Rafa Benitez will try to get Mike Ashley involved in the January transfer window, and Rafa will want up to four players brought in this January.
Some will be on loan from the continent, but the manager may want to see the owner break Newcastle’s record transfer in January to convince him to stay on as manager at Newcastle.
It’s still undecided whether Rafa will stay at Newcastle.
But there could be some players leaving Newcastle in January.
If Florian Lejeune is fit by then, Rafa could well allow Ciaran Clark to leave the club.
If Lejeune is fit – Ciaran Clark could be allowed to leave permanently or on loan in January
Newcastle would want at least the £5M they paid Aston Villa for him in the summer of 2016 – and Ciaran has become a better player under Rafa at Newcastle.
The 32 times capped Republic of Ireland International was left out of the Ireland squad for this International break, and he now seems the odd one out at Newcastle.
The outstanding form of our two new center-backs Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar have put Clark down to 5th place in the pecking order.
If Ciaran doesn’t go in January he could be transferred in the summer; his current contract at Newcastle runs through June 2021.
He got the job done for Newcastle when he partnered captain Jamaal Lascelles in the promotion season in the Championship – Ciaran helped us get promoted, and he did great!
21-year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is almost sure to go out on loan to get some first team games, and if Freddie doesn’t leave, then Rob Elliot could be allowed to move on loan.
But only one of the goalkeepers will leave in January with the other goalkeeper backing up Martin Dubravka and Karl Darlow.
And there’s a decent possibility that Achraf Lazaar could go out on loan for the second half of the season.
The Moroccan has no future under Rafa at Newcastle, and he may even be able to get a loan deal (or permanent deal) arranged with Genoa.
It looked like he was on his way to Genoa in August, but the club changed their mind at the last moment.
Reports last month suggested Genoa could be interested in taking the player in January.
Rafa may also allow one or two of the top young players at Newcastle – like Sean Longstaff or Elias Sorensen – get some first-team football out on loan for the second half of the season.
And we’re not sure what the status of Isaac Hayden is – although he still seems to want to leave Newcastle, but Rafa will want him to stay at least through the summer.
What do you think?