Depending on whether Newcastle have new owners by January could decide just how many of our current players are made available for transfer at that time.
Rafa does want to get Jack Colback out of the club – preferably on a permanent deal to get his £75K/week wages off the wage bill.
It appears that Rafa will not play Jack again in the first team – so it seems best for Jack to leave his hometown club.
And depending how many strikers we can get in permanently or on loan could decide the futures of both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle – who do not seem to have long-term futures at Newcastle.
Rafa would like to bring in a goalkeeper, left-bank, central midfield play-maker, and a couple of good strikers in January – if good enough players are available then.
And if we succeed in getting a midfielder in then Mo Diame could leave the club, and he’s said to be keen to link up again with his former manager at Hull City – Steve Bruce – who is now the manager of Aston Villa.
Jack Colback – has to leave Newcastle in January
Jack Colback has also played for Steve at Sunderland, so Aston Villa is also a possible destination for Colback.
While goalkeeper is probably the lowest priority, Rafa needs another goalkeeper brought in to allow young Freddie Woodman to go out on loan.
The England u21 International is a top prospect, but he must get first team games to help in his development, and he has said he’d like to go out on loan.
Of course, the big question is whether or not we will have new owners by January, but even if we do not – Rafa can still sign some decent players by selling some of our current players to fund the incoming transfers.
Either way, Rafa must be allowed to improve the strength and class of the squad in January, after summer’s debacle when he got very little money from the owner for incoming transfers.
What do you think?