The Express are reporting today that Newcastle are close to two new signings, but we wonder if this is old news form Rafa’s press conference on Tuesday?
Newcastle won their first game in the FA Cup for five years last night at St. James’ Park against Birmingham, with a good 3-1 win with Rafa being bold and starting three youngsters – Dan Barlasar, Yasin Ben El-Mhanni and Stuart Findlay.
All three made their debuts last night.
Rafa Benitez and Gianfranco Zola last night
It all paid off with what in the end was an easy win, but when the visitors scored to make it 2-1 with 20 minutes to go Newcastle hung on a bit near the end, before Matt Ritchie got his second goal in stoppage time.
We are supposed to be close to signing both Andros Townsend and James McCarthy according to recent reports and the Express has further fueled those rumors with a report out this morning saying Rafa has said we are close to two really good signings.
But Rafa doesn’t exactly say that.
This is what Rafa said last night as reported in the Express, when asked if Newcastle are close to completing some deals:
“That’s a tricky question.” “January is always difficult, because not many of the good players playing in top sides are available.”
“I like to sign young players, to develop them and improve them and also sign the players that we need.”
“People think that I like to sign older players but that is not the case, our team is below the average age in this division.”
“We have some options and a couple of them could be really good.”
We really do hope Newcastle are close to a couple of good signings – we need a couple of new players coming into our squad as we push for automatic promotion back to the big time – the Premier League – this season.
Howay The Lads!!