Newcastle fans have seen Rafa Benitez in action over the summer transfer window and we think the fans liked what they saw.
In just one transfer window Rafa has quickly cleared out the deadwood at the club and sent a number of promising youngsters out on loan who need to get first team playing time to improve their game.
In addition, he has brought in 12 new players and all are hungry for success and all want to play for Newcastle United.
That cannot be bad.
Rafa Benitez – happy with summer transfer window
The icing was put on the cake, so to speak, when on the final day of the transfer window we sold Moussa Sissoko for £30M to Spurs.
Even before that deal we were just in the black for the summer – but that gave us a massive £31M profit over the summer.
So the finances at Newcastle are in very good shape and that money will be spent on improving the squad, as long as Rafa is the manager and he retains all the control in football matters at Newcastle.
Rafa was asked if he was happy with the transfer dealings in the summer and this is what he said:
“I am happy.”
“Everyone could see we needed more offensive players, more creativity in the team.”
“So we have Matt Ritchie, Mohamed Diame and Dwight Gayle to create chances and score goals, and, of course, we added Daryl Murphy, which gives us another option up front.”
“Now we have Christian Atsu, who is an attacking winger, as well as Achraf Lazaar and DeAndre Yedlin, who are attack-minded defenders.”
“We have also strengthened in other areas. “Jesus Gamez, Ciaran Clark, Grant Hanley and Matz Sels will increase the competition at the back, and Isaac Hayden will do the same in the middle.”
“So the competition in each position only can be good for the team.”
“We will continue to assess the squad over the next few months and see how we are doing before the end of the year.”
Here are all the transfers as we noted them during the summer and they are for the first team players only – and the transfer fees are simply best estimates.
In May we didn’t realize this table would get so big!
|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|