There’s news in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle will complete the signing of Stoke City’s Spanish striker Joselu within 24 hours, so we will finally (at last!) strengthen the striker department which was a weakness last season.
It wouldn’t surprise if Rafa brings in another striker but there;s just no way now that Mitro will leave Newcastle this season and we will need the Serbian International who wants to stay at the club.
Joselu will cost just £5M, and that seems like a good deal for us, and it’s interesting some Stoke fans are disappointed he’s leaving the Potters – that’s always the sign of a good player.
Newcastle is also reported to be still confident of signing Chelsea youngster Kenedy for the season, and the Brazilian was surprisingly on the bench at Stamford Bridge against Burnley on Saturday.
Antonio Conte will not let him go until new signings are made at the Blues.
A smiling Rafa Benitez – good!
The good news is that we have the breakthrough of signing Joselu who we think will be a much better player for us than some of our fans realize – he could score a lot of goals for us this season.
We hope he will score a lot of goals for us this season.
Once Stoke agreed a loan deal with PSG for Jese Rodriguez they were willing to do the deal with Newcastle for the 27-year-old 6ft 3ins Spanish striker.
The news in the Northern Echo is that Benitez thinks he can do a job for Newcastle even though he has struggled to make an impact at Stoke and scored only 4 goals in 27 appearances for the club.
Everything seems set for the signing once Stoke manager Mark Hughes gets Jese Rodriguez signed on loan.
With Kenedy, Antonio Conte is expected to make some signings in the next week or so, and then Kenedy will be allowed to join Newcastle on loan for the season, and he could be another valuable addition to Rafa’s squad.
We are still waiting to hear how long both Paul Dummett and new boy Florian Lejeune will be out injured.
That was some of the cost of the opening game of the season last Sunday when Jonjo Shelvey managed to get himself sent off early in the second half, and that was game over against Spurs.
We hope to do better next Sunday afternoon when we travel to Huddersfield for a 1:30 pm kick off.
A win in that game would be great!