Newcastle United news Twitter account @NUFC360 caught the attention of a lot of Newcastle United fans on Twitter recently after they posted a tweet sharing that the Toon have signed 28-year-old goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.
As per @NUFC360’s tweet, Toon boss Steve Bruce has confirmed that Gillespie will move to St. James’ Park on a free transfer from Scottish side, Motherwell. A recent article from The Express shared Bruce’s confirmation of this transfer. The Express’ article explains that Gillespie’s arrival comes just after the news that fellow goalkeeper Rob Elliot is set to leave the club after spending nine years at St. James’ Park.
After this transfer news was revealed on Twitter by @NUFC360, some Toon supporters flocked to the tweet to react to this update.
Steve Bruce confirms the club have signed boyhood supporter Mark Gillespie, goalkeeper, on a free transfer from Motherwell.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) June 28, 2020
Some Newcastle United fans reacted positively to Gillespie’s signing, with one Toon supporter stating that they believe this signing ‘makes sense’.
3rd choice keeper for free. Makes sense to me
— Jack ?? (@jchaytor16) June 28, 2020
Welcome @markjgillespie ????
— Noah ??????? (@NUFCNoah) June 28, 2020
However, some Newcastle fans reacted negatively to this news with one Toon supporter declaring that they think that Gillespie’s signing is ‘pointless’
Why have we signed him when we have 3 good keepers (Dubravka/ Darlow/ Woodman?) and a takeover/ new manager and staff. Pointless really
— ScrEWfAcE (@Leetuned) June 28, 2020
Don’t see the point, give woodman a chance
— Dale Ranson (@ranson_dale) June 28, 2020
Some Newcastle supporters questioned if the ongoing Saudi-backed Toon takeover attempt is off, in response to this news.
Are you happy about this signing?
A free GK, manquillo gets a 4 year contract?! So about this take over……
Who even sanctions these dealings
— Garry Laidler (@LaidlerGarry) June 28, 2020
Nowt against the kid but no way is this take over happening if we are signing players like this imo
— Michael Brownlee (@mbrownlee1983) June 28, 2020
He’s not going anywhere big Mike
— James Fisher (@jimmythefish72) June 28, 2020
Only Celtic’s Fraser Forster and Rangers’ Allan McGregor kept more Scottish Premiership clean sheets than Gillespie during the 2019/20 campaign. With that in mind, it may be fair to say that it appears as though the 28-year-old performed his role fairly effectively during the 2019/20 season in Scotland’s top tier and this might not be a terrible signing for Newcastle.