During his press conference yesterday Rafa Benitez didn’t say too much about the transfer system at Newcastle and Mike Ashley reportedly being unhappy with some of the transfers and wanting to go back to his old way of doing business.
That’s when we brought in young players who were groomed so they had sell-on value – and then we would sell them for big profits.
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Examples of that were players like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko – to name just a few.
We made big money that way, but our team was not so good as two relegations in nine years has proved and those are the only times we have been relegated from the Premier League since 1993.
Rafa seems to have worked quite well with former Chief Scout Graham Carr, who used to be in charge of all the transfers at the club.
Rafa talked in the local papers about working with Graham yesterday:
“We had a meeting maybe one month ago or something like that and we had a meeting the other day: names, names and then we put all the names down and after, we decide.”
“The fans, the media say ‘do you have the final say?’ Yes, the club cannot sign anyone without talking with me.”
“But at the same time, ‘Can you sign whatever you want?’ We are trying to sign what we need, that’s what we are trying to do.”
“We have to try to find the players that we need and are after, the players that we want.”
“You know in the Championship, it is easier when you have a team already in the division and you have to add two or three players, than when you are going down.”
“Then you have to change half of your squad.” “It is easier.”
“My point is that we have to be so happy that we are in a very good position (top), changing players, making profit, all these things together.”
“For me, it is very simple to understand what we need and try to improve the team.”
We made around £31M in profits in the summer transfer window even though Rafa brought in 12 new players to the squad.
Benitez said yesterday he is confident Newcastle can add to the squad before 11:00 pm on Tuesday 31st January, when the transfer window slams shut.
He has a couple of good players in his sights right now and one he says he likes a lot.
Jonjo Shelvey is back tonight after his five game suspension and the main thing is that we get through to the 4th round of the FA Cup – hopefully without extra time being necessary.