Newcastle are currently red-hot 7/4 favorites on SkyBet to win the SkyBet Championship next season with the next on the list being Aston Villa at 8/1 and the other relegated side Norwich City being 9/1 followed by Derby County at 10/1.
So we are the clear favorites to win the league and to simply get promoted we are 4/7 odds on.
Rafa Benitez – has already improved the Newcastle squad
Maybe it’s because not only is Rafa Benitez out manager but it looks like by the end of today Rafa will have brought in a total of six good players for around £34M gross and around £11M net – given some of the players we have sold – like Andros Townsend and Remy Cabella.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - January||Ajax|
|Tim Krul||Loan from January||AZ Alkmaar|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
We should be signing Grant Hanley for 5.5M from Blackburn Rovers today – which is great news.
Tim Sherwood has talked about his former club Aston Villa today on talkSPORT, but also thinks Newcastle are in a great position to win the Championship next season:
“I know Roberto Di Matteo has got a tough job,” “He’s got a lot of players there who can do a good job in the Championship.
“I think Newcastle are absolutely nailed on to win that league, but Villa should be right up there.”
It looks like our squad will be stronger than it was when we beat Spurs 5-1 in our final game last season.
Newcastle could still lose Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum, but it will still be a stronger squad from last season because it is much more balanced.
Rafa has strengthened some of the weaknesses in the Newcastle team including the defense, which has been needed for the last four years.
We conceded a massive 255 goals in the Premier League over the last four seasons.