Newcastle are not targeting any particular country for new players like we did in the past, when we tried to get cheap deals from France and only France.
And while a few of them were very successful in terms of sell on profit – think Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko – we also got far too many duds especially over the last few years.
We gained around £60M in profits for those three French players given what we paid for them.
Rafa Benitez has completely changed the scouting priorities at the club since he arrived and he now has Chief Scout Graham Carr – who’s still at Newcastle – looking in a lot of different countries in Europe for good players.
Rafa Benitez – looks like the scouting is going well?
Newcastle will again scour the British market for players as we did in the summer and scouting has continued in countries like Belgium, Holland, France, Portugal and Spain.
Rafa also has contacts all over the world he can get in touch with for good players and he will be updated regularly by his contacts about the good young players in Spain.
So maybe the way to say it is that Newcastle are now spreading the transfer net very wide with Rafa in charge of all football matters at the club.
The net is basically spread around the world as Rafa looks for the players who will help make Newcastle United into a great side again which can challenge for trophies – soon.
After all that’s what he stayed on at Newcastle to do.
Sounds (very) good to us.