Rafa Benitez will want to strengthen the team in various positions this summer but also keep the great team spirit within the squad – that’s again been a massive positive for the team.
And the fact the fans are right behind Rafa and his players as well as the City of Newcastle Upon Tyne, ensures we are all behind the team in every single game.
Rafa has talked about that multiple times, and he sees it as one of the shining lights at Newcastle United – the sleeping giant.
Even when the club was trying to be sold, Rafa somehow kept the fans engaged and right behind the team through the various shenanigans coming from owner Mike Ashley.
Rafa will want to bring in a couple of full-backs, a new central midfielder, winger, and maybe a couple of strikers up front this summer.
Not scoring enough goals has been our major weakness for the last couple of seasons.
We scored only 39 goals in the 38 games last season and this term we have scored just 32 goals in our 34 games.
One goal a game is not good enough to be successful in the Premier League with top clubs scoring an average of two goals a game and more.
This is what Rafa explained to Jamie Carragher after the game on Friday night; it’s a good synopsis of what may be coming for Newcastle if Rafa stays:
“I have been trying to win titles everywhere in different countries and what I have said before is we have to have a team that can compete.”
“So you cannot go with a team that maybe you can win but you think ‘If it’s a draw it’s a good result’.”
“We need to be stronger. You have the city, we have all the potential. Everyone in Newcastle is supporting the team so it’s massive.”
“Doing a little bit – I don’t say spending £200M – I say a little bit more, doing the right things we can compete against the teams who are between 7th and 12th but we have to do things right.”
“Even if you have a lot of money in the transfer market you can make mistakes. If you have less, it’s even more difficult.”
“You know we were competing against Manchester United (when I was at Liverpool) with a budget of £70M. It was very difficult.”
“You can do everything right but if the other team has one player, it can be the difference.”
“If you go to sign a player from Leicester now – one of their defensive players – you have to spend £30M.”
“So we have to be more competitive in the window and do things differently.”
One man is preventing Rafa and Newcastle moving forward – but unfortunately, that’s the owner Mike Ashley.