Benitez Expects Some Transfer Difficulties In August

Rafa Benitez has bemoaned that the summer transfer window lasts through August and players can leave in that time, when it’s after the season has started.

Rafa would like the transfer window to close once the season starts, because then the teams will not be disrupted, mainly by players leaving, but also by players arriving.

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Rafa Benitez – expects potential difficulties in August

It does seem a little strange that the transfer window is open when teams have started playing, but then that’s the same kind of thing in January, a transfer window most managers hate – again because of its disruptive nature to the team.

This is what Rafa Benitez has said on BBC Newcastle:

“It’s always important to sort your squad out before the season starts, but it’s almost impossible.” “Every single year you try to do it, but it’s very difficult.

“Another debate about the transfer window, when it should finish.”

“We have had this debate many times and it is not fair when you are playing in August and until the end of August players can go and can come.”

“It will be important for me now because the transfer window is open during the start of the season so it will important to maybe finish at the beginning of August.”

“Then the players will know: ‘I am here, so this is my team.’”

“It might be that you are preparing your set-pieces and then you have a player who comes to you on August 6 and by August 13 he’s working with another team and you have to rework all your set-pieces.”

“It’s a simple thing but it happens and the first month is always a difficult month, because you have players leaving.”

Newcastle still have to make their first signing of the summer, but Rafa last week seemed positive about how things were going at the club in terms of trying to get some good players in.

It’s two weeks tomorrow that pre-season training starts and then seven weeks this coming Saturday when the Championship season starts – when Rafa hopes to have all the transfer business – in and out – completed.

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • expatmag

    Jun 13, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #1

    Thats why he is getting paid squilions to manage this club.

    Make the HARD decisions, Rafa and form the squad in your own planning.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jun 13, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #2

    He has a point mind, what is the advantage of keeping the window open for the start of the season, I can see the sense in the January window but not at the beginning.

  • G

    Jun 13, 2016 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #3

    I agree, they should close the window the second the first ball is struck, and re-open it when the league season is over. Either that, or just do away with windows all together and just let people buy and sell willy-nilly. The system as things stand is ludicrous.

  • expatmag

    Jun 13, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #4

    Start off by selling Sissoko and awijnaldum for not a penny less than 15 million quid each…….even if it takes till the last day of the window

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 13, 2016 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Jeez i hope the republic do better than norn iron today but i think we will. COYBIG !

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 13, 2016 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Sissoko after three and a half seasons may have earned his move, particularly if he was given assurances that haven’t been met. Widjnaldum hasn’t been here long enough for the same consideration. He isn’t too blame anymore than the others and he is too good for the Championship, but he is being well compensated and is under contract. We don’t need them both, considering they are both tens anyway. Sissoko probably needs a new challenge and we need to freshen it up a little, but of course what does happen to them will ultimately be down to the size of any bids.

  • GenralHez

    Jun 13, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Newcastle could let it be known that they will not sell or buy anyone after a date that suits Newcastle, we do not have to be hand cuffed to the dates laid down, they are the maximum time only.


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