No transfer movement in or out of Newcastle United as yet but Rafa Benitez has identified signings to do a job for years to come, rather than short-term buys to (hopefully) get out of the Championship.
The Chronicle say that their information is that the Newcastle boss has prepared his list of players that he wants and that he is looking for ‘Premier League standard’.
The Newcastle players return next week for pre-season training but Rafa Benitez is said to be relaxed about the prospect of potentially not having any new signings in by the end of the month.
Needless to say, Newcastle fans would be approaching panic stations if we still had the likes of McClaren or Pardew in charge, managers/head coaches with no say in the transfer process and the possibility of players being sold at any time without replacements coming in.
There is total faith in Rafa Benitez but the conundrum surely is how to persuade ‘Premier League standard’ players to drop into the Championship.
It will need all of Rafa’s persuasive powers to achieve that and can surely only be done on the back of outlining a plan of an instant return to the Premier League and also using that as a springboard to move forward.
At a time when an extra £600m+ TV cash will fill the pockets of the 20 Premier League clubs, you are talking about Rafa and Newcastle being up against it when competing for players.
You would this is especially the case with players from abroad, who when approached by clubs will surely look first to simply see whether they are Premier League or not.
The conclusion many outsiders would draw, is that Newcastle’s safest bet is to simply retain as many of last season’s players as possible, rather than gamble on bringing in replacements who would be an unknown quantity.
It is Catch 22 but with only Moussa Sissoko at the Euros, you would assume that if Newcastle are going to let players go to fund replacements, then there is nothing to stop them making other clubs aware and pushing to get deals done earlier rather than later.