One weakness with the Newcastle side over the last couple of seasons has been our finishing and the inability to take reasonable chances when they are created.
It was true last season when some games were much closer than they should have been and in some cases, we lost games after missing too many chances.
Rafa seems to have given up on Aleksandar Mitrovic who is now scoring goals at Championship side Fulham, and he will be sold this summer for at least £20M, and Newcastle will hold out for that fee.
Rafa’s number one priority this summer will be to bring in two new strikers.
Dwight Gayle – likely to be sold this summer
And Dwight Gayle seems to have missed his chance this season to prove he can score goals in the Premier League and we expect Rafa to also sell Dwight this summer.
Newcastle can get a good price for him from a top Championship club because he can certainly score goals in the Championship – maybe as much as £15M?
He was fantastic for us last season and scored 23 Championship goals, and we will never forget that.
And time is running out for Islam Slimani who in any case was bottom of Rafa’s striker list in January, and we brought the Algerian in on the very last day of the transfer window.
Unless Islam really comes to life in these final four games, then Rafa will not be interested in signing him permanently.
The only striker who will probably remain will be Ayoze Perez who has shown his best ever form at Newcastle this year although he had a poor performance last night at Everton.
So we expect those three players to leave this summer.
And then players like Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, and Henri Saivet will be sold, and contracts for Jesus Gamez, Sadio Haidara, and Curtis Good will not be renewed.
Rafa will clear the decks to allow for better players to come into the club this summer.
That sounds good to us.
What do you think?