It was a big lift for fans when Newcastle announced today that Robert Kenedy has signed on for a season-long loan deal.
It will be interesting to see how he does this coming season and how good a player the Brazilian is by next May.
That’s the third of Rafa’s signings this summer following goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and free agent Li Sung-yueng, who is an experienced replacement for Mikel Merino, who will soon be joining Real Sociedad.
So if Rafa can bring in at least one striker, a full-back and a central midfielder who can play in the number 10 position that would be a very decent transfer window.
Rafa Benitez – putting together a better Newcastle team for the coming season
Newcastle will then be a stronger team than last year.
We would like to see a couple of strikers brought in with Aleksandar Mitrovic almost certain to be sold to Fulham this summer.
But under the constraints of limited funding, Rafa and Lee Charnley have done quite well so far this summer, with exactly four weeks left before the window closes on August 9th.
So we expect it to be a very busy four weeks because we have to move a number of players out.
Newcastle are likely to want Mitrovic, Mbemba, Colback, Saivet, Aarons, and Lazaar off the wage bill for next season.
Newcastle would prefer permanent transfers but may have to do with season-long loan deals for some of the players.
But even without the 100% support of Mike Ashley, Rafa is slowly but surely molding Newcastle into a top side.
We should be much better in the coming season and not be involved in any relegations scrap.
Thank goodness for that!
We have the perfect manager for Newcastle at the club in Rafa Benitez so the lads could maybe shock us in the coming season.
I’m all for that.