It was always going to be a tricky and difficult task for Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley to bring in a bunch of new players and let others leave this summer, as Rafa tries to rebuild the Newcastle squad from the ground up.
But many players have now left or are leaving who should have been cleared out long before now.
Newcastle have done surprisingly well so far this summer and while Premier League sides seem to be trying to outdo each other on how high a transfer fee they can pay out, Newcastle have made some great deals.
Rafa Benitez in training
Here’s how Newcastle have done so far in this transfer window.
|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 - season||Ajax|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - January||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|
But with almost a new team on the field it may take a few weeks to get things working smoothly – and we witnessed some of that that last Friday at Fulham.
Fans have to be patient – as hard as that is after the last two disastrous seasons on Tyneside.
But Rafa showed when he came in last March that he doesn’t take many games to get things sorted out, so we are hoping Newcastle can be on track before the end of this month with three home games in the next four games coming up.
Brendan Galloway will join on loan today from Everton for the season, but Rafa also needs to get some players off the books.
The most likely players to leave before September are Emmanuel Riviere, Siem de Jong, Cheick Tiote and of course that world-class player in his own mind – Moussa Sissoko.
There is interest in Riviere from Hamburg and his former club AS Monaco and news yesterday that PSV want Siem de Jong on loan for the season.
Cheick Tiote could still leave for a club in the far east and hopefully some club will come in and take Moussa Sissoko off our hands for some very high transfer fee.
Moussa continues to enrage Newcastle fans with his immature comments to the French press and is said to be training on his own.
Rafa still wants to bring in a striker and a winger in addition to young Galloway – and if he cannot get the right players in permanently he could well go for more loan deals.
The manager is trying to increase the size of the squad as well as the competition for places in what is expected to be a very hard and tough season for Newcastle.
There are exactly three weeks to go in the summer transfer window so it’s looking like it’s a watershed transfer window for the club, as Rafa completely overhauls the squad.
Almost half the starting team at Craven Cottage were players making their Newcastle debuts.
We have to admit there are more players coming in and more moving out than we expected – but that’s good and Rafa certainly doesn’t mess about.
That’s very good and just what the club needed – some real decisiveness.
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