Rafa Benitez has been told he can keep any players he wants at Newcastle for next season, but maybe some of the players he wants will want to leave for pastures anew.
But Rafa today has made it clear he only wants players with passion, commitment and quality to stay at the club for next season, so if the likes of Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko whine on about wanting to leave we think Rafa could let them move on.
Rafa Benitez – could take hard-line with Wijnaldum and Sissoko
Gini hasn’t even been able to think about whether he wants to stay because he says he’s been in such distress about the relegation.
One thing that turned out to be very successful the last time we took the drop back in 2009, was when those that didn’t want to stay and fight for Newcastle in the less glamorous Championship were allowed to leave.
The same thing could happen this season, but we may not know who leaves until late August, so we may get Wijnaldum and Sissoko hedging their bet so to speak about whether they really want to leave the club or not.
Rafa has spoken to the Chronicle today:
“I have been asked about players wanting to leave. But I have had more players telling me they want to stay. That is positive.”
“So we will deal with them and the main thing is we need players with passion, commitment and quality to make a difference in the Championship.”
“Everybody wants to do well. My daily relationship with Lee Charnley is good and that is the main thing.”
Whether Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum will remain is not clear but Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez, Vurnon Anita, Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles have all said they want to stay at Newcastle with the Rafa revolution starting at the club.
If Gini and Moussa leave and Rafa brings in a couple of good replacements we don’t think it will hit the team much at all.
Rafa could also take a hard-line with Wijnaldum and Sissoko and tell them they have a contract to honor at Newcastle and therefore must stay.
But that can misfire if they became a pain in the dressing room, since the team spirit has to be very high if we are to be successful next season.
What do you think?