Rafa is still hoping to sign additional players before the transfer window slams shut in 13 days time on August 9th.
Rafa still wants West Brom striker Salomon Rondon brought in but the only deal pending at the moment is a swap for Dwight Gayle so it would be one striker out and one in for Newcastle.
And why would Dwight want to take another step down to the Championship when he is happy on Tyneside and becoming a better all-around player under Rafa’s guidance?
If we can get Rondon and Muto in and keep Gayle and sell Mitrovic – that would be OK as far as the strikers are concerned.
Salomon Rondon – Rafa Benitez still want this striker
This is what Rafa has said this week about deals:
“We are working and trying to do something.” “I think we will do something – and we have to do something.”
There’s still time to bring players in, and we will have five new players this summer if we sign Yoshinori Muto in the next few days.
Newcastle must bring in at least one full-back since we have released Massadio Haidara and Jesus Gamez, so we don’t have much cover for Yedlin and Dummett.
And we really missed Paul Dummett last season when he was injured, and our revival coincided with Paul coming back into the side.
It would be good if we could get two full-backs in during the next couple of weeks.
We also need a playmaker who can play in the number 10 position and challenge Ayoze Perez.
That would also give us some additional goalscoring prowess in the side.
So with four good players in right now – Dubravka, Kenedy, Sung-yueng, and Schar – Muto and three or four more players would make it into a decent enough transfer window.
We need a playmaker, striker and a couple of full-backs.
That’s with very little help financially once again from Mike Ashley.
Why does he keep getting in Rafa’s way as the manager tries to build a top side at Newcastle?