Newcastle legend Mick Quinn praises Benitez's early transfer business

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez and Jamaal Lascelles during training

Newcastle United have made some fantastic acquisitions already this summer.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezMick Quinn has been impressed with Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez's decisive summer dealings

Newcastle United legend Mick Quinn has told The Chronicle how he has been impressed by the club's swift and impressive transfer business.

Quinn scored 59 goals in 115 league appearances for the Magpies, and writing his column for the newspaper, he discussed Toon boss Rafa Benitez's early dealings.

"I have to say I really like the look of the transfer activity they have done so far as well," he said. "As he always does, Rafa has identified exactly where his squad needs strengthening, and he’s gone out and got the targets he wants."

Dwight Gayle celebrates after scoring the second goal for Crystal PalaceDwight Gayle joined the Rafa revolution last week

The Tyneside club look a far more solid all round side with the additions of Dwight Gayle, Matt Ritchie, Jesus Games, Isaac Hayden and Matz Sels. Benitez is reportedly in the market for more signings, and Quinn expects to see more new faces, highlighting a defender and another striker to The Chronicle as potential new arrivals.

"I expect further signings to follow as well," he said. "Grant Hanley keeps getting mentioned as a centre-back option, and he’s someone who has good experience at that level, can slot in nicely at the heart of the defence, and then grow with Newcastle over the next few years. Also, another striker would be nice."

Grant Hanley celebrates after scoring the third goal for BlackburnWill Grant Hanley be Rafa's next signing?

Whether Benitez manages to bring in more signings or not, he has most definitely made an impact on this Newcastle squad already. He has a side shaping up to be arguably the strongest ever Championship club, on paper at least.

When you consider the feel-good factor currently emanating from St James' Park, it is strange to think that the Geordie's endured such a poor season last term that eventually culminated in their relegation to England's second tier.

With a man like Benitez at the helm, however, it is little wonder as to why.

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezRafa's presence at the club has induced a feeling of optimism amongst the fans

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