If we can beat Huddersfield Town on Saturday at home, then we will be close to being home and dry in the Premier League and likely avoid relegation.
It would be a fantastic 3 points for us, but our players have to be at or near their best.
The Terriers have beaten us twice in our last three games and won 2-1 at St. James Park in August 2016.
Assuming we stay in the Premier League Rafa will need to strengthen the side significantly.
Hopefully, we can sign Martin Dubravka who has looked impressive in the Newcastle goal so far and seems to steady the defenders in front of him.
Martin Dubravka – brilliant in his debut against Red Devils
He will undoubtedly strengthen the side.
Since Sadio Haidara and Jesus Gamez will be released in the summer when their contracts run out, we expect Rafa to bring in at least one full-back to replace them.
Maybe a full-back who can play on either side would be a good acquisition, but left-back would be the priority since we have both Yedlin and Manquillo as natural right-backs.
Since Chancel Mbemba is almost sure to leave Newcastle this summer, Rafa will want to bring in another center-back.
And with Jonjo Shelvey currently being the only real creative midfield player in the team (Merino can grow into one), Rafa will want to sign a playmaker so we can be more creative as a team.
And up front, we could see two new strikers come in, and Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle will likely both leave the club – each for at least £15M hopefully.
We seem to have a lot of wingers at the moment, and if we can sign Kenedy permanently, Rafa will do that.
Otherwise, he could bring the likable lad back for another season on Tyneside – that would be a good move by Newcastle.
So based on this logic, we need the following positions filled with new players this summer:
Getting outstanding players in for those positions should make us a much better side next season.
We expect (at least) Mitrovic, Gayle, Mbemba, and Colback to leave the club this summer.
And hopefully, we will not be fighting relegation for the umpteenth time.
Did I mention we also need a new owner?