It could well have been the busiest transfer window in Newcastle’s history, that we were able to bring in 12 good players and allow 21 players to leave the club – either on loan or permanently.
And in the process we made a staggering £31M in profit – so the finances at Newcastle must be in very good shape – they were in good shape even before the transfer window started.
Rafa Benitez has answered a number of good questions on the Newcastle site after the window closed on Wednesday evening at 11:00 pm – just a few minutes after we completed the £30M deal to send Moussa Sissoko to Tottenham.
Rafa Benitez – world-class manager – and it shows
Moussa was an unpopular player who was probably worth around £10M in May after a poor season for Newcastle.
But it was very kind of Moussa to put in some great performances for France in Euro 2016 and we got an extra £20M for a player the Newcastle fans wanted to see the back of for a couple of years.
Here’s one of the questions Rafa was asked and his answer in quotes.
There’s been a significant number of changes to the squad, both incoming and outgoing – what has been your thinking for the major overhaul?
“We needed every single player in the squad to be dedicated and to want to help in the campaign for promotion.”
“I said in a lot of interviews this group of players have been very good professionals, but when a player doesn’t have that desire then we need to move him on to another club.”
“It affects moral and atmosphere in the group and that can be damaging.”
“Also, we have had some players who were happy at Newcastle, but they would not have been a big part of my plans this season.”
“These players want to play football, that is normal, so sometimes it is in the best interests of everyone that they leave.”
“We have brought in 12 players, which is more business than the Club have ever done in a transfer window.”
“But after the relegation and the atmosphere you could sense we needed to make sure that we were strong in every position and that we had the right players and the right characters with experience for the Championship.”
“We know we couldn’t get some names that we wanted, but we brought players in the positions and with the experience required for this division.”
That’s a good answer by Rafa and one of the players who couldn’t get a move was Cheick Tiote, so we’re not sure whet will happen with Cheick this year, but he will probably leave the club in January.