57-year-old Rafa Benitez with a limited budget so far this summer has already signed some good players for Newcastle.
On Saturday against West Ham, we basically tore them apart in that second half at St. James’ Park and won the game 3-0.
We had four of our new players starting the game and another one of them, Florian Lejeune, has been a starter in pre-season but is out injured.
Javier Manquillo, Mikel Merino, Cristian Atsu, and Joselu all started this game and another of our signings this summer, 22-year-old Murphy, came on as a late substitute.
Tha Man of the Match was Mikel Merino, and Josleu scored his first goal for the club set up by new signings Merino and Atsu.
Rafa Benitez – smiling on Saturday – no wonder!
So the players Rafa has brought in seem to have improved the team.
We estimate we have a net spend at the moment of only £22M, so even with that, we appear to have brought in six good players.
Now after the great performance on Saturday Rafa would love to bring in another four new players and unload some of the players we have as surplus at the moment.
Those include Siem de Jong, Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback, Grant Hanley, Tim Krul, Henri Saivet and Sadio Haidara and if we cannot sell them, Newcastle will try to get them off the wage bill by sending them out on loan for the season.
This is what Rafa has said as reported today in the Shields Gazette:
“We have an idea of what we need and what we want.” “We have some names and we have some targets, and we are trying to do that business.”
“Maybe any club will have a player available that you are not expecting to come onto the market. At the moment, we know what we need.”
Newcastle have a gross spend of ground £37M, but we have brought money in from selling the likes of Florian Thauvin, Daryl Murphy, and Emmanuel Riviere.
But after Rafa has had the players for a little while he can soon start to get the best out of them so maybe the six players we have are a lot better than we first thought?
The next three or four days through the end of this transfer window should be hectic for Newcastle – we hope they are hectic for Newcastle.