It’s probably fair to say that by the time the summer transfer window ends at the end of August we will have lost more players than we thought we would this summer – the ones we didn’t want to lose to be more precise.
Newcastle have already lost Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum – two of our best players – and it’s almost certain that both Florian Thauvin and Moussa Sissoko will be out the door before the end of August.
Papiss Cisse has moved on and maybe Cheick Tiote will finally move to an Asian club somewhere, after being on the verge of leaving Newcastle a few times before.
Rafa Benitez with Ayoze Perez
Rafa would have preferred to keep Andros, Gini and Moussa on Tyneside, but it looks like the 56 year-old is fighting a losing battle with his high profile players.
But we have also been well compensated for those players and if we do sell Florian (eventually £11M) and Moussa (£35M) then Newcastle will have brought in close to £90M on the players leaving the club this summer.
That’s after spending £80M last season on eight new players, but we were still relegated.
On the positive side, we now have somebody at the club who knows that they are doing in Rafa Benitez – last season we didn’t have that – and an awful lot of that £80M spent on new players was simply wasted – the proof of that is we were relegated.
We don’t want to lose too many of our up-and-coming players who we need – Ayoze Perez is one of them.
The 23 year-old is going to benefit a lot from the coaching of fellow Spaniard Rafa Benitez, so when we hear Barcelona are again interested in signing him as a back-up to their star forwards – that’s worrying.
Barcelona and Real Madrid were two of the clubs after Ayoze two years ago, but Ayoze wanted to play first team football and so he chose Newcastle over a bevy of the other clubs wanting him.
Presumably his views have not changed on that in the two years he’s been on Tyneside.
The latest news is the giant Spanish club is willing to pay a hefty £15M for the Spanish U-21 International, but we will have already enough money from the big fees we are getting for players leaving the club this summer.
What Rafa has to ensure somehow – is Newcastle have enough good players left and that we bring in good players to replace those who do leave.
That’s not an easy task when you are a second division club, which is one reason we wanted to keep our top players at the club in the first place.
The single goal this season is to be promoted next May – hopefully in an automatic promotion spot.
If that happens we will be celebrating for a couple of months next year!
We are hoping Newcastle keep Ayoze Perez on Tyneside for the coming season, because he can help us get promoted.