Newcastle have announced their 25 man squad, and it doesn’t include any players who are under 21 at the club who can play for the Premier league side this season.
It does contain a few surprises in that some of the players Rafa wanted to sell – like Henri Saivet, Sadio Haidara, and Jack Colback have all been included in the 25.
Now they will not be training with the U23s, so we will see Rafa bring this season’s squad together on Monday morning along with some players who are under 21 that he wants training with the squad, and he will get on with it until January.
We expect Rafa to be professional, but the die is cast and he now knows he cannot trust owner Mike Ashley and will want to leave Newcastle this summer.
Rafa Benitez – in happier times
He will get plenty of offers especially since the news is clear that he’s unhappy with Ashley.
Here are the 25 players we have for the Premier league at least until January.
*signifies a home-grown player
Colback, Jack Raymond*
Gamez Duarte, Jesus
Gayle, Dwight Devon Boyd*
Gutierrez, Ayoze Perez
Hayden, Isaac Scot*
Lejeune, Florian Gregoire Claude
Manquillo Gaitan, Javier
Mato Sanmartin, Jose Luis (Joselu)
Mbemba, Chancel Mangulu
Murphy, Jacob Kai*
Ritchie, Matthew Thomas*
Sterry, Jamie Michael*
Twasam, Christian Atsu
But the final day of the window on Thursday has brought an end to the dream we all had of Rafa making Newcastle great again.
It’s not going to happen.
That’s thanks to owner Mike Ashley, who seems to screw things up at Newcastle all the time.
He’s taken the joy away from Newcastle fans – once again.