There are a number of reports out today about three players who have hardly played for Newcastle this season and who were signed by Rafa Benitez in the summer.
Those players are Grant Hanley, Achraf Lazaar and Daryl Murphy who did get an outing on Monday at Blackburn and he could get more playing time this season, especially if Aleksandar Mitrovic is sold – which new seems possible if not probable.
Jesus Gamez hasn’t played too much either this season, although he’s been injured a lot of the time.
Rafa Benitez – big change sin squad this summer
Rafa built up a squad in the summer that he wanted to be capable of getting Newcastle an immediate return to the Premier League and if we can achieve promotion then they will have done the job.
Rafa is a very ambitious manager who has achieved great things in the past and we are expecting this summer for the Newcastle squad to be changed significantly to prepare for life back in the big time – the Premier League.
And it could be that a few of the players who have hardly played this season are some of the players who are jettisoned.
For their own careers if they are not going to get a game at Newcastle, it’s best they leave the club.
Rafa will bring in some top players in the summer that could cost some big money, so that he can build a squad that can compete next season in the top half of the Premier League.
That would be his (low) target for Newcastle next season.
Rafa will have to make decisions on players returning from loan such as Tim Krul, Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere, Henri Saivet, Kevin Mbabu, Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi and they could all leave the club.
They could leave unless they have been starring on loan for their clubs this season.
|Players on Loan||Loan Period||Club|
|Siem de Jong||Season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Season||St. Etienne|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||January||Bolton Wanderers|
There were some big changes made in the squad last summer and we would expect the same thing to happen this summer – always assuming Newcastle can get promoted.
What do you think?