The ex-NUFC star Rafa Benitez could re-sign on a free this summer – a controversial bargain?

With takeover talk and the future of Rafa Benitez still up in the air, Newcastle may be looking and the usual lower budget options when strengthening the squad this summer.

The £90m loss released in accounts for the last financial year will not have helped either and though we have TV money now and some parts of the loss, such as the £10m on player bonus’ could be inaccurate, it still means Newcastle will be looking at the free agent pool with interest.

One option that stands out would be a little controversial, in French midfielder orchestrator and ex Toon star, Yohan Cabaye.

He was superb for us, especially in the season we finished 5th and earned a big money, £20m move to oil rich PSG. It was how he went about securing an exit that rightly annoyed Newcastle fans, with it well documented that he refused to play in games and even went on strike at one stage.

As we know, it didn’t work out for him in the French capital, and he moved back to England surprisingly with Crystal Palace.

He left on bad terms but he is a quality player and, with the right attitude and good performances, he could certainly win the fans back. Palace fans are certainly hopeful he stays but with no deal year agreed after the season has ended, it could be he moves on.

A move would make sense in a few ways. He would be a brilliant option to either backup or push Shelvey, who if injured, would leave us short of creativity in the middle of the park. We need more depth and, although since Rafa has arrived injuries have drastically reduced (which is a credit to him as his team), we know injuries to key players would leave us well short.

He is 31 but has bags of Premier League experience and an affinity with the club, even if it turned sour. It also would make sense considering the other players we have in that position who may move on. Colback and Saviet will leave the club this summer and speculation over Merino continues to surface. After a fine start to life in England you get the sense he may have had his head turned.

Mo Diame has been outstanding for us but is 30 and unlikely to keep up this level of performance week in week out, so another reliable body can only help. I also think there have to be question marks over whether Hayden will ever have the quality to more than a squad player.

Regardless of the budget this summer, a return for Cabaye could be a shrewd move.

Would you welcome him back though? Or are there any other bargain buys you think are better options for Benitez to consider this summer?

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About Simon Riddlesden

Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.

3 thoughts on “The ex-NUFC star Rafa Benitez could re-sign on a free this summer – a controversial bargain?

  1. Rob Brown:
    Interesting argument.

    We should get Cabaye, who is 31, but Diame at 30, is past it?

    He’s not said that anywhere here mate? Reality is, Colback and Saivet will go, Merino’s future up in the air a little, questions over Hayden and with Diame it’s a case of can he keep up that form up? With all that in mind, Cabaye would be another good option.

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