Whether Newcastle are promoted back to the Premier League this season will decide which players the club will go after this summer in the transfer window.
There are multiple reasons for that – a number of top players we may be after if we are a Premier League would not come to the club if we are still in the second division – and some of that happened last summer.
Another reason is the level of wages we can afford to pay players and it will be a lot less if we are still a second division side and that would limit a number of top players we could sign – simply because we couldn’t afford their wages.
Money, money, money.
Rafa Benitez – gearing up for the summer
Without knowing which division we will be in
In the Chronicle there is an interview with Rafa Benitez in which he says he is drawing up a list of transfer targets with his scouting staff – and whether we are Premier League club or a Championship club next season at the moment is an obvious difficulty.
This is what Rafa said:
“The way we work is to prepare for the transfer window and we didn’t do anything in January.”
“Now I am more focused on the players, but the scouts are analyzing big things for the future, watching games and filing reports.” “There will be future meetings to analyse the market.”
“The difficult thing here is you don’t know if we will be in the Premier League or the Championship, but we are still looking for good players, then we will have some time to see what our targets are.”
“At the moment we’re just monitoring players to make sure we have some good players and then we will see if we can get the player or not.”
“My relationship is always with Lee Charnley, he’s the one I talk to rather than owner Mike Ashley.”
“We will have some meetings in the future to talk about what we want to do.” “We know our squad and that we have to maybe find some balance in some positions.”
“But we will start monitoring players just so we know we are ready.”
It’s difficult to visualize Rafa wanting to stay another season in the second division if we are don’t make it to the Premier League for next season.
The scouting staff still have to watch players we may need – even if we remain a second division side for next season – although everything has been geared to become a Premier League by May.
But it’s difficult to take anything for granted these days – especially with Newcastle making mistake after mistake over the last two seasons, when we were one of the worst-run clubs in the Premier League and deserved to be relegated last May.
That was even though Rafa did the very best to save us and almost did.
That’s one reason we have to push to get as many wins as possible – as soon as possible, so we can secure promotion and set things in motion for the summer transfer window, knowing we will be a Premier League club at that time.
We are very well positioned at the moment – there’s no doubt about that – but nothing can be assumed yet.
It’s another good reason why we must secure wins on Monday night and then on Saturday afternoon against Aston Villa and Bristol City respectively.
Maybe ten more wins will easily see us promoted this season?
What do you think?