The transfer planning at Newcastle is well under way for the upcoming January transfer window and we will see some new players drafted into the Newcastle squad and maybe one or two fringe players will also be allowed to leave the club.
But with the promotion push going at full steam Rafa will not allow any important player to leave the club half way through the season and it could therefore be that Yoan Gouffran stays at Newcastle through the rest of the season and will become a free agent in the summer.
Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley – two men running the club
Responsible for all transfers
Rafa picks the players he wants and he’s helped in acquiring them by Managing Director Lee Charnley, who does the negotiating to get the players to Newcastle.
Rafa and Lee working together in the summer did a stellar job in that transfer window.
Rafa has had scouts check out various players already with Rafa now in charge of all the scouting at Newcastle and Graham Carr now takes direction from the former Liverpool boss.
We have been linked with a number of players already that we may try to sign in January.
This morning we have been linked with 24 year Irish winger Daryl Horgan, who pays for Dundalk in the League of Ireland Premier Division.
There are two types of players Rafa will want to sign – younger players who are ones for the future and will be given time to develop.
The other type of player are those who can play in the Premier League and have come in to challenge immediately for a starting place in the side.
27 year-old play-maker Alan Judge of Brentford and winger Daryl Horgan are two of the latter type of players.
We have already been linked with a number of top youngsters in Europe over the past few months.
They include 19 year-old center-back Nikola Milenkovic from Partizan Belgrade, who has already been capped by Serbia and 19 year-old Youri Tielemans who plays as a central midfielder for Anderlecht.
Rafa’s standards are very high and they need to be if we are to be challenging for trophies soon – so some of the players will need to be world-class or they can become world-class once they arrive at Newcastle.
That’s the new standard for Newcastle and it’s a million miles away from the way the club used to think before Rafa came on board.
But it’s all good and it can quickly lead to Newcastle becoming a top club again in the Premier League.
That’s the goal in any case – Rafa’s goals for Newcastle.