Rafa Benitez is now willing to include Chancel Mbemba in a swap deal in order to get Andros Townsend in before the January transfer window closes tomorrow night, but we wonder just what chance there is now that we can get anybody through the door in the next 40 hours the transfer window is open?
If we cannot get anybody through the door it will have been a failed transfer window after the ultra successful transfer window in the summer and it leaves the Newcastle squad vulnerable to injuries and suspensions of top players like Dwight Gayle and especially Jonjo Shelvey.
Rafa Benitez – being let down by Newcastle Hierarchy?
It’s been noticeable that Rafa has seemed a bit frustrated over the last few days as he seems to realize we might not get anybody in.
But he has said Newcastle still have a job to do before tomorrow night, but he doesn’t know if it will be possible to get our targets in by then:
“We have to do our job before the deadline. We have our targets, but we don’t know if we can get them.”
The pathetic second half performance on Saturday against Oxford United showed how a number of our fringe players are simply not good enough and there will be a risk to our promotion drive if top players are injured during the run-in.
That’s exactly what Rafa is trying to guard against, but with Newcastle being second in the league and 6 points clear of third placed Reading with a game in hand, we wonder if the likes of Mike Ashley doesn’t want to spend money in January because of that.
It wouldn’t surprise us, but that doesn’t make Rafa happy, who wants to continually improve the side.
If we don’t get promoted this season it will be little short of another disaster and if we don’t get any good players in before tomorrow night then Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley will have failed Rafa Benitez in this window.
It’s as simple as that and it would not be good for a number of reasons.