Newcastle are delicately poised this summer with five good arrivals at the club, and we’ll have to see if Rafa can get in a good striker, playmaker and maybe a left back to finish his incoming transfer business this summer which he’s done again with the help of Managing Director Lee Charnley.
It had not been easy but we are pleased that we are now in this position and maybe some good signings before September and moving some of our unwanted players out will result in another excellent transfer window this summer – much like we had last year at this time.
But we do need class brought in and maybe the biggest missing link at the moment is a top class striker.
Dwight Gayle has problems in most seasons with his hamstrings, and Aleksandar Mitrovic seems to blow hot and cold.
After an excellent game at Bradford City where Mitro looked the part, he was almost non-existent against Mainz on Saturday.
When Rafa was at the No 9 Bar last week, he said we had missed out on a number of our initial targets this summer, and that he was frustrated.
And Rafa said he doesn’t have £30M to spend on one player this summer, so it’s tough for him and very difficult for Newcastle this summer.
We basically lost out on around £80M to existing Premier League clubs this summer because of our relegation last year but it’s for one year only, and we should be OK by next year.
But somehow Rafa has to get some class into the squad this summer, and it will be difficult.
We are really impressed with the work ethic of Rafa and how he is working his socks off to build a team worthy of the Premier League.
Managers of Rafa’s caliber are now being given massive amounts of money to spend by their clubs – managers like Jose Mourinho, Antonio Conte, and Pepe Guardiola.
Rafa has been very patient, and he’s been buoyed (and even inspired) at Newcastle by those fantastic fans who were in the No 9 Bar last week and who let Rafa know he’s loved and revered at Newcastle United.
We saw the photos and the looks on our fans’ faces when Rafa was there – it was something to behold.
Hopefully, owner Mike Ashley can get some investment into the club soon and give Rafa a windfall of transfer money for next January or next summer.
Mike owes that to Rafa for the tremendous work he’s doing for our club.