If we can achieve this season’s goal of promotion – that’s really all we want this season – then it is likely a number of our players who didn’t get enough playing time this season will want to leave the club next summer.
Rafa has talked today in the local papers of how it is impossible to keep all the players happy and some who do not get enough playing time will simply want to leave.
So there could be a number of comings and goings next summer, but not as much as last summer when Rafa brought in 12 new players and shipped out 21.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Some of those shipped out were on season long loans and some on loans through January.
Some players who wanted to leave the club were sold like Andros Townsend, Gini Wijnaldum, Daryl Janmaat and Moussa Sissoko and some players did not have their contracts renewed.
Here’s a refresher of last summer’s massive transfer business.
|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|
If we are promoted then Newcastle are back in the big time again and we will be bidding for some top players and with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle we will be in with a chance to sign any player.
So it’s inevitable that some players in the current squad of 27 will have to leave.
Rafa has to make final decisions on various players who are out on season loans who could still have a future at the club.
Some of these players are Tim Krul, Siem de Jong, Henri Saivet and Kevin Mbabu and maybe all four players are sold next summer – depending on how well they play this season and how they look in pre-season.
Newcastle will not be short of money in the summer either, with Rafa being promised a transfer fund last summer before he agreed to sign along the dotted line and stay for the next three years at Newcastle.
None of those funds were spent and indeed we made a profit of £31M in the summer.
And with the Premier League money we will get next season if we are promoted – Newcastle will have plenty of money to spend on improving the quality of the squad.
And we would expect the season ticket sales next summer to be very brisk if we are back to the Premier League.
So all we have to do is to get promoted and things will really be looking up at Newcastle.
But that’s still a job to be done, and as we have seen so far this season the Championship is very tough and most games can be difficult.
But if the team keeps improving – we can do it.
What do you think?