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Newcastle United represented at Champions League match on Tuesday night

4 years ago
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A busy night of Champions League football saw Newcastle United represented at one of the matches.

Portuguese journalist Jan Hagen revealed that Newcastle had a scouting presence at Benfica v Dynamo Kiev, a Salvio penalty enough to give the home side a 1-0 victory.

No indications as to who Newcastle were looking at but obviously there would have been any number of players involved, who could potentially improve the NUFC team if back in the Premier League next season.

As you can see from the list below of clubs represented at that Benfica match, Newcastle were in good company, with both Middlesbrough and Sunderland two of the host of clubs looking for future players.

By necessity Rafa Benitez had to make wholesale transfers in and out of the club this summer to prepare for a Championship challenge, the manager no doubt looking to as much as possible ease that process in the transfer windows ahead.

With Newcastle around £30m up on the trading in this last transfer window, as well as funds still sitting there that Rafa Benitez was promised regardless of sales, it looks certain that more players will go in and out in January.

With crowds of over fifty thousand surely exceeding expectations, as well as the League Cup run bonus, clearly the financial side at NUFC must be going better than expected so far.

The dream scenario must be that by the time January comes around, Newcastle are looking nailed on for promotion, and Rafa Benitez can bring players in midway through the season, who would be capable of playing in the Premier League.

Kevin Keegan was a master of that at Newcastle, in March 1993 ahead of promotion, he brought in Andy Cole, Scott Sellars and Mark Robinson. Then in Feb/March 1994 brought Ruel Fox and Darren Peacock in, as Newcastle were on their way to finishing third in the Premier League.

I’m sure Rafa Benitez will be hoping to avoid having to make as many changes next summer as he did this past one, so every single player he can bed in from January would be a bonus, in preparation for if/when Newcastle return to the Premier League.

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