It was disappointing that we did not get the win at Brighton yesterday and it was a game of two halves – but it was 2 points lost nevertheless in our efforts to finish as high up the league as possible.
But some good news today in the Chronicle that if Rafa stays at the club, he will be looking to add six new players to the squad.
Several weeks ago the report was he wanted five players, and Lee Charnley during his press conference on the finances recently said the plan was to add only quality players this summer.
As we had expected Rafa needs two fullbacks, a left winger and the central midfield could well be shaken up with Shelvey, Diame, and Hayden all possibly leaving the club.
Rafa Benitez – at Brighton yesterday
Rafa would like Salomon Rondon, and the club are still keen on Brazilian striker Joelinton of Hoffenheim.
He cold cost £40M and the report is that Newcastle are willing to sign the player if some payment scheme can be worked out with the German club to bring in the striker.
The goalkeeping position needs to be sorted with Rob Elliot available for transfer, and something needs to be worked out for Freddie Woodman.
Woodman has only one year left on his contract at Newcastle and could be sold with Fulham, Arsenal, and Everton interested.
Unless things change, Rafa will get £100M over the next two years (four transfer windows) which is not a lot of money these days.
But we suppose that can be augmented a lot with fees for players like Shelvey, Hayden, Joselu and others who could be sold this summer.
But Rafa’s situation must be worked out soon so he can stay on board and he wants the club to move early in this summer’s transfer window.
The fact there is still no agreement with him on his contract, and only two league games to go has to be a little worrying.