Newcastle signed seven good players in the summer transfer window – but they were not all the players Rafa Benitez wanted.
However, we suppose it could have been worse, and at least it was five new players through the door, and we would guess about four of those will become starters this season at some time.
We also managed to sign Martin Dubravka (permanently) and Kenedy (season-loan) after they were on a loan spell earlier this year.
So of the seven new players as many as six could turn out to be starters this season.
They are Dubravka, Kenedy, Fernandez, Ki Sung-yueng, Muto, and Rondon.
If that happens, it means that only Fabian Schar will not become a starter, but we’ll have to wait and find that out.
Ki Sung-yueng – could become a starter this season
So by that reasoning, we do have a better squad and a better starting team than last season at this time – but that assumes the seven new men are as good as we think they are.
The advantage Rafa has this year is that all the players he signed, apart from Kenedy, are older and more experienced players, and they could well be turned into better players at Newcastle – which is what Rafa wants to do.
Certainly, we lacked experience in the Premier League last season and in that nine-game run with only one point we were unlucky in a number of the games and more experience would have helped us.
Players like Rondon, Fernandez, and Ki Sung-yueng have that Premier League experience.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating so we should know by about Christmas how good the summer transfer window was for Newcastle.
In the first 19 games last season we took only 18 points, won only 5 games and had a goal difference of -10.
We were in 15th place halfway through the season – just 2 points above the drop zone.
So we will hopefully do a lot better this season.
What do you think?