George Caulkin of The Times has tweeted late tonight that things are starting to move quickly on Tyneside as transfer targets are being discussed between Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley.
It seems that Rafa’s staff are already beginning the task of talking to agents about players possibly arriving at Newcastle this summer.
Rafa has a huge number of contacts in Europe and we wouldn’t be too surprised if he is able to attract some very good players to the club this summer, even though we will be in England’s second division next season.
Rafa Benitez – staff already working hard on transfers
Having begun task of identifying #Nufc targets, Benitez’s staff already talking to agents. Both sides happy/confident, nothing sealed yet.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) May 17, 2016
With 46 games to be played in the Championship next season we will need a big enough squad to handle the extra games compared to the Premier League and we have to think that Mike Ashley has already agreed to that with the former Liverpool manager.
One area that Rafa will strengthen big time is our defense – and if we had only done that last summer we would not be in the Championship next season.
Rafa got a hold on the defense to some extent, but only after the first four games at Newcastle and in 10 games played we conceded 12 goals with only one goal conceded in the last three games, but 8 goals conceded in the first four games.
If only Rafa had been brought in earlier ……
While it’s only 10 games played, it’s also the first time we have had a positive goal difference since 2012, when Alan Pardew had us in 5th place and was voted the Premier League Manager of the Season.
Another area of the team Rafa will want to fix is the goalscoring, although we had no trouble on Sunday putting five past the best defense in the Premier League in Tottenham Hotspur.
And we were down to 10 men when we hit home the final three goals as Spurs were completely routed by a fast counter-attacking Newcastle.
Officials at Newcastle are reported to be working hard to get the final agreements signed by Rafa, but work now seems to be going ahead at top speed.