It’s well known that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to keep as much of the squad as he can for next season, so he can basically have a stronger squad next summer than we had for last season, when we were relegated.
So the building up of the quality of the squad begins now, even though we are in the English second division.
The last thing Benitez wants to happen is to have the side dismantled by having all our best players leave the club.
Rafa Benitez – we must have a strong enough squad
That will mean we will have to bring better players in next summer when we do get promoted back to the Premier League (hopefully).
Much better to keep the squad in place – as much as possible – and have the players play in the second division for just one solitary season.
But that’s always the big danger when a club is relegated, that top players leave, because they don’t want to play in England’s second division.
This is what Rafa has said today:
“I would like to keep as much of the squad as I can because my players know what I want to do,”
“Maybe there will be some who we will say ‘fine, you can go’ and it will be good for the club and player.”
“There might be some that have to stay and they may not be happy, but that is the way it has to be.”
“We have to make sure we have a strong squad.” “It would be the ideal situation, if all the players said ‘we want to make sure we go up next season’.”
“But in modern football with so much money, it’s impossible to control agents.” “You have to accept that these things happen, that some will leave.”
“We need to make sure the squad is strong enough.”
Notice that Rafa is already getting the message out to his players, before the vast majority of them report back for pre-season training two weeks today.
The two players most likely to leave the club this summer are Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum, but it looks like Newcastle have put a whopping £20M and £30M respectively on their heads.
So if they do leave we get a massive amount for them, but we will also need to spend some of that money to replace them this summer.
Rafa wants a very strong squad for next season – not money in the bank.
That’s only one of the big changes at Newcastle, since he agreed to stay on at Newcastle last month.
What do you think?