If Newcastle can keep winning more games than we lose, then there’s an opportunity that Newcastle can finish in the top ten and around the middle of the table.
And there’s even a chance we could creep up into 7th or 8th position, with the experience and skill of Rafa Benitez steering the Newcastle ship.
That comes as a surprise to most of us after what we witnessed in the summer transfer window, when we spent short of £40M in gross fees on the six players we brought in.
We were even told by Rafa that we failed to get his top targets into the club.
But what we have pleasantly found out in the first month of the Premier League is that the players we brought in are not too bad.
Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner
Florian Lejeune and Mikel Merino look like two excellent deals we have made for two outstanding players.
And some of the players we already have at the club like Rob Elliot, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, DeAndre Yedlin, Chrisitan Atsu and others look like Premier League class players and have done well so far.
So much so that Elliot, Lascelles, Ritchie, and Atsu are in the top 40 of Sky Sports power ratings of players in the Premier League.
Mike Ashley – by all accounts – didn’t live up to his promise of giving Rafa every penny the club had.
Either that or our finances are in a lot worse shape than we think.
But to be fair to Ashley, we lost out on about £80M in funds in May to the mid-table clubs like Stoke and Bournemouth because we were in the second division last season.
So we didn’t have the money to go up against some PL clubs, but we should be able to do that next summer.
And while it seemed that Ashley was limiting Rafa Benitez, maybe not.
That’s because even the players the manager was able to bring in have been quickly molded into a (very) good team.
Rafa said he was signing the players he could buy – not the ones he wanted to buy.
So it will take just a little bit of good will and ambition from Ashley this summer to give Rafa a lot more money to spend on new players.
And by then, hopefully, we could even be a top half team in the Premier League and a draw for some good players who want to join the ongoing Rafalution at Newcastle.
If we finish in the top 10 this season, we could be well on our way to Rafa making Newcastle into a top team again – and probably sooner rather than later.
That has to be good, and maybe even Mike Ashley cannot stop Rafa achieving his (very) high ambitions for Newcastle United.