Rafa Benitez will continue to improve the Newcastle squad in the next two transfer windows, but he needs to be given the funds to do that.
That’s whether or not there are new owners in January.
If Mike Ashley is still the owner by then, he will give funds to Rafa since the last thing he wants is for Newcastle to struggle in the Premier League while he’s trying to sell the club.
And Rafa will also want to sell players to get some money in and also to control the total wage bill at the club.
Chancel Mbemba – a terrific player, not rated by Rafa Benitez
The players to be sold are those he doesn’t see having a future at the new Newcastle United.
Some players are almost certain to leave in the next two transfer windows.
- Jack Colback – Jack was told in the summer if he was still at Newcastle in September he would not be part of the Newcastle first team squad and he’s not. So it’s best for Jack is he leaves the club in January, and we can get his massive £75K/week wages off the wage bill.
- Jesus Gamez – when he first arrived from Atletico Madrid we thought it was a starting full-back arriving at the club. But it hasn’t worked out that way – we expect Gamez to see out his two-year contract and leave next summer when his contract will not be extended.
- Massadio Haidara – apart from being injured most of the time since arriving on Tyneside from Nancy in January 2013 Sadio has never fulfilled his initial promise. He will leave either in January or next summer when his contract expires and will not be renewed.
- Chancel Mbemba – we always thought Chancel was a good Premier League player and he was great in his first season on Tyneside when we were relegated. But Rafa doesn’t seem to rate the player, and he has never been the first choice in the team since Rafa arrived last year. We now expect Chancel to leave the club in the next two transfer windows and it’s best for his career.
Newcastle should get a decent fee for the 23-year-old DR Congo International, and some PL clubs could well be interested.
We’d like him to stay but not if Rafa will not play him.
- Aleksandar Mitrovic – was signed before Rafa Benitez arrived at the club but since Rafa has come in, he seems to have lost trust in the 23-year-old Serbian International. It didn’t help when he was sent off in our final Premier League game last year, and then he missed the first four games of last season.
This season he was suspended for three games after the home game against West Ham. Rafa is known not to want undisciplined players in the side who can get themselves sent off at any time.
Mitro fits into that category, and he will leave the club in January or next summer.
- Dwight Gayle – Dwight was terrific for us last season scoring 23 goals, but it doesn’t seem he can cut it in England’s top league. Rafa will be refreshing his strike force over the next two windows, and we think Dwight will be sold. He would be a terrific buy for a top Championship club, and we may even see him go in January.
Dwight will go with the best wished of Newcastle fans because he did an excellent job for us in getting us promoted at our first try – that will never be forgotten.
- Henri Saivet – Rafa has tried to offload Henri since last summer, and although the 18 times capped Senegal International had a season on loan at Saint Etienne he didn’t play that well, and Benitez could not offload him in the summer.
So he’s on borrowed time at the moment, and we hope another club come in for him over the next two windows so we can get his wages off the wage bill.
- Mohammed Diame – Mo just hasn’t reached the heights at Newcastle and has been nowhere near his best form. Diame has been a disappointment since he signed for us last year and there is news recently that his former manager at Hull – Steve Bruce – would like him at Aston Villa.
He could leave in the next two windows, and he would be a good buy for a Championship club trying to get promoted this season.
- Rolando Aarons – this lad has stacks of skill and promise, but it’s not good that he’s not in the first team now that he’s fit. Rolando has been injury prone over the last three years but when he does play in the first team he looks good, and he’s creative too. There’s only so long Newcastle can wait for the lad fulfill his potential. So it’s a bit like Chancel Mbemba – if Rafa isn’t going to play him, then we should probably sell the 21-year-old next summer if we get decent offers for him.
Note that these players will only leave Newcastle when Rafa has brought in a suitable replacement.
The manager is far too experienced and savvy to sell first and then try to get players in to replace them – that’s the wrong way around.
What do you think?