If Rafa Benitez is to build a top Newcastle team this summer, he will have to use the loan market effectively.
Newcastle did that quite brilliantly in January when we brought in Robert Kenedy, Martin Dubravka and Islam Slimani on loan.
The first two became two of Newcastle’s very best players through the end of the season and helped us survive in the Premier League.
Islam Slimani was signed at the last minute and was injured and it just didn’t work out.
Something hopefully that owner Mike Ashley learns from – players should be signed as early as possible in the transfer window.
Rafa Benitez – busy transfer window for the boss
Rafa has already signed goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to a permanent deal and would love to get Kenedy signed (loan or permanent) for next season.
Newcastle can take only two Premier League players on loan at any one time and only one from another Premier League club.
But we can also bring in players from the continent up to a maximum of four players on loan.
It worked really well this year with Dubravka and Kenedy, and if Newcastle are going to attempt to break into the top six this season, Rafa will have to do some excellent recruitment of loan players.
That’s in addition to bringing in some top players permanently.
The transfer funds Rafa will get this summer have been reported in the Chronicle be around £50M plus anything he can get from transferring players such as Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Matz Sels, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons and Henri Saivet.
Rafa has lots of contacts with some of the big clubs, and he will be hoping to get top loan players for the next few seasons as Newcastle attempt to become a top side in Europe under his leadership.
And it doesn’t take a lot of players to make the difference – as we saw last January.
So just think if we can get Kenedy and Marcus Rashford on loan for the season.