One of the many things Rafa did right in the summer was to bring in British players who had experience of the Championship, so we got Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie in and they have turned out to be two of our best signings for this season.
Dwight is banging them in for Newcastle with 11 Championship goals in 12 league appearances and nobody has scored more in the league than Dwight.
Rafa also brought in 21 year-old Isaac Hayden from Arsenal for a measly £2.5M and he is turning out to be a terrific buy for us – a player of immense potential.
Rafa Benitez – phenomenal summer transfer window
Scottish International Grant Hanley was brought in from Blackburn Rovers, Irishman Daryl Murphy from Ipswich Town and Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa.
Although Ciaran had only played in the Premier League, he’s been a standout for us in the last couple of months.
Those players were added to England players we already had like Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow, Paul Dummett and Jack Colback, so there are many British players in our squad now.
But Rafa also brought in players from outside Britain including Matt Sels from Gent, Belgium, Achraf Lazaar from Palermo in Italy, Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid in Spain, DeAndre Yedlin, an American from Tottenham and Christian Atsu, a Ghanaian on loan for the season from Chelsea.
So we also have an International flavor to the squad.
Rafa got rid of the deadwood and out went Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Papiss Cisse – all of them had stayed past their sell-by date.
Newcastle also brought in around £75M for Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum – players who wanted to leave the club to keep playing in the Premier League.
And to think Rafa did all of that in a short three summer months with the strong support and help of Managing Director of Lee Charnley.
And other players will leave in January or in the summer including Florian Thauvin, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Emmanuel Riviere – who have no future at Newcastle.
As a quick refresher, take a look at all the work that was accomplished last summer in the transfer market for the benefit of the club.
|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 - January||Ajax|
|Tim Krul||Loan from January||AZ Alkmaar|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - season||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|
We know Rafa doesn’t want people to get ahead of themselves this season, but we cannot stop thinking of what he’s going to do in January and especially this summer when hopefully we are back in the Premier League.
We cannot wait, but first we have to win a lot more games in the Championship