After this afternoon’s final game of the season at St. James’ Park against Barnsley, there’s a ton of work to do in the transfer market this summer as Rafa builds a team for the Premier League.
In some ways he will also dismantle the side he built last summer that was so successful in gaining automatic promotion from the Championship at the first attempt.
That’s not usual these days as the Premier League is now a huge magnet for Championship clubs as they go all out to get promoted into the big money.
Ryan Shawcross – experienced player with great leadership skills
It’s only the second time in the last six years that a relegated side has gained an automatic promotion spot the following season from the Championship.
Every single team this season in the Championship will get just £7.1M from the EFL and in the Premier League it’s anywhere from £100M to £170M.
We’ll have a better idea later this month about the Premier League money when they announce just how much each club in the league will earn from the first year of the new £5.1B deal for the TV rights.
Big difference between the leagues and there are parachute payments for up to three years for PL teams who are relegated but soon the revenues of clubs who stay in the Championship start to decrease dramatically.
Newcastle did fantastically well to get straight back up and we are still reasonably sound financially because of that.
And as Rafa builds his new team this summer he will want some experienced Premier League players brought into the squad and he even hinted yesterday that he may also appoint a new captain with Jamaal Lascelles having only limited Premier League experience so far in his career.
This is what Rafa said in ChronicleLive:
“He’s the captain now. We’ll see next season,” “Jamaal was playing with pain along with Ritchie and Anita.”
“They have played a lot of games with pain. That is proof of their commitment.
“Lascelles is a young player, and he’s done really well this year.”
It will of course depend very much on which players Rafa can get in during the summer.
But if the Spanish manager gets in a player like 29 year-old Ryan Shawcross from Stoke, who has massive Premier League experience and excellent leadership skills, Rafa could well appoint Ryan the captain for next season.
What do you think?