With Rafa Benitez said to be backed with his summer plans by Mike Ashley we expect a number of players currently at Newcastle to be allowed to leave this summer, as Rafa significantly improves the quality of the Newcastle squad.
Last summer Rafa wanted to build a squad that could get us automatically promoted at the very first attempt and that seems like it will be successful.
Now Rafa will want to build a squad that next season that can finish in the top ten and that would only be the third time in 11 years under owner Mike Ashley that we have been able to do that.
Tim Krul could be sold this summer
There are a number of players who have no future at Newcastle and those include the likes of Florian Thauvin, Henri Saivet, Emmanuel Riviere, Kevin Mbabu, Haris Vuckic and Sammy Ameobi.
In addition there’s news today that wingers Yoan Gouffran and on-loan Christian Atsu have not done enough to persuade Rafa to keep them at Newcastle for next season.
Yoan’s contract runs out in June and Christian is on a season long loan deal from Chelsea.
Established players like Tim Krul and Siem de Jong could also leave and players in the current Championship squad such as Massadio Haidara, Daryl Murphy and Chancel Mbemba could be surplus to requirements.
Last summer’s clear-out and transfers were to get rid of the dead wood at the club and build a side that could be promoted from the Championship at the very first attempt.
The contrast this summer is that Rafa will be looking to build a squad that can challenge for the top ten (or even the top six) in the Premier League.
And the very good news today in the Chronicle is that Rafa wants to bring in six top players this summer and has ambitious plans for the transfer window and owner Mike Ashley is said to be willing to fully back him.
So everything seems on track – the only thing we need to do now is to win some games and seal that promotion – three wins in our last five games will ensure that.
What do you think?