Given that Newcastle win a couple of games soon or Huddersfield drop some points in the next few games then it’s almost certain the club will be promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
And that is exactly what we wanted and needed, so we get back to those big bucks which are anywhere from £100M through £180M per club, as part of the Premier League’s new and enormous three year TV rights deal.
If we couldn’t have made the jump straight back up then it would have been dire – to say the least.
James McCarthy – Everton midfielder
And yes it’s still not a done deal that we have been promoted but it basically means Newcastle will need to get 7 points or less from their final five games and Huddersfield will need to win all of their remaining six games for that shock to happen.
We would still finish in 3rd place and be in the playoffs.
Newcastle have been linked with a number of players this season and one position we are not clear on is striker and who Rafa will bring in.
But that’s been one of biggest weaknesses this season and Rafa is said to want two new strikers.
We’ll not address striker in this article but here’s four players who would add real experience and skill to the Newcastle side.
James McCarthy – shown above
James has had hamstring problems lately, but he still doesn’t seem to fit into the Everton picture under new manager Ronald Koeman.
Rafa wanted him in January and if we are to believe the news then the Irish International was keen to join Newcastle and the Rafa revolution.
James could cost maybe up to as much as £20M, but he would add class to the side.
Andros Townsend – a return to Newcastle
Andros has shown improved form since January for Crystal Palace and he scored a good goal last night in their great 3-0 home win over Arsenal.
That’s now five wins in the last six league games including that 2-1 win at Chelsea so Sam seems to be working his magic again.
Andros is looking a lot better at Palace these days, but we still think Rafa wants him at Newcastle for £13M and Andros should jump at the chance to return to Tyneside.
It also looks like Geordie fans will forgive him for leaving us last summer.
Andros would have the opportunity to work for a world-class manager who rates him – what could be better than that?
Harry Maguire – Hull center-back
Harry has looked very good in central defense for Hull this season and it seems Newcastle are interested in signing the player this summer.
Harry is said to be keen to join the Rafa revolution and one area Rafa will strengthen is in central defense for around £12M.
It looks like Chancel Mbemba is likely to be moved out in the summer.
Charlie Taylor – Leeds left back
The Leeds United left back will become a free agent this summer and it will be a good time on Friday for Rafa to take a look at a player who could be quite a bargain for Newcastle this summer.
One area that needs to be strengthened this summer is left back with Massadio Haidara and Achraf Lazaar both likely to be moved out of the club.
While Newcastle seem to be prepared to pay top dollar for top players they will also need to bring in good players with bargain buys – much like last summer.
Charlie could be one of those bargain buys.
What do you think of these four players?