Plenty Of Money For Rafa In January – If He Needs It

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.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    siem de Jong coming back into the squad ed?
    I bloody well hope not. Too brittle for football. Too brittle for owt really


    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #2

    Lots of speculation there Ed I don’t disagree but we don’t know that’s how it is

    Out of curiousity do u feel the same about Aaron’s, Haidara and Elliot?

  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #3

    Of the loanees mentioned there probably only Armstrong will return to the mothership.

    Rafa never rated Saivet when we were in the PL and Cristophe Galtier of Saint Etienne does .

    Ajax talk about Krul as if he is already their player and although he still isn’t fully match fit is very much part of their plans.

    Philip Cocu at PSV talks about what a frustrating player SdJ can be but there is potential for sure , so he will probably be loaned out again to them in the Summer.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #4


    I’ll post again what I saw

    Just got in
    how I saw it
    without Colback – Shelvey was playing to deep and got deeper as Hayden faded – played like a third centre half today.

    Great first five minutes good goal good build up hold up and pass from Mitrovich
    THEN – we were poor rest of the half until Goufran scored.
    Second half much the same as the first half good first five minutes then poor rest of the game gave Cardiff umpteen chances second half before they scored to get back into the game.

    We played to deep – to slow – to square – to much sideways backwards which invited Cardiff onto us.

    My merit marks

    Darlow 7 did nowt wrong did what he had to do – unsighted for goal
    Yedlin 7 Again good going forward linked up well
    Clark 8 Pick of our defenders. defended well – used the ball well
    Lascalles 7 defended well but use of ball poor – to slow tends to pass backwards sideways.
    Dummett 8 dumbest did as Dummett does well defended well got in some great tackles late in second half when Cardiff were pressing
    Goufran 7 took his goal well always involved – team lost shape when he was substituted
    Shelvey 7 sprayed the ball around but played to deep to threaten Cardiff
    Hayden 6 started well but faded as the game went on
    Atsu 7 as above started well took his goal well but gave/lost the ball in dangerous places second half.
    Perez 5 Invisible most of the game neve got close to Mitrovich
    Mitrovich 8 my MOM ploughed a lone furrow up front isolated to often but had great vision in setting up first goal – constant thorn in Cardiff’s defence.
    Anita did ok
    Diame did OK brought a bit of urgency up front

    Referee I gave him 2 marks one for each goal after that he was dismal along with the linesman down the Milburn stand far to slow could not keep up with play flag d for offsides when players weren’t and kept his flag down when they were. Their goal defy hand-ball.
    And as for ‘Whineing Warnock’ penalty might of been could he see from the line where he was – bollocks – funny how he missed the hand ball for his teams goal.

    Anyway got a break to charge engines and hopefully ready for the Leeds game – going to be tough as Leeds are playing well at the moment

  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #5

    In one of his asides at a presser last month , Rafa (who never overtly criticises previous coaching regimes) said that THIS TIME Haidara and Aarons although making good recoveries will not be rushed back.
    This presser just gone he said Elliot was ready last week but has suddenly suffered a mysterious tightening of a calf muscle which needs care and attention.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #6

    I also give Mitrovich credit for not loosing it yesterday as from the word go Cardiff were in his face niggling tapping his ankles – winding him up and near the end one of their players went into the back of his legs and the ref played on

  • rossrich

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    To be honest if we have a good cushion between us and 3rd place I don’t think he should spend any money and keep it for next summer. Apart from Atsu. We need to get him signed up in Jan.


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