Rafa Benitez, after bringing three good players into the club over the last three days, will now concentrate on an area of the team that has been weak at Newcastle for a good four years, and in that time we have conceded a massive 255 goals in the Premier League.
Those stats alone say we should have strengthened the defense long ago, but now we have Rafa Benitez on board, watch for him start bringing in some good defenders next week.
Steven Caulker – is this the player Rafa close to signing?
The Chronicle is reporting that Rafa is already working on a deal to bring a center-back to Newcastle and that player has both Championship and Premier League experience.
We have been linked with Steven Caulker of QPR and Grant Hanley of Blackburn Rovers, who both have played in England’s top two divisions and either one would be another solid signing by the manager.
If we were to hazard a guess we’d say 24 year-old England International Steven Caulker is the player Rafa wants to bring to the club.
Local papers in Buenos Aries are reporting that Newcastle have already released Fabricio Coloccini from his contract at Newcastle after an up and down eight years at the club – the last five years as the captain.
Colo, now 34 will join San Lorenzo, but no official confirmation yet from Newcastle – but maybe today.
So with Steven Taylor already gone, Rafa needs a couple of good center-backs brought in this summer.
The former Liverpool manager is building a younger team at Newcastle, but he will not stop at just reinforcing the central defense.
The Chronicle is reporting he wants to also bring in a right back and a left back as soon as he can.
Rafa will want to bring them all in before the squad leave for their training camp in County Kildare where he will conduct an intense fitness camp between next Saturday, July 9th and the following Saturday, July 16th.
The purpose of this as well as getting the players super-fit will be to have the squad gel and build up that team spirit, which will be so important if we are to be really successful next season.
This all sounds very good to us – Rafa knows exactly what he’s doing.