Jonjo Shelvey is going to be a big player for us next season and he stays fit and control his demons on the field he could help Newcastle finish even higher than 10th place – which has to be the minimum goal in the coming season.
With the (almost) signing of Yoshinori Muto Rafa has managed to bring in five good players and we estimate our net spend after the Japanese International officially sings to be -£2.5M – a profit of £2.5M.
So the manager has done really well to bring in Dubravka (£4M), Kenedy (loan), Sung-yueng (free agent), Fabian Schar (£3M) and Muto (£9.5M).
Jonjo Shelvey in action at Bournemouth last season
Rafa has spent a gross of £16.5M but has brought in a little more than that with the sale of Merino (£10M), Mbemba (£5M) and Sels (£4M).
Jonjo seems upbeat with the first three signings:
“I feel we’ve added some quality with Ki coming in.” “Martin’s signed and we’ve got Kenedy back.”
“They’re going to be three important players next year, but I feel the lads that are here probably deserve another crack at the Premier League because of how well we did last season, especially towards the back end of it.”
“You could see the impact Martin had from his first game and Kenedy speaks for himself. “
“He’s so strong and powerful on the left, but he’s got that skill and that know-how – he knows how to win games.”
“Ki’s very neat and tidy on the ball,” “He’s a great lad. He’s quite quiet and shy, but ever since he’s come in, he’s fitted nicely into the group.”
“That’s what you want from a new player, for him to get up and running quickly. He knows how to play in the Premier League.”
In addition to the three players Jonjo talks about we have Fabian Schar – who is a classy center-back and could be a starter next season and Muto – who will sign officially for us next week.
Those are five decent players – and we need three more in before August 9th at 5:00pm when the transfer window slams shut.