'Thank god', 'Shocking player' - Newcastle fans react as 2016/17 signing leaves St James' Park
By Abigail Withey
Newcastle fans have expressed mixed reactions on social media as defender Grant Hanley signed a deal with Championship side Norwich City.
The club confirmed on their official website and their official Twitter account that the 25-year-old had sealed a permanent exit away from the Tyneside club, while the Canaries announced that the centre-back had penned a four-year deal at Carrow Road.
Hanley was brought in during the previous summer transfer window to strengthen the Magpies’ backline and help the club return to the Premier League.
Many fans have commended the Scotsman for doing what he was “brought in to do” while other supporters seem pleased to see him leave as his departure will mean more money to secure last minute signings.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
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His performance against Forest has has got to be one of the worst I've seen in a long time
— Michael Middleton (@MichaelMidd90) August 30, 2017
Good luck Grant, done what he was brought in to do & done it well #nufc
— Cieran Hogg (@cieranhogg) August 30, 2017
Good riddance. Grant Hanley is an absolutely shocking player. Needs to ease off the pies! #nufc
— Nath (@Nath_B89) August 30, 2017
You came in to help us do a job, which we achieved. #JobDone
Best of luck for the future ????
— davidJONola (@davidJONola) August 30, 2017
Good luck to him, but I never knew why we bought him in the first place, not good enough to get in our first team. Classic Newcastle ????
— Ryan Wilson (@RyanWilsonJA) August 30, 2017
@mdorey2 thank god. Seems awful late to start shipping players out hope there's replacements
— Aaron Clark (@azatthetoon) August 30, 2017
Nothing like trimming the wage bill, Ashley will be delighted.
— Neill (@UlsterMag) August 30, 2017
The Scotland international made just 16 appearances throughout the whole of the 2016/17 season and failed to to nail down a permanent spot as he faced competition from captain Jamal Lascelles, Ciaran Clark and Cancel Mbemba in the centre-half.
Benitez appeared to have filled Hanley’s spot with new signing Florian Lejeune during the current transfer window, and the fresh centre-back quickly became recognised in the Toon backline despite an early injury.
The 25-year-old made just one appearance for the club during the current campaign when he was selected to feature in the club’s 3-2 defeat to Nottingham Forest and gave a less than impressive performance after receiving a late booking towards the end of the second half.
In other Newcastle news, a London club have submitted and eight-figure bid for one of the Magpies’ top goalscorers.