One thing we have noticed about Rafa’s five signings so far this summer is that they really want to join Newcastle and already seem to hold the club in great esteem.
The second thing we have noticed is they are only too keen to join Newcastle now that Rafa Benitez is the manager.
Maybe they see Newcastle becoming a powerful force again in English football with the world-class manager in complete control of all football matters at the club?
Matt Ritchie – in training at Benton
£10M signing Matt Ritchie is no exception and he has talked about joining Newcastle to BBC Radio Solent:
“It is going to be a really exciting season and something I really want to be part of.” “As soon as I heard, it was something that excited me.”
“The size of the football club, the manager and when you look a bit deeper, the squad we have got.”
“I’m sure if the offer of a new contract had come at a different time, or if I’d come back from Scotland duty with no interest from other clubs, there would’ve been some sort of agreement.”
“I think it was flattering West Ham made initial contact about a potential transfer, but nothing came of it.”
“I was working hard as if I was coming back to Bournemouth from international duty with Scotland and had nothing else on my mind.”
“But when things do come up and you hear of interest from other clubs, you have to deal with it and that’s football.”
“When a club like Newcastle is interested, I wanted to pursue it – I’m delighted to be here, it is a fantastic club.”
If things go as well as we are expecting over the next two or three years then there will be calls – maybe even form Rafa Benitez himself – that Newcastle raise the total attendance at St. James’ Park to around 60,000.
That’s something Freddie Shepherd was thinking of doing over a decade ago.
When we have a really good side and can easily fill the stadium is when to do that expansion,
That could be a short two or three years down the road and it will make St. James’ Park even better than it is today.
Just a thought.