Three marquee signings Mike Ashley must reward Rafa Benitez with this summer

Newcastle United ended a successful first season back in the Premier League by beating Chelsea 3-0 at St James’ Park on the final day of the campaign on Sunday, and it was yet another indication of why they need to get Rafa Benitez tied down to a new contract this summer.

The Spaniard led the Magpies to survival with five matches still left to play following a run of four successive wins between the end of March and April, and he has made it clear that he isn’t willing to commit his long-term future to the Tyneside outfit unless he gets assurances from owner Mike Ashley – Toon fans were left unimpressed on Twitter following his latest statement – that there will be money to spend to take the club forward.

While the 58-year-old has done a magnificent job this term, it is clear to see that the team needs some more experience and quality in key areas if they are to improve on a 10th-place finish in the 2018/19 campaign.

Having so far failed to do so, Ashley now needs to show his commitment to his manager and back him in the transfer market this summer, and that will include spending money to bring in the quality of players that the former Liverpool and Real Madrid boss wants.

Here are three marquee signings the Sports Direct tycoon must reward Benitez with this summer…