Friday morning sees reports of five Newcastle players being made available for transfer.
No real surprises and reality is that this story could have almost certainly being written in the summer, with the same list of players.
The Chronicle claim that Newcastle United will now ‘listen to offers for Henri Saivet , Mo Diame, Massadio Haidara, Jack Colback and Rolando Aarons’.
Maybe some of you would argue that Rolando Aarons is a new name but having been given only 66 minutes of Premier League action this season, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Rafa doesn’t rate him.
Newcastle have struggled for creativity all season and yet he has chosen to give Aarons no Premier League starts and much of the time not even get on the bench.
Whether the Chronicle have actually got information on this for sale list or not is irrelevant, as we would all assume that Rafa Benitez would happily shift any of these players.
In fact, you could put the list together as one of those adverts which says ‘Free to a good home if willing to collect’.
The story today has been run along the lines of Rafa willing to sell Newcastle players to boost transfer funds at his disposal but bottom line is that to shift any of these you are going to have to give them away, or else they would have left in the summer.
You might get a Championship club willing to spend a million or so in a gamble on Aarons but this would make little difference to Rafa’s buying/loaning power in January. For those of you more optimistic on Rolando Aarons still making it, the ‘youngster’ is now 22 and has started three Premier League games in his entire career so far, it isn’t happening.
When it comes to other players, I think clearly Rafa Benitez would be more than happy to shift Aleksandar Mitrovic at any price, though it wouldn’t be the case for Mike Ashley I take it, despite the striker having no future under Benitez.
Jesus Gamez is another who would surely be allowed to leave.
Two others in my opinion would be Cancel Mbemba, a player who is getting odd games but who Rafa doesn’t see as a first choice. Whilst I would guess either goalkeeper would be allowed to leave if at last the manager found a new number one that he was allowed to sign.
As always, other clubs want to sign your best players, not the ones you are desperate to be rid of.