Rafa Benitez is pragmatic and he doesn’t mess around, so if suitable players are not available at the right price next month then it could be that Newcastle will not strengthen their first team squad before the end of the upcoming transfer window.
Rafa has said often that he is satisfied with the current squad and that they can see us through the rest of the season – and hopefully get us promoted – but it’s still good to strengthen the squad if at all possible.
We could still bring in some younger players for the future, but it seems some of the transfer prices being quoted for potential targets are way too high and do not offer value for Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez with his players in training
This is what Benitez has told ChronicleLive before tomorrow night’s crucial game at home to Sheffield Wednesday:
“We have one or two positions we would like to reinforce a little bit with someone.”
“But you have players in the Championship who are maybe not much better than your players and the prices are so high that it is impossible.”
“Also you have some players who are playing in Europe who maybe do not want to leave the Europa League or the Champions League or the top of their league to go to a Championship team.”
“Maybe the club will not want to sell their player either.”
“So we have to be realistic; we have a good team, a good squad, we are doing well, we are at the top of the table.”
“And what we have to do is find the right player in the right position to make sure we improve the squad.”
We hope Rafa can find one or two good players for Newcastle at the right price next month, but that may not be possible in the current environment of clubs asking ridiculously high prices for their players.