Rafa has pointed out many times this season that his team are short of Premier League experience.
Things will be better next season since the players will all have experienced what it’s like playing in the Premier League.
But Rafa will still want to bring in some players with Premier League experience – always assuming we can reach safety this season in the league.
One player Rafa tried to sign last summer was Wallsend-born midfielder Michael Carrick of Manchester United, but he was given a one-year extension to his contract by Jose Mourinho.
Michael Carrick – local lad
A good question is whether Rafa will try to sign Carrick this summer for a couple of years to add that much-needed PL experience to the team.
Jose Mourinho has said Michael can continue at the Red Devils next season if he wants to, but at the moment the Wallsend-born player is saying he will probably retire from the game this summer.
But Rafa has those persuasive powers that could convince the 36-year-old to play for Newcastle for a couple of seasons.
That could be an excellent way to end his outstanding career in football – playing for his hometown club under a world-class manager.
Michael could definitely do a job for Newcastle.
What do you think?