Rafa Benitez’ strategy for next season is based on the fact he had Newcastle playing extremely well in those final six games of the season as it took Rafa four games to work things out with the Newcastle squad.
But Newcastle put some good performances in and got a good 12 points from the final six games and on that type of form we should be able to win promotion next season from the Championship.
Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko
But to do that Rafa has to keep all the players and they will include the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat and Andros Townsend and Rafa will do his utmost to keep these players at the club for the one season he sees Newcastle spending in the Championship.
In addition, Rafa will bring in some new players this season and allow some other fringe players to leave the club as he both strengthens the squad and increases the size of it.
Rafa talked about this today in the Chronicle and especially about Moussa who earlier in the week made it clear in the French press he thought he was too good to play in England’s second division.
This is what Rafa said:
“I think that we have to analyze every single situation – every single case.”
“Sissoko – he knows, because obviously I was talking to his agent, and obviously he knows that he’s an important player for us and I will try to keep him with us for sure.”
“The only thing I can say about him in terms of what he did as a player is positive.” “These comments in the Press, I think it’s important to realize that they will not change things.”
“We said what we said before: We want to keep the squad as strong as possible and then we will analyze every single case but we will try to do the best for the team.”
Rafa can be very persuasive and if he wants to keep a player at Newcastle he’ll do just that.
And in a couple of years they will be pleased they stayed on at Newcastle because we expect Rafa to build a very successful side on Tyneside and very quickly too.
What do you think?