The pundits said last season that what Newcastle were missing were some class players in the side.
That’s why they expected Newcastle to be relegated, but fortunately, we have a manager at the club who knows a lot more about football than the pundits.
Rafa Benitez didn’t have many class players last season – that’s true – but he still managed to get us into 10th position in the Premier League.
28-year-old Nacer Chadli – available for £17M release clause
And that’s the second best position ever since Mike Ashley bought the club a long and hard eleven years ago.
|Premier Season||Position||Number of Points|
|2008-2009||18||34 - relegated|
|2009-2010||1 (Championship)||102 - promoted|
|2012-2013||16||41 - fighting relegation|
|2014-2015||15||39 - fighting relegation|
|2015-2016||18||37 - relegated|
|2016-2017||1 - (Championship)||94 - promoted|
|2017-2018||10||44 - fighting relegation|
|2018-2019||13||45 - fighting relegation|
|2019-2020||11||After 12 games - 15 points|
It equals the 10th place we finished in back in 2014 when we lost seven of the last eight games under Alan Pardew.
Any class players available this summer will interest Rafa Benitez.
One such player also with Premier League experience is Nacer Chadli, who was at Tottenham and has played 123 Premier League games for Tottenham and West Brom.
He is currently with the Belgium squad in Russia so any move for him would come after Belgium finish their World Cup endeavors.
Chadli joined West Brom from Tottenham two years ago for a reported £13M fee.
But the 47 times capped Belgium International (5 goals) has had injuries at the Hawthorns.
That was especially true last season when he was troubled by recurring thigh injuries and played only 8 times for West Brom with a single goal, and only 5 times in the Premier League.
The Telegraph reported in April he had a £17M relegation release clause in his contract.
So here is a player who has class, skill, and experience and would cost only £17M.
Something Rafa will no doubt have looked at already.
We’ll have to wait and see if Rafa wants to sign the 6ft 2ins tall player once Belgium’s World Cup is over.
Just like with Ki Sung-yueng he will do nothing until the player has finished his exploits in Russia.