Even though we lost 2-1 yesterday at Hillsborough we moved from 11 points needed in six games to 8 points needed in five games, since Huddersfield lost 2-0 at Nottingham Forest, so Forest did us a favor yesterday.
If we had won the game we would have needed just 5 points in our final five games to ensure promotion.
And those 8 points needed assume the Terriers will win all their remaining games and they are not exactly getting the results lately, losing three of their last four games.
So we should be promoted, but it gets a lot easier and a lot quicker if Newcastle win their games.
Rafa Benitez – big plans for the summer
So promotion is looking extremely likely now even though we lost our third game in the league this year and the Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle want to bring in at least six players this summer in the transfer window.
The report is that manager Benitez has ambitious plans that will significantly strengthen the Newcastle squad for the Premier League next season.
As we saw yesterday, while Newcastle have been good this season we still lack the skill, class and creativity of the top sides in the Premier League.
Rafa is said to want six top players brought into the squad so he and Lee Charnley will be very busy this transfer window when we expect Mike Ashley to back him as much as he can financially.
And the Chronicle is reporting that it seems that owner Mike Ashley will be fully supportive of his manager in the summer transfer market and ensure he goes nowhere in the summer.
The six players will be brought in as potential starters in the side, so that should significantly increase the quality of the Newcastle squad and there will be a number of players leaving the club this summer too.
It could be very much like last summer as Rafa significantly changes the Newcastle squad with a number of players leaving the club.
Rafa apparently wants to strengthen the spine of the side with a striker, central midfielder and center-half being three of the top targets.
It looks like Christian Atsu has not done enough to make the move to Newcastle permanent and Yoan Gouffran will also be released with his contract not being extended in June.
Newcastle would also like to get some bargain buys like we did last summer when we picked up the likes of Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Ciaran Clark and Isaac Hayden fairly cheaply.
But the players this time around will be proven Premier League players or top players brought in from the continent via Rafa’s many contacts.
And maybe Newcastle can also get in one or two good loan signings.
Newcastle have been scouting a number of English players like Harry Maguire of Hull and Andre Gray of Burnley but they will also have to bring in some foreign players too to get some decent bargains.
The good news is that initial enquiries have seemed to have gone well with a Rafa managed and resurging Newcastle United in the Premier League being a big attraction for good players.
That sounds good to us.
What do you think?