There’s no doubt the Newcastle scouts led by the impressive and hard-working Steve Nickson will be looking for some new players Newcastle can bring in during the January transfer window.
They could be on loan from the continent or even permanent buys; loans with an option to buy much like we signed Dubravka last January, could be the way to go.
Depending on what Mike Ashley is willing to spend in January will decide how many players are brought in.
Why do the words “not much” enter my mind?
But this will possibly be the last transfer window for Rafa Benitez at Newcastle if he has not signed a new deal.
Rafa Benitez – at Saturday’s game
We don’t think he will have put pen to paper on a new by January.
The success scenario this season is that the performance in the second half on Saturday was no fluke, and we start to do a lot better than last season – before January.
Remember we went 9 successive league games with only one point and 8 defeats in the last two months of last year.
At the halfway point last season we had 18 points from 19 games, and we were in 15th place – 6th bottom and 2 points above the drop zone with a goal difference of -10.
In the second half of the season when we had Dubravka and Kenedy in the side for most of those games, we took 26 points from the games and finished 10th overall on 44 points with a goal difference of -8.
So in the final 19 games, we had a goal difference in those games of +2.
So a good checkpoint is where we are after 19 games, and that’s just before the transfer window opens again.
Unfortunately, if we are doing well, Mike Ashley could decide no spending is necessary if we are in no danger of relegation.
But that would be totally and utterly stupid not to support Rafa next January.
So yes – he could do that.
Indeed, if we are doing well and Rafa can get three new players in he wants then the manager could even decide to sign an extension to stay on at the club.
If Ashley decides not to spend any money next January for whatever reason – Rafa will leave Newcastle for sure next June.
That would be a tragedy of enormous proportions for Newcastle United Football Club and our fans.