If Newcastle can start putting performances in like they did against the Red Devils on Sunday afternoon, we should be able to start picking up more wins and drag ourselves away from the drop zone.
That would be a relief for all who support Newcastle United, and we’ve been fighting relegation far too many times under Mike Ashley.
And because Rafa has not been supported by the owner in the last three transfer windows he will want to do some deals early in the summer window.
Jonathan Bamba – French U21 winger
One of them that could be an easy one is signing Martin Dubravka for £3.5M and picking up the option to buy in his loan contract.
Martin is extremely keen to join Newcastle and wants two things to happen before the summer – save Newcastle from relegation and then sign a permanent deal on Tyneside – in that order.
His performance on Sunday in his debut suggests he can do both of those.
And French outlet L’Equipe are reporting that Rafa is keen to bring St Etienne winger Jonathan Bamba to the club at the end of the season.
We have been interested in the French U21 International since last summer.
Bamba has a contract that runs out at the end of June, but since he came through the Youth Academy at St. Etienne they will be due some compensation.
He joined St. Etienne back in 2011 and this season he has played 24 times for St. Etienne with 7 goals and 7 assists.
His club wants to keep him but L’Equipe is reporting they now know they will lose the winger in the summer – and there are other clubs interested in signing him.
Let’s hope Newcastle can be successful in getting this young talented player to Tyneside.
Getting Bamba and Dubravka in during the early summer for less than £5M will give us some excellent momentum early in the transfer window.
And Mike Ashley would OK both those deals – although that still has to be an assumption.
But maybe he’s sold the club by then?
Bamba has played for all the French youth sides and 8 times for the U21 team.