So much happens at Newcastle United, that occasionally some pretty obvious, and important, things get ignored/overlooked.
Obviously, the only important thing on the actual pitch is NUFC staying up this season.
Then we have the small matters of confirmation that Rafa Benitez will be staying, whilst Mike Ashley hopefully exits.
Both things almost certainly going to be affected by what happens on the relegation/staying up front.
However, if Newcastle do stay up, then between now and the end of the season there could be an interesting potential bonus.
A victory against Huddersfield in the next game, would enable the club, and fans, to then wonder just how high Newcastle could possibly finish.
This is how the Premier League table looks on Thursday morning:
Newcastle could finish anywhere up to as high as ninth, in my opinion.
It would need a lot of things to go in our favour but it isn’t impossible.
Everton are in ninth and their next four fixtures are home matches with Liverpool & Man City, plus tricky away games against relegation battlers Stoke and Swansea, then they play Newcastle.
The league placings this season see 20th position worth an extra £1.9m, whilst 9th place will land a club £22.8m (every place worth £1.9m more), over £20m difference.
Whilst we all hope that Mike Ashley leaving will herald a new era of opportunity, whoever owns the club, this extra cash cold be a massive boost to Rafa Benitez and his squad.
Landing £22.8m would/could potentially pay for both Dubravka and Kenedy to be signed permanently – the keeper has a £4m buyout whilst claims this week that Kenedy could be landed for £15m – though I think if Chelsea were up for selling, you’d be looking at a £20m minimum.
Even if Newcastle could maintain their current Premier League position that would still be an extra £15.2m, which even by itself is larger than the net spend Mike Ashley has allowed Rafa Benitez since August 2016.
People talk about lining up ducks in a row, well for Newcastle you keep looking at it and wonder, what if…
In a chain of events I suppose you are looking at securing safety, then as high up as possible in the table (and potentially that £22.8m via league placing), Rafa staying, Mike Ashley leaving/new ambitious owners arriving, then a summer transfer window where both the club’s generated funds and an initial injection from those new owners, could see Newcastle make giant strides very quickly.
First step, beat Huddersfield.