Ayoze Perez had almost a perfect game for Newcastle yesterday but don’t tell Rafa I said that.
Rafa is a complete perfectionist but he even had to be pleased with Newcastle’s solid and attacking performance yesterday on the 3-1 at home to Southampton.
Rafa’s had Perez looking close to world class yesterday but yes – we know – he can do better.
And Dwight Gayle is also on fire on loan at West Brom and after scoring a hat-trick in his previous game he scored a second-half brace to help the Baggies win 3-2 at home to Hull City yesterday.
Dwight has now scored 23 goals in 36 league appearances for West Brom this season and that’s the same number of goals he scored for Newcastle in 32 games during our promotion season.
But West Brom are still in 4th place in the Championship and 6 points out of second place – an automatic promotion place.
Sheffield United and Leeds United are level on points in second place on 82 points with The Blades having the better goal difference.
So it looks the only way the Baggies can get promoted is through the playoffs.
It’s a very good time for Dwight to hit top form.
Tim Krul and Norwich are in top place on 87 points.
Rafa will have some decisions to make this summer if he stays with us, and he could end up selling the likes of Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle to fund his drive to get new players into the side,
In the next financial year (summer and January transfer windows) Rafa will have £50M to spend and that’s a net amount – and there’s also £11M in transfer funds left over from the last financial year.
Rafa could get close to £50M for these three players – so there’s £100M to spend this summer.
If that’s what Rafa wants to do.
What do you think?