One thing that is a lot different this time down below than it was seven years ago is the Newcastle finances are in (very) good shape.
And the fact that we have done so well in the last eight games is a real plus, because if Rafa Benitez does want to bring in new players in January Newcastle will look like a club destined to return to the Premier League and with a world-class manager.
Seven years ago Newcastle had to borrow £29M from owner Mike Ashley to help with the finances for the day-to-day running of the club, so we had enough cash to see us through the season, before we were back in the Premier League at the first attempt.
Rafa Benitez – not short of money
Even though Rafa brought 12 new players into the club last summer and so dramatically changed the look of the first team squad, we also magically made a profit of around £31M on our summer business.
That was due to getting big money for Moussa Sissoko (£30M), Gini Wijnaldum (£25M), Andros Townsend (£13M) and Daryl Janmaat (£7M) – so £75M for those four is very good business.
Rafa and Lee Charnley also managed to reduce the wage bill fairly substantially by sending big wage earners like Tim Krul and Siem de Jong out on loan for the season and ending the contracts of players like Fabricio Coloccini.
So it was rather a magical summer transfer window for Newcastle United.
Florian Thauvin was also shipped out on loan to save on his wages and it seems his permanent transfer has been triggered at Marseille and we will get around £10M for the Frenchman, who simply didn’t make it in England.
So that’s £41M we are better off now than we were at the beginning of June, so finances seem not to be a problem – as long as we can get promoted this season.
Rafa has a free hand to play in January and it will be interesting to see what kind of players he brings in.
The manager will probably want to add some quality to the squad, since he has 27 players available to him in the first team squad, so we are not short on quantity.
But assuming we do get promoted then Rafa himself has said to be successful in the Premier League he will need better players.
So why not get a couple of them in – if possible – in January – and then we will probably need maybe a couple more in the summer.
Bit Rafa will also have players coming back into the squad such as Tim Krul, Siem de Jong, Henri Saivet and young Adam Armstrong, so he will have decisions to make on those players this summer.
But the good news is that it seems like big money is available to Rafa in January – if he needs it.