The Chronicle is reporting today that while Rafa Benitez is only concentrating on the next eight games at Newcastle, in an effort to save us from the drop, there have been some initial discussions about transfer targets for the summer.
We suppose that’s in case Rafa does save us – although looking at the league table at the moment – it’s not good for your health or mental stability.
So we will not even show the league table as a humane gesture on this Easter Sunday.
Michael Carrick – Newcastle keen on him this summer?
Even before Rafa arrived as the potential savior on his white horse just over two weeks ago, the name of former Wallsend Boys’ player Michael Carrick had been mentioned.
It would be an attractive move for the local lad to finish his career at his home town club, but we cannot keep letting these local talented players escape the recruitment net on Tyneside, which we have done far too often in the past.
The 34-year-old is likely to become a free agent in the summer with the Red Devils unlikely to extend his contract and that could offer Newcastle an experienced and talented midfield player for at least a couple of years to strengthen our central midfield.
The news is that Rafa sees the central midfield at the club as a weakness at the moment, and that’s after we just signed Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet in January, although Henri has not been used by Rafa at all so far.
Carrick would likely be only too keen to join the Rafa revolution on Tyneside if we stay up and it could be a fitting end to what has been a great career for the Wallsend born player.
Michael has played 408 times for Manchester United with 23 goals and in his career he has 650 total first team appearances with 33 goals.
Sounds good to us.
But all this is dependent on Newcastle still being a Premier League club at the end of the season, which is far from certain at the moment.