There’s some good news being reported in the Shields Gazette this morning that Rafa Benitez is expecting a transfer breakthrough before the game at Brentford on Saturday, which will be another difficult game for us without the creativity of Jonjo Shelvey.
Newcastle failed to win again for the third time in four games since Shelvey has been out suspended – and this time we managed a boring 1-1 draw at Birmingham City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Newcastle are linked with Chelsea’s 20 year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek
The bad news is that we didn’t win and we therefore have another game on the schedule, but the good news is that we are still in the competition and in the draw for the 4th round in a couple of hours time.
We have lost in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in each of the last four seasons.
Rafa Benitez was asked about the transfer situation and this is what he has said as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“We were just focusing on the game on Saturday at Brentford.”
“But I will talk with Lee Charnley and see if we can get any movement or good news this week.”
We are also interested in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek as a loan target and over the weekend Newcastle were strongly linked with Everton central midfielders Tom Cleverley and James McCarthy.
We are hoping Rafa can bring in a player before Saturday, but we wonder who it will be?