Rafa has talked all season about how his team was not experienced in the Premier League, and that was why Newcastle dropped more points than we should have.
But this year a lot of our players are showing improved form and guile, and of course, they have now had almost a full season at the Premier League level.
They are now more experienced players, and Rafa does not need to concentrate this summer on only bringing in experienced players.
He has said that allows him to look at different targets for the summer.
Also, the transfer window has been cut by almost three weeks, and the window will now always end on the Thursday before the weekend the Premier League kicks off.
This year that will be on Thursday 9th August.
Rafa believes he will be able to improve the areas of the team he wants to improve this summer.
Benitez was asked if he thought the reduced transfer window would be a concern for managers.
This is what he said, as reported in the Chronicle:
“Not really. It’s totally different to the others, but at the same time, you have an advantage.”
“Your players now have more experience in the Premier League, whereas in the past, you were looking for players with experience in the Premier League.”
“Now you have a lot of them who have already experience.”
“So you can look for different targets because in the end, some of those players you already have you know they will do well.”
“You had three months to do whatever you want to do; now you have two months. You can do whatever you want in two months.”
Of course, the elephant in the room is that Rafa needs to agree on various things with Mike Ashley.
Among those are his transfer budget, where Newcastle’s future lies, what Ashley’s ambitions are for the club, and also whether he will sign a new contract.
We hope that can all be worked out soon so Rafa will have a good transfer window – backed for a change by the owner.