Sky Sports pundit Peter Beagrie thinks that Newcastle will need to significantly strengthen their squad in the summer and that will take a huge investment from owner Mike Ashley to allow Rafa Benitez to build a side that can finish mid-table in our first season back.
That will probably be the official target for next season if the club announce any target at all.
We do have players who have played in the Premier league and done quite well like Rob Elliott, Matt Ritchie, Ciaran Clark, Vurnon Anita, Jonjo Shelvey and others and most of those have become better players over this season.
Peter Beagrie – Newcastle aren’t good enough right now
But it’s clear we do need strengthening significantly and that Rafa wants to bring in six top players who will be brought in as potential starters for next season.
It will take a sizable investment but just like last summer Rafa and Lee Charnley can sell some players who have outlasted their stay on Tyneside and that money can be reinvested into the squad.
Certainly Lee and Rafa did an outstanding job last summer and we’re hoping for the same this summer.
This is what Middlebrough-born Beagrie said on Sky Sports
“Benitez has done what he stayed to do and it will be interesting to see what happens next year,” “The club will have to massively match his ambitions.”
“They will have to spend a huge amount of money. They have shown they can do that – although they have balanced the books – because this squad is not good enough for the Premier League.”
“The top players are – that’s lots of them that are – but he needs to bolster that squad and it will be an even greater achievement for Rafa to get a mid-table position next year in the Premier League.”
And of course when we were relegated a year ago pundits were coming out of the woodwork saying we wouldn’t’ get straight back up because it was much more difficult than seven years ago and that stuff.
It’s hard to find a comment from a pundit that’s at all positive – because that’s not news.
If Peter had said Newcastle can survive in the PL without too much investment next season that wouldn’t sound too exciting.
While Rafa will push for as much money as he can from owner Mike Ashley and lay out his plans in their one-on-one meeting it’s only because he wants to finish as high in the table as he can next season
That’s because he’s a winner and thinks that positive way and comments like those from Peter Beagrie can only be helpful to the cause.
The cause being to get Mike Ashley to cough up the big money this summer for Rafa.
The more pundits who come out and say the squad is not good enough will help Rafa – even though he knows so much more about the game of football than the vast majority of pundits will ever know.
That’s because Rafa’s done a real job for over 30 years – out there on the front lines as a football manager.