If players like Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum whine on about wanting to leave Newcastle this summer, it may be best to sell them – but only at a very good price – and then let Rafa bring in some good players to replace them.
After all they were not good when Newcastle were struggling last season – and Moussa has never delivered on his obvious potential and maybe time is starting to run out.
The players Rafa has been able to attract to the club so far is an indication that our squad could be even stronger if we did cash in on Gini and Moussa – and replaced them with top players wanting to come to Tyneside.
Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko
In fact Newcastle will insist on new players coming in before any transfers are sanctioned for the two stars to leave, much like Rafa did with Townsend.
That’s the way proper clubs do their business; they are concerned more about their squad strength than their financial strength.
The case for keeping Moussa and Gini is a clear one – they are good players who should be able to get us promoted next May and then be the basis of the new Rafa Benitez Newcastle team.
Rafa can make them into better players, but their egos may get in the way as it did with Andros who ended up at Palace – and force them to leave second division Newcastle in the summer.
Let’s tell the truth – there are not too many players who think Crystal Palace is a step up from Newcastle United.
It’s clear that if we can get say £15M-£20M for Moussa and £25M plus for Gini Wijnaldum they will be gone.
Newcastle will then be in extremely good financial shape and Rafa could strengthen the squad even further – but as we said we can only sell if players can be brought in as replacements.
But Rafa Benitez has been around the block a number of times and knows all about this stuff.