Reasons to be Cheerful – Newcastle United

As the joyous promotion mist drifts away, the dark clouds filled with negativity begin to circle Newcastle United once again. A section of fans are nervous about the lack of a ‘Big name signing’. While others have doubts as to whether the club have enough money, to make the squad ‘Premier League ready’.

Looking on social media over the last few months, you could see the postivity fading away and the negativity crawling back. A negativity that Rafa Benitez has tried so hard to keep away, during his time at Newcastle. The Spaniard is well aware that more signings are needed, however it is also important to be patient in this window. This summer has seen transfer prices rocket, to a point where players who would’ve been worth around £5 million last summer, are now being sold for £20 million.

The Newcastle manager has added Florian Lejeune, Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy and made Christian Atsu’s loan move permanent. While the likes of Adam Armstrong, Daryl Murphy, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Matz Sels and Sammy Ameobi have all departed either permanently or on loan. If Newcastle fans thought last summer was a big rebuilding squad, this summer is even bigger. The need to shift the deadwood is great, the likes of Riviere and Saivet among others can no longer burden the club. Newcastle at present have a massive squad, it is vital the club get the deadwood off the wage bill, to free up more space for new arrivals.

Although the transfer window has been a frustrating one for Newcastle, there are teams that haven’t signed a player yet. There will be an awful lot of movement in the window during August, as teams figure out what they need. Fans must stay patient during this crazy window, the prices going around are outrageous, and it’s not just Newcastle that are suffering.

Newcastle fans must stay realistic this season, the club have just been promoted. Teams involved in the Premier League last season are benefiting from the TV deal. Newcastle have to shop smart this summer, which is exactly what Benitez is doing. While some transfer fees look affordable for Newcastle, the huge wages some players are on means the club will not consider a move. An example being, Javier Hernandez who moved to West Ham for £16 million, is reportedly on £140,000 a week. Newcastle would have had to completely smash their wage structure in order to sign the Mexican.

For all the negativity in the fans’ minds, it is clear that Benitez is building a side that care about playing for the club. The Spaniard is signing players who are hungry to succeed and have a point to prove. A side can have all the big names and be on big money – That does not necessarily bring success, the club have a good core of players. More importantly Newcastle have a closely knit team, something we have not seen on Tyneside for some time. Former manager, Chris Hughton had the same qualities in his team, when he helped the club back to the Premier League in 2009/10.

Though the squad is far from complete, Newcastle will surprise a lot of people this season. The club will no longer have the pressure of being favourites every game. Last season, Newcastle were every teams cup final – They all raised their game for Newcastle. It will be tough for Newcastle, however under the guidance of Benitez, be prepared for the club to pull some surprises this season.

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