It looks like Rafa Benitez will be very active in the summer transfer window and according to the Chronicle will bring in five or six new players.
But when you consider the number of players who will leave – admittedly a lot of fringe players – Newcastle need to build up the numbers again this summer.
Rafa will want the biggest squad we’ve ever had under owner Mike Ashley, so the team can adequately get through the tough 46 game Championship season – and get promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Rafa Benitez – wants five or six players brought in
Newcastle have already ended the contracts of Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, who are now free agents after five years at the club.
Remy Cabella will also be sold to Marseille on 1st July for €8M, according to multiple reports.
And when Rafa finally announces the retained list – maybe in the next day or two – Steven Taylor is expected to be released and it’s almost a certainty that Fabricio Coloccini has also played his last game for Newcastle United.
The loan deal of Seydou Doumbia has ended and it’s likely that Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran will be moved out with both having just one year left on their contracts.
Emmanuel Riviere is also likely to be sold or moved out on loan.
So that’s about nine players who could leave the club this summer, so it’s not that surprising if Rafa Benitez wants to build up the squad with say six new players.
Rafa will also add some youngsters to the first team squad and they will include at least Adam Armstrong and Jamie Sterry, who made his Premier League debut against Tottenham in the final game of the season.
If we can keep Curtis Good fit, then he could be one to figure next season, after having serious long term injury problems since he made his debut for Australia back in early March, 2014.
Returning youngsters Sammy Ameobi, Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic are unlikely to be part of the first team squad next season and could be sold or loaned out again.
Rafa could bring in some Championship players this season, but today he said he wants players with passion, commitment and quality to make a difference for Newcastle in the Championship.
That sounds about right and the players could come from anywhere – including some from Spain.
Bottom line – we expect Rafa to significantly strengthen the squad by the time September rolls around, so we can mount a very real push for promotion in the coming season.
What do you think?