Newcastle have been doing extremely well this season on all levels, even though we have just come off a three game losing streak.
The players Rafa brought in last summer such as Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark, Dwight Gayle and Isaac Hayden among others, have all improved under the coaching of the top-class Newcastle manager.
Jamaal Lascelles is already reported to be attracting the interest of both Liverpool and Chelsea and Alan Pardew wants to sign Paul Dummett for Crystal Palace, but that would hardly be a step-up for the local lad.
Rafa Benitez – a target of West Ham United
And West Ham are even said to be lining up Rafa Benitez as their new manager if current Croatian manager Slaven Bilic cannot turn things around soon at the east London club.
January is a time when clubs struggling against relegation think of both sacking their managers and signing new players in an attempt to stay in the big money of the Premier League.
So with Newcastle having players who have Premier League experience it would not be too much of a surprise if clubs come after a number of our players next month.
Two of them who are potentially in danger of leaving are Vurnon Anita and Yoan Gouffran, since they are free agents in the summer and clubs can talk to them next month.
But there was good news over the weekend that Rafa wants to keep them both at Newcastle past the summer and the club are currently in discussions with their agents.
Rafa Benitez is unlikely to let any of his top players leave next month, because his number one goal is to build a top team on Tyneside that can challenge for a trophy.
As well as having Newcastle challenge in the top six of the Premier League and getting back into Europe, Rafa’s number one target – after promotion this season – is to win a trophy for Newcastle.
The only real target this season is promotion of course – that’s absolutely vital.
If Rafa could win a trophy for us – that would be the first time in over 47 years.
That’s just one of the things that motivates him every day at Newcastle.
But don’t be surprised if a number of our players are real transfer targets for Premier League clubs next month and maybe some silly bids are even made for them.
Just like we bid £25M last January for striker Saido Berahino of West Brom.