5 players Newcastle could sell to raise some transfer funds
With transfer funds likely to be in short supply who can Benitez ship out to raise some much needed cash?
With Newcastle United firmly clear of the relegation places, attention has now turned to how Rafael Benitez can build on this success and get the club challenging for trophies and European competition once more.
As long as Mike Ashley is still in charge at Newcastle United it is likely that Rafael Benitez's budget will be limited compared to their rivals.
Although he might be reluctant to do so, the Spaniard might have to move some players on in order to raise some much-needed transfer funds.
In this article who he could afford to let go and who might bring in the most money.
#5 Jamaal Lascelles
This wouldn't be a popular decision with Newcastle fans but the centre-back is undoubtedly one of the club's biggest assets, with Chelsea rumoured to be interested in securing his services for a fee of £30 million.
Lascelles has enjoyed an outstanding season and has been a wonderful captain for the team in their first season back in the Premier League. His form has led to increasing clamour for an England call-up which has yet to be forthcoming.
However what many people forget is that Lascelles wasn't in Rafael Benitez's first choice eleven at the start of the season.
When Newcastle lined up on the opening day against Tottenham Hotspur they did so with Florian Lejeune and Ciaran Clark as their centre-halves.
Unfortunately, a horror tackle from Harry Kane on Lejeune in the first half of that game let Lascelles back into the team and when Lejeune found himself fully fit it was Clark that was dispensed to the bench.
Lejeune has been outstanding in Newcastle's recent revival and Clark very rarely puts a foot wrong and is significantly better on the ball than Lascelles.
Not many Newcastle fans would want to see Lascelles leave the club but the club clearly has options in the position and Benitez might be tempted to cash in.