win at Bolton on Boxing Day before scoring probably our best ever FA Cup goal against Blackburn (a goal which was nominated for the 2012 Puskas Award). He won the Match of The Day Goal of the Month award in April after running from his own half to score against Bolton at St James' Park. Despite our poor 2012-13 campaign, Hatem still shined and won the September 2012 Goal of the Month award for his stunning equaliser against Aston Villa before an injury in December meant his next start would come against West Ham on 4 May but he scored a penalty in a 2-1 win at QPR in our penultimate game eight days later. Despite a good start to the 2013-14 season, Ben Arfa's final Newcastle goal came from the penalty spot in a 3-0 win at Crystal Palace on 21 December and he was loaned out to Hull in September 2014 to the dismay of many fans and was released after returning from his loan on Humberside after falling out with Tigers manager Steve Bruce.
After helping Lille to their first Ligue 1 title since 1954, Yohan Cabaye was instrumental alongside Cheick Tiote as we finished 5th in the 2011-12 campaign. This included a superb free kick in a 3-0 hammering of reigning champions Man Utd, an amazing assist for Papiss Cisse in a 3-0 win over Stoke in a game which saw the Frenchman also score twice. But after suffering an injury against West Ham in November 2012, Cabaye wouldn't play for another two months but on his return, netted a fantastic free kick against Reading before a stunning strike in a 2-1 win at Aston Villa in our next game. He scored another free kick against Stoke in March as we came from behind to win 2-1. After we rejected a £10m bid from Arsenal shortly before our first game of the 2013-14 season at Man City, Cabaye refused to play in that game or against West Ham in our second game but came off the bench against Fulham in our third game before starting against Aston Villa in our fourth game, he netted from twenty-five yards in a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in October and scored the goal to seal our first win at Old Trafford since 1972. But his last kick in a Magpies shirt was a free kick to wrap up a 3-1 win at West Ham in January 2014 and shortly afterwards, he was sold to PSG for £27m.
Following West Ham's relegation in May 2011, Carr managed to trigger a release clause in Demba Ba's contract, which allowed the Senegalese striker to leave for free. His first three goals all came in a 3-1 win against Blackburn at St James' Park in September whilst he also hit a treble in another 3-1 away to Stoke the following month. After returning from the African Nations Cup, he scored on his return against Aston Villa and celebrated with Senegal teammate Papiss Cisse, who'd signed just before their AFCON campaign and would score the winner, this was his final goal of the season as he was moved out wide with Cisse taking over as the main goalscorer. He scored a fantastic curling effort in a 2-1 win against Tottenham on the opening day of the 2012-13 season and won us a lot of points during a poor first half of the season before Chelsea triggered a £7m release clause in January 2013.
Having rejected a move to Liverpool just before joining us a day after Ba signed, Sylvain Marveaux failed to forfill his potential on Tyneside. He didn't make his league debut until November 2011 when he suffered a groin injury against Everton and only made seven league appearances in his first season at St James' Park. His best season came the following season as he scored his first Magpies goal against Maritimo in November before netting his only Premier League goal in a thrilling 7-3 loss at Arsenal in December before setting up another goal later in the game. The Frenchman also set up Papiss Cisse for consecutive last minute home winners against Stoke and Anzhi Makhachkala in March 2013 but injuries limited him to nine league appearances in 2013-14 and he was loaned out to Guingamp for the 2014-15 season. He made appearances for the reserve side in 2015-16 and even made a surprise return to the bench against Man Utd in January but was released along with Gabriel Obertan in May 2016 and joined Lorient two months later.
Gabriel Obertan failed to impress for Man Utd and disappointed for most of his time on Tyneside. But in 2014-15, his best spell came when he was brought into the side with new signing Remy Cabella struggling out wide and nearly got an assist as a substitute for Jack Colback against Stoke before assisting Papiss Cisse against Swansea five days later. He scored a fantastic goal to seal our first league win of the season against Leicester and impressed in a Capital One Cup fourth round win at Man City before an injury against Liverpool ruled him out until February. But after only making six appearances in 2015-16, he was released along with Sylvain Marveaux in May 2016.
Papiss Cisse signed shortly before heading to the African Nations Cup with Senegal in January 2012 and after coming on for his debut in place of the injured Leon Best against Aston Villa he celebrated with Senegal teammate Demba Ba after he opened the scoring before he score the winner. He would finish the season with an incredible thirteen goals in fourteen games, including the Goal of the Season against Chelsea but afterwards, he only scored thirty-one times in one hundred and seventeen games and was sold onto Chinese club Shandong Luneng in July 2016, where he revealed a fantastic message Cheick Tiote after scoring shortly after the Ivorian's death in June 2017.
After his contract expired at Reims, Romain Amalfitano joined in the summer of 2012 but only played five competitive games, all of which were in our Europa League campaign before being loaned to Dijon in September 2013. He joined the Ligue 2 si