Why This Was A Brilliant And Bold Transfer Window

Rafa Benitez’ experience, decisiveness, initiative and vision were in full view for Newcastle fans during the summer.

First of all he made changes to the Newcastle training ground at Benton, which he deemed needs major improvements.

But for this season he made do with installing two new 4G pitches, upgrading the  gymnasium with new and better equipment and redesigning the internal configuration of the players’ and coaches quarters at the actual Benton building.

That would be enough  for this coming season.

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Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez
The two men running Newcastle United

Then he started on the squad and did something that should have been done a long time ago – got rid of the deadwood and brought in new, young and much hungrier players.

So off went players like Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and others and in all 11 players permanently left the club including £30M Moussa Sissoko last night.

And the four players we were wondering about in the summer about whether they would stay – Andros Townsend, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko all did leave and we got a massive £75.5M for those four – really good business by Newcastle.

And Rafa decreased the Newcastle wage bill significantly  by allowing 21 players to leave the club permanently or on loan this summer.

But it is the new arrivals that have most impressed the Newcastle fans.

Rafa has ensured we have at last two good players fighting for each position in the team and he has brought in hungry players with skill who want to be at Newcastle United and are proud to be playing for a world-class manager in Rafa Benitez.

It is a whole new and different feeling surrounding Newcastle now – one of competence and even excitement –  and it’s due to one man –  the manager at the top – Rafa Benitez.

He knows exactly what he needs to do to make Newcastle a great team and a great club again.

So it was a brilliant transfer window for Newcastle in many ways and credit principally goes to Rafa and Lee Charnley, with the two men seeming to form an excellent working relationship for the good of the club.

Rafa is a workaholic and Lee is a hard worker who gets things done quickly, when given direction on what to do.

He led the transfer signings all summer long and did extremely well after the calamities he presided over last season.

Things are looking up at Newcastle United but the proof of the pudding is still in the eating.

What does that mean?

It means we need to beat Derby County on September 10th away from home and then win our next game after that.

But we go into every game wanting to win and knowing we can win.

We know that’s true because Rafa will demand nothing less.

Here are the details of this transfer window – one of the best ever for Newcastle United, given where we stand at the moment.

Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie£10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar£3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

Did I mention we made a profit of £31M and we know that will now be invested into the squad in January and next summer.

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