It’s becoming clear that Newcastle just don’t have the money to compete with even mid-table clubs in the Premier League due to us missing out on most of last season’s Premier League money with Newcastle only getting a £40M parachute payment because we were down below.
We don’t know how much money Mike Ashley has made available to Rafa but the reason Newcastle have been more than a little thrifty this summer could be because of that lack of money and having no really big players to sell like we had last year, when Rafa was allowed to use that money as transfer money, but we still made over £31M in profit.
Some outlets are suggesting we have no money because we spent so such on the new players last summer who got us promoted, but that’s simply not true when you make such a huge profit in the transfer window.
28 year-old Benfica playmaker Andreas Samaris
So like Rafa had to do last year and managers always have to do to some extent will be to prioritize which players he spends the money on and there is a report in the Mirror that Rafa is keen to sign the 28 year-old Benfica playmaker Andreas Samaris from Benfica.
Looking back on some reports that were out in mid-June one headline was that Rafa is keen to sign Samaras – so it doesn’t seem we are moving quickly.
But it will soon come time to fish or cut bait and getting a couple of players through the door will definitely help with the momentum.
We read the Chronicle piece today on how their were so many players during the open training session that simply had no futures at Newcastle.
But we have to remember that Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez did a very good job of moving people out last summer – but this summer we may see a lot of players moving out very late in the window.
Rafa will have to cull the first team squad way before that time and those who have absolute no future at the club like Henri Saivet, Emmanuel Riviere, Grant Hanley, Daryl Murphy and others will be sent to train with the U23 squad sooner rather than later.
That could happen over the weekend, when Rafa announces which players will be going on the training camp to Dublin next week before the first friendly takes place against Hearts at Tynecastle on Friday night – 7:45 pm kickoff.
As for Samaras, we had bid around £14.5M for the Benfica playmaker turned down and the Portuguese club want the full £17.5M in his release clause so that deal could be wrapped up if we can offer say another couple of million – as long as Everton’s interest is not serious.
It’s important to bring players in and move players out at the same time and it looks like Karl Darlow could be moving out soon to either Middlesbrough or Reading – both clubs are very interested in him.
The Chronicle are suggesting today that Rafa will then use the money from Darlow’s transfer to pay Napoli want they want for Pepe Reina which is around £4M.
But that will give us a very experienced, savvy Premier League goalkeeper with great leadership skills – and that seems to be what Rafa thinks Newcastle needs.
So be it.
But it would be good to get Samaras in and it seems obvious the newcastle manager thinks can do a good job on Tyneside.
Newcastle can still get the job done this time around but it looks like it will be slower than last summer and we still need lots of players moved out and at least another five first team players brought into the squad.