We are still hoping that Mike Ashley will support Rafa in the upcoming January transfer window and bring in may four players – some of them on loan.
Since we have our limit of two loans in England – Rondon, and Kenedy – Newcastle will need to look at the continent to bring in players that can help us this season.
Of course, if Newcastle sign Rondon or Kenedy permanently in January that removes that restriction.
It’s possible Rafa will do what he did with Dubravka last season and bring in maybe a couple of players from the continent with an option to buy them in the summer.
But we also expect Mike Ashley to give Rafa some decent money to spend to bring in a couple of outstanding players for the long term.
The owner will have to do that if he is to keep Rafa (shown above) at the club.
But Rafa wants to concentrate on the 9 upcoming games we have through January 2nd – and it’s vital that we keep winning games so we can be in a decent position in the league by the time the window opens.
That will help us attract some good players to the club.
The Chronicle has reported their initial information from Rafa’s people was that he would not stay at Newcastle with Mike Ashley still the owner, but that may be changing.
Ashley is trying to cozy up to the manager (ad players) in the hopes he can keep Rafa at the club, and that would help him sell Newcastle for a decent price.
The fact that Ashley is now attending games regularly and Rafa is pleased with that could be a positive for Rafa staying at Newcastle.
Rafa will not have any talks on a new contract until after January.
How we do in the transfer window should have a significant impact on whether Rafa thinks he can build a decent team at Newcastle with Ashley still the owner.
How well Newcastle can do in the league through the end of January could also have a huge impact.
That’s because if we do well, then Rafa may feel he can still build a top team at Newcastle – which is his number one goal if he stays at the club.
If we had to hazard a guess, we think Rafa will stay on Tyneside even if Ashley is still the manager next summer.
What do you think?