Rafa Benitez and his recruitment team led by Steve Nickson have already made extensive plans for the January transfer window.
Steve’s team have been watching players this season with a view to some being signed when the January transfer window opens on New Years Day.
Rafa has asked Steve Nickson to write down five players we can acquire for every single position in the team.
Rafa is willing to bring in good players in any position to increase the competition for places at the club.
The priority is said to be for a left-back, withdrawn striker and striker, and it would be a decent window if we can get 3 players in for those positions.
Rafa has increased the number of scouts he has and is hoping to make good acquisitions in both the January window and over the summer.
One thing he doesn’t know at the moment is how much money he will have to spend in January.
Rafa Benitez – detailed planning for January transfer window
If Mike Ashley does sell the club by then (please – make it happen) the likelihood is it will be a lot, but if Ashley is still in control, it’s likely to be minuscule – as it was in the summer.
Mike wants the financial books to look impressive so he can sell the club, which is why he didn’t want to spend much of the club’s money over the summer.
This is what Rafa has said about the upcoming January transfer window:
“We are working on what we have to do, what we would like to do, but you never know,”
“But imagine in December you have an injury, then you are expecting more money on a certain player, then you have to spend however much money for a striker because they are more expensive.”
“I think for us now, we have names and we have options and are following players. We have as much information as we can for everyone.”
“Then you have to bring players here in order for them to adapt here.” “It’s not as if you are bringing a player who you know straight away will be fantastic.”
“Maybe the player is great technically, but maybe he doesn’t talk any English or his family does not settle.”
“You have to have as much information as you can because then you must decide how good the player is, how can he fit into the team, and after if you have consider their injury record and things.”
“Then you put everything together and if someone has had a few long-term injuries, you know it will be a risk to sign them.”
“So instead you bring in someone who is a little worse but you know can play for one season or whatever.”
“Everything is more complicated. Sometimes we analyze too many things.”
“But you can be lucky – you sign a player who is not fit or doesn’t have a good record, but comes, settles down and does well and starts scoring goals.”
Rafa also wants to dispense with some players in January if he can get buyers for the likes of Jack Colback and Henri Saivet.
Both players are on top wages at Newcastle and are surplus to requirements.