We don’t know if it’s Mike Ashley rubbing off on Rafa or what?
But the manager has said today that it’s not always a question of money when signing the players a team needs.
We remember in early January Rafa saying one or two players can make the difference at Newcastle.
We didn’t really believe that at the time but he’s been right with Kenedy and Dubravka making a huge difference since they arrived in January.
Rafa Benitez – gesticulating on the touchline Saturday
Rafa will know exactly the players he needs to sign this summer to make the team a lot stronger for next season.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“It’s not always a question of money.”
“That doesn’t always make the difference when it comes to signing the players you need.”
“In January, when we were talking we said we need a goalkeeper, a winger and a striker.”
“And that is what we did and you can see the difference.”
“It is about doing the right things at the right time.”
If Slimani is as good as we think he is – it wouldn’t be a bad start if we tried to sign all three loan players permanently in the summer.
If we can get Kenedy signed permanently, it will be a real coup.
And the lad seems to love it at Newcastle and he’s getting all the playing time he needs – plus the adulation of Geordie fans everywhere.
What more could a 22-year-old want?