Not spending big in the summer window, Rafa Benitez will surely already be turning his attention to the January transfer window.
Spanish manager Rafa Benitez did not spend big this summer, but he did manage to bring in some quality additions. Using the loan market, Benitez brought in Kenedy from Chelsea, and secured Salomon Rondon from West Bromwich Albion. He also utilised a free-transfer, bringing in Ki Sung-yeung after his Swansea City contract expired. The remaining players were bought for relatively small fees in comparison to the modern market.
A new striker to help put the ball in the net will certainly be Benitez’s priority. He will be hoping, given his good track record, the club will be willing to back him financially and sign an exciting striker.
One player Rafa Benitez should already have his eye on is Leeds United player Kemar Roofe. The Whites forward man is valued at £3.15m by Transfermarkt.
A move to play Premier League football would surely tempt Roofe away from Elland Road. With six months of first-team football under his belt under meticulous Argentine boss Marcelo Bielsa, Roofe is likely to have really developed as a player and be ready for first team Premier League football.
The Leeds United man would certainly be an upgrade on the hugely frustrating Ayoze Perez. Roofe is a specialist in cutting inside from wide positions, and releasing a fierce low shot or playing in other players. He might provide the perfect compliment to Salomon Rondon in a front-two for the Magpies.
The 25-year-old, who has worked his way back up to the Championship from League Two level after West Bromwich Albion sold the player, deserves a chance at top flight football. The Magpies could surely lure him to St James Park in January.