Newcastle have fullbacks Jesus Gamez and Sadio Haidara leaving the club this summer, so one position Rafa will want to strengthen this summer is fullback.
There’s a report in the Chronicle today that he wants to bring in a right back because there is not much competition for DeAndre Yedlin but that’s also true for Paul Dummett.
The only other full-back we have left is Javier Manquillo who was only mediocre when he played for us last season.
Newcastle have recently been linked with Torino right-back Lorenzo De Silvestri who turned 30 last Wednesday.
Rafa Benitez – must be allowed to strengthen squad significantly this summer
Rafa is busy working on transfers with Lee Charnley and he will not be taking a vacation as such but spend some time back at the Wirral in Cheshire with his wife (Maria de Montserrat) and their two teenage daughters.
The minimum Rafa needs this summer is at least one full-back, a winger, a central midfielder, and at least one striker but if Chancel Mbemba leaves we will need another center-back brought in.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“It is clear what we need.”
“We have a couple of players on loan who are leaving, and a couple of players who have finished their contract too.”
“You need to sign players to be sure you have a good squad with competition.”
“You need to be sure you have competition, and enough levels within the squad to make sure you can approach any game thinking you can win.”
“It cannot be the case that if you miss one or two players, the team is not the same.”
“We need a squad that has to be capable of competing in the Premier League.”
Newcastle fans will be hoping Lee Charnley, and Rafa have a very good transfer window this summer because that will help Rafa sign a new deal.
Newcastle cannot make any mistakes this summer like the club made last year at this time.
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