Newcastle are following what happened last season as the lads are starting to play really well and picking up points and if we can continue this, we will be safe in the Premier League very quickly.
The two players who are starring for Newcastle at the moment are new boy Miguel Almiron and local lad Sean Longstaff.
Both players look like future top stars in the Newcastle jersey.
Sean Longstaff has come through the Academy, and it shows Mike Ashley that the manager can indeed produce top players for Newcastle via the Youth Academy.
Rafa is asking for an investment in the Academy so he can produce more Newcastle starters, but he needs the investment.
Rafa Benitez talks to the press while in Spain last month
And that will save Ashley some of Newcastle’s money by not having to do what clubs like Man City, Chelsea, and others keep doing – buying top class players at top class prices.
Sean Longstaff coming through the ranks to become a star this season will support Rafa’s claims that he can produce players on the cheap for Mike Ashley.
That should interest miserly Mr. Ashley.
And Rafa has been trying to sign Miguel Almiron since we were promoted back in the summer of 2017.
Just imagine the change Almiron would have made if Ashley had supported Rafa in the 2017 summer transfer window – and he would have cost less than £20M then.
At the time Rafa said he was signing players he could sign not the players he wanted to sign.
Miguel Almiron was one of those players he wanted to sign.
So Rafa can point to Almiron as a player Rafa wanted, and his transfer fee of £20M looks cheap given the way this lad has started his career in the Premier League.
He has massive potential.
So the two players who have been outstanding for Newcastle lately will only strengthen Rafa’s chances of getting what he wants from Ashley.
Money to develop the Academy and transfer funds to bring in some top players.
The first is to save Ashley money and the second is money well spent.
But the Newcastle owner can still be very stubborn, as we all know.
But Ashley also knows if Rafa is not signed to a long term contract this summer and leaves – the fans will be absolutely livid.
And that’s putting it mildly.