Rafa Benitez will have a number of decisions to make next summer on the makeup of the Newcastle squad and those decisions will of course be dependent on whether we are promoted this season.
That’s the goal and that’s the hope, but you never know in football and we can take nothing for granted.
Rafa will have loan players coming back like Tim Krul, Henri Saivet and Siem de Jong and he will need to decide who stays at Newcastle and who gets sold.
Vurnon Anita in action for Newcastle
There are also a number of players whose contracts run out next June and one of those is 27 year-old Dutch International Vurnon Anita, who has played very well for the team since Rafa came on board last March 11th.
Vurnon was the only senior player brought into the squad in the summer of 2012, after we had finished 5th in the league and the club made a huge error that summer by not strengthening the squad and increasing the size of it.
Subsequently the squad was decimated by injury the following season when we reached the quarter finals of the Europa League.
But we were also fighting relegation and brought in five Frenchmen in January of 2013 to help us out and we only just survived.
And rumors were started last weekend when Vurnon Anita was seen at a Feyenoord game and of course clubs will be able to talk to him about a potential new deal in January.
We are running a poll on Vurnon and four in five fans think he should be given a new deal by Rafa Benitez.
What do you think?