Do you remember the movie “Goal! “? Well, Newcastle United just made that a reality.
The Magpies signed Mexican forward Santiago Munoz on deadline day – and the similarities to the cult football movie are eerily similar.
In Goal !, released in 2005, an unknown young Mexican player, Santiago Munez, is spotted and joined the club.
After a rough start, he became a runaway success in Tyneside, appearing with Alan Shearer at St James’ Park.
In the sequel – yes, there was a sequel – it moves to Real Madrid and the film features notable appearances from David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldo.
Newcastle fans, however, are not happy with the transfer.
The club even hinted at the deal’s connection to the cult favorite, posting on social media, “the dream begins” – the film’s slogan.
But many supporters are calling it a “PR stunt” and an unnecessary deal given their silent window … especially with the club confirming that the 19-year-old has joined his academy squad, and only with a 18 month contract.
You can watch some of their reactions below…
One wrote: “A publicity stunt to distract supporters and media from the dire transfer window.”
While another said: “I can’t believe we signed him just for the vibes when our first team is bare.”
Munoz, 19, arrived from Mexico’s Santos Laguna, where he made his debut last year and scored three goals and assists in 13 league appearances.
There is an option for Newcastle to sign the youngster permanently at the end of the loan.
Besides Munoz, Joe Willock’s £ 25million arrival from Arsenal represents the club’s only significant summer transfer activity for Newcastle to date.
In terms of outings, midfielder Matty Longstaff has joined Aberdeen on loan, while Andy Carroll has been released and Christian Atsu has joined Saudi club Al-Raed on a free transfer.
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