After the transfer window has now closed and Newcastle have had a tremendous time of it in the market this summer, Rafa Benitez has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-side.
He was asked a number of good questions and he responded as honestly as ever.
Rafa Benitez – wrong time to talk about January
In this window we made £31M but still managed to bring in 12 good players and allow 21 players to leave the club either permanently or on loan.
Some players will return in January or next summer and senior players Tim Krul and Siem de Jong – as two examples – will have a chance next summer and their Newcastle careers may not be over.
The manager was asked whether the big summer shopping spree means we can expect less business in January.
This is how Rafa responded to that question:
“Now is not the time to talk about January. Our focus now moves away from transfers and is only on the football.”
“Of course, we will continue to assess the squad over the next few months and see how we are doing before the end of the year.”
“I have a lot of confidence in this group of players and hopefully we will be doing well and looking strong.”
Rafa is happy he now has a squad that’s settled and he can work with them in training.
He will be getting his message across that Newcastle will go into every game wanting to win it and expecting to win it – and doing everything possible to win the games coming up.
We will play 7 games in September starting on September 10th at Derby County and lasting through October 1st when we are at Rotherham – just three weeks.
The goal is to win every single one of them.