With the new early closing of the summer transfer window being in early August, it could mean that the January transfer market becomes more important for English clubs.
The new end of the window is on the Thursday before the first Premier League game, and the window closes at 5:00 pm.
That means once the season starts there are no more players who can be signed, but some can be sold to continental clubs.
That’s the change Rafa Benitez and most managers wanted to be made by the Premier League.
The general opinion is that Newcastle did not have a good transfer window, but the good form of players like Florian Lejeune, Mikel Merino, and Joselu may change that over the coming months.
Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez, and Lee Charnley in early May
Merino and Joselu had good games for Newcastle again yesterday, and Joselu looks like he’s a good old-fashioned center forward who is technically adept and a physical presence in the opposing penalty area.
But Rafa didn’t get the players he wanted, so we are hoping Mike Ashley will make money available for January so Rafa can strengthen the squad in the next transfer window.
If we can do that it means less work to do in the summer transfer window.
Newcastle have shown they are slow, ponderous and penny-pinching in their transfer dealings which can lead to us losing out on players such as Tammy Abraham and others.
Rafa wants to improve the way Newcastle handle transfers because he sees it as a weakness at the club and he’s right about that.
If Rafa and Lee Charnley can bring in at least two or three players in January, it will help prove to Rafa that Newcastle want to support him and may lessen his disappointment at what happened in the summer.
It will also take pressure off the summer transfer window since we will not have to bring in as many players, although Rafa will still want to unload players like Sadio Haidara, Henri Saivet, Jack Colback, and others.
It will also let the new players get bedded in at Newcastle before next season.
Lee Charnley should be working on who we can sign in January right now.
Maybe we can get Kenedy from Chelsea on loan with an option to buy and some other targets we missed out on last summer?
With Newcastle having had a decent start to the season despite all the woes of the summer, it should prove to Mike Ashley that he has a world-class manager in place.
Mike needs to realize that and start supporting Rafa Benitez, rather than treat him like he has other managers at the club since he bought Newcastle over 10 years ago.
This is a tremendous opportunity for Mike Ashley to allow Rafa to make Newcastle great again.
Hopefully, he will not screw this one up.
What do you think?