Rafa Benitez could well surprise us a lot this summer with the extent of the changes he is willing to make in the Newcastle squad, as he prepares for life back in the Premier League with Newcastle United.
Mike Ashley will give him as much money as possible so Rafa can create a strong squad, but some of the money will come from selling existing players who have no future at the club.
And Rafa will have been careful to have looked at the up-and-coming players in the Championship and we may be able to get one or two deals for players who can make the jump to the Premier League.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager – upbeat
Yes, it’s been a really tough season this term and there have been multiple frustrations for fans over the last seven games (only 9 points) when we have dropped a massive 12 points.
We just need to get promoted to settle things down a little bit.
And then the smaller clubs in the Premier League should be no match for us in the summer in terms of attracting players.
A huge revitalized club with a world-class manager in place and sold-out crowds at St. James’ Park in England’s second division.
We will set a modern day record of over 51,000 average attendance this season in England’s second division.
The smaller clubs in the Premier League and there are a lot of them these days – like Middlesbrough, Swansea, Hull, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Burnley, Watford and West Brom to name just eight – should be no match for Newcastle.
They don’t have the history of a Newcastle United or the huge and famous fan support base that’s on Tyneside.
That’s the truth – not a boast.
And Rafa’s clear ambitions for Newcastle are that he wants to win trophies while he is on Tyneside – that’s one of the main reasons he stayed with us – to return Newcastle back to greatness.
So any of our targets looking at the new Newcastle UNited will see many advantages of joining the club now that we will be back in the Premier League.
Players we have been linked with this year include James McCarthy, Andros Townsend, Tom Cairney, Ryan Shawcross, Harry Maguire and Charlie Taylor amongst others, who we have no clue about at the moment.
It’s going to be an exciting summer coming up and a really exciting season to see how we match up with the top PL sides next season.
I can feel it already.
Did I say we need to get promoted?