For Newcastle fans looking ahead throughout this Premier League campaign, there are still several question marks around the PL future, managerial future and the general club direction.,
But do we actually need to be worried about any of these?
Well we’ll start off with Newcastle’s Premier league status for the 19/20 season, because despite many fans (including myself) thinking that this transfer window was a complete disaster, when you take money out of the equation and look at who we have kept/sold, we haven’t had that bad of a window.
Think about it.
Apart from Merino (who wasn’t starting anyway) we haven’t lost anyone who I personally think Rafa would have chose to keep. Yes we can sit and have the age-old debate of whether Mitrovic can do it in the prem, but the reality is, it dosen’t matter whether he can or not because Rafa didn’t want to play him for whatever reason.
Then once you look at the likes of Sels, Haidara, Mbemba, Armstrong, Toney and the two loans out (Gayle and Colback), they were all fringe/unwanted players, maybe excluding Gayle – but I feel he would be 3rd or 4th choice with Muto and Rondon now at the club.
Now lets look at the new signings.
Obviously the verdict is still out on most, but having two players who we know can perform in Kenedy and Dubravka (Kenedy reminding us how good he is against Tottenham) is reassuring for the season ahead.
I also thought Fernandez and Ki Sung-yueng were PL quality while at Swansea and I seriously think Rondon could hit anywhere from 10-15 this season if given the proper chance.
Now obviously I’m not going to claim to have watched enough of Schar/Muto to have a proper opinion on what they can do but at least they might work out.
So when you take a step back and look at the overall picture, we have kept everyone who kept us up last season, got two new strikers, gained more defensive cover and got rid of fringe players. A pretty good window on the face of things.
However, I do think for the immediate season ahead at least, this was a good window and we will have no problem finishing in the 11th-16th range but, only time will tell.