Leeds and Aston Villa looking at Newcastle United as benchmark of where want to be in 12 months
Newcastle United ended their season with a 4-0 win over Fulham. Crazy to think that with the season over, we still have no idea whether the club will even try and buy Solomon Rondon, or whether Mike Ashley will do anything to try and persuade Rafa to stay.
Only two days now until the transfer window opens. under five weeks until the fixtures are out and under seven weeks until pre-season starts.
As ever with Newcastle United, you are left asking yourself… just what the fu.. is going on?
There is no getting away from it that Sunday was a fantastic result. Thinking back over Rafa’s results in his final game of the season during his time here and it does make for impressive reading with big wins over Tottenham and Chelsea, winning the Championship and a 4-0 away win in the PL.
The truth though is that it was another disappointing year for Newcastle United in which we spent most of the time at the bottom of the league battling relegation, until a fantastic turn of results coincided with the introduction of Almiron/Hayden to the team and took us to the lofty heights of 13th.
That should be a reminder to all of us. We finished 13th.
This is not because we were distinctly average all season either, as stated, it took a brilliant run of results to get us to this point. In the end we finished 11 points ahead of Cardiff who although they themselves finished on 34 points, were distinctly poor. I would be very surprised come next season if there is one team that are as bad as Huddersfield/Fulham/Cardiff, never mind three!
When you look at the teams coming up, Norwich, Sheff Utd and then likely to be either Leeds or Aston Villa… these sides are certainly going to be no push overs and they will be looking at the likes of Newcastle as the benchmark as to where they want to be in one year’s time.
So what are Newcastle doing about that? Are we looking ahead to the future in one year’s time? Are we saying to ourselves, that with a good summer we can look to emulate the likes of Leicester or West Ham next campaign? No. Not in the slightest. The truth is that we are a million miles away from those two clubs, already a million miles away from Wolves and Everton who are in a whole different universe to us.
This is a club that is allowing its two best assets right now, their manager Rafa Benitez and their star centre forward/player of the season Solomon Rondon to run down their contracts with what seems not a care in the world. Are the club serious about keeping them both? No. These two signings, especially Rafa, should have been wrapped up months ago. Yet they haven’t even started talks yet! Can you believe it? I tell you what, I can!
As for Solomon Rondon, if the club were really serious about keeping him they would have said to WBA months ago, here is your 16 or 20 million and we will take him now. Lets talk about Dwight Gayle at the end of the season when you know where you stand. Not haggling over pennies, or this or that. Look at Wolves, they tied up their star centre forward straight away by making his loan move permanent from Benfica for 30 million.
This is dragging already and other clubs are AGAIN gaining more yards on Newcastle. Norwich and Sheffield United are already planning for next season. All of the clubs around us will be doing the same. With the exception of Brighton who are looking for a new manager, every single team in the division are already one step ahead of Newcastle United this summer.
What are we doing about it? Nothing it seems. It wouldn’t surprise me if come next Monday, Brighton have announced their new manager and Charnley/Ashley are still there twiddling their thumbs over bits and bobs.
In the meantime I am sure the local media will keep you up to date with sufficient garbage about takeover talks, and what Rafa wants, but I would not waste your time even clicking.
They told us months ago that Rafa had an offer on the table, then Rafa told us that they he had put his offer on the table to the club. Then they told us that the club were in talks with Rafa, now we know that talks haven’t been started yet. They even told us this week that takeover talk had begun, by announcing their own takeover talk. You really couldn’t make it up.
If I have any advice for NUFC fans wanting to keep their sanity over the next week, dear god switch your phone off.
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