With Newcastle’s Premier League status so dodgy at the moment, it’s difficult to look forward too much to the summer and the upcoming transfer window, because depending on whether we stay up or not will determine the type of players we will sign this summer and they will be completely different.
If we stay in the Premier League they could be stellar players that Rafa brings in and if we take the drop they will be players who can help us get out of the Championship at the first attempt, as we did in season 2009-2010 under Chris Hughton.
We have every faith in Rafa Benitez and hope he can save us from the drop but he hasn’t been given many games – 10 in all to do that – starting at league leaders Leicester City last night where we narrowly lost 1-0 and in general the team played very well, but we missed our chances.
Keita Balde Diao – fancied by Benitez?
If Rafa does stay then he will not only attract good players to the club, but he may already know some good players we should sign because of his recent work at Naples and recently at Real Madrid – maybe the world’s most famous football club.
One such player being mentioned in reports is Lazio left winger Keita Balde Diao, who is a 21 year-old who was strongly linked with Liverpool twenty months ago – and there were also reports Rafa Benitez was interested in him when he was hired at Real Madrid last June.
By the summer Rafa will have by then seen the strengths and mainly the weaknesses of the current Newcastle side – and being a common sense and very experinced top line manager – will want to strengthen the weaker positions at the club.
Something that hasn’t been done over the last two or three years at Newcastle we may add.
The youngster started his career with the Barcelona Youth Academy back in 2004 when he was nine years old – and he finally moved to Lazio in 2013 for £210K.
His contract at the Italian club still has two years to run in the summer.
Keita made his league debut for Lazio back in September of 2013 in the 3–0 home win against Chievo and the 5’11” tall player has so far played 95 times for Lazio with 15 goals and 19 assists.
He was born in Arbucies in Catalonia, Spain to Senegalese parents and has played once for the Catalonia National side.
We hope we do sign Keita because that would mean Rafa Benitez has somehow managed to save us and we are still a Premier League club.
It would also mean that Rafa Benitez is in charge of all transfers at the club and not Chief Scout Graham Carr, and it would further mean we are on our way to building a great side again on Tyneside.
Just thinking about that cheers us up no end.
Howay The Lads!!