In January Feyenoord played hardball with Newcastle over our top striker target in the January transfer window.
Nicolai Jorgensen was available but at €20M (£17.7M) and Mike Ashley would not cough up the cash to buy him.
That now seems like the right decision.
Most fans were wondering at the time how he would fit into Newcastle’s style of quick breakaways since he’s not a fast player by any means and he’s not a prolific goalscorer either.
But for some reason Rafa liked what he saw – and we don’t mean that to be derogatory in any way.
Rafa often sees skills in players he can bring out with his excellent coaching at Newcastle.
But after the World Cup in Russia, it seems to have all backfired for Jorgensen and for Feyenoord with Newcastle now looking at other targets.
Nicolai Jorgensen – will Rafa still go after him?
Jorgensen did not impress at all in Russia, with the best part of his game probably being his hold up play but didn’t look much of an improvement on Joselu.
Rafa could still go after Jorgensen but only if he can get an excellent deal on the player – something less than £10M and that’s unlikely to happen.
Maybe even a loan deal with an option to buy – but that will depend on which strikers we bring in permanently this summer.
There’s little risk in a loan deal for Rafa, and if Nicolai doesn’t play well that’s one season gone by, and we don’t waste too much money on him.
The 27-year-old was desperate to join Newcastle in January with reports we would double his wages – but that’s all water under the Tyne Bridge now.
The news from the Northern Echo is that Rafa still admires Jorgensen both as a player and as a good character.
And we know Rafa always looks for good characters in the players he signs for Newcastle.
As we have seen in the last two seasons, that’s so important for team spirit and the lads give everything both in training and in games.
It’s what Newcastle fans love to see from the team.
We’ll have to see if Rafa goes back for Jorgensen, but it would be a surprise at this point – maybe a loan deal is the only real possibility?