Graham Carr may currently still be on Newcastle’s books as the Chief Scout, but the days when Newcastle did intensive scouting and recruitment from France are over and with Rafa Benitez in charge of things it looks like Rafa is keen to bring in British players to augment the squad.
That doesn’t say the Newcastle manager, who is in charge of all transfers into and out of the club andalso responsible for scouting – will not bring in some players from the continent.
Rafa Benitez will make big changes at Newcastle
But they will be players known to Benitez and one such player we have linked with this summer is 33 year-old Real Madrid and former Liverpool right back Alvaro Arbeloa, who is free agent.
Rafa is keen to build up the squad with experience and some grit and Arbeloa would be an excellent acquisition for us – he is also used to winning games.
Newcastle have made some poor transfer dealings over the last couple of years and wasted a lot of transfer funds.
They include players like Many Riviere, Remy Cabella, Florian Thauvin and Henri Saivet who have all not been good enough, even though the fees we paid and the wages we offered them were high.
All four will be up for sale with Remy Cabella certain to sign on for Marseille on July 1st for around €8M, according to multiple reports.
At the very least Newcastle would like to get the above four plus Yoan Gouffran off the books this summer, and if we cannot sell them outright, the club will look to loan them out to at least get their wages off the books.
Benitez took almost two weeks to negotiate the right deal for himself and one that he also thinks is right for the club.
He is now charging ahead with the way he wants to run the club and getting good support from Lee Charnley – who he likes working with – so let’s hope all that continues.
Rafa can not only improve the team so we are a (the) top club in the Championship this coming season, but also have the basis of a team that can challenge for the top six next season in the Premier League – assuming we get promoted.
Along the way Rafa will also have the club implement his recommended changes such as at the training ground to drag Newcastle United into the 21st century of football.
We will soon become a proper football club and we are certain Newcastle have the perfect man for the job in Rafa Benitez.
That’s why a majority of Newcastle fans are upbeat – even though we have just been relegated.
There’s a light and a potential trophy at the end of the tunnel.