The Sunday People is reporting today that Rafa Benitez is becoming a little agitated at Newcastle with the lack of signings so far in the summer transfer window, with only days to go before preseason training begins.
Journalist Neil Moxley is reporting tensions are rising on Tyneside because of a distinct lack of progress in getting players through the door.
It’s not unlike what happened last summer, but the big difference is we have gone after players this summer and we have failed to get them through the door.
That’s a little different to what happened last summer, which overall was an extremely positive and successful transfer window.
But you just know Newcastle fans are also starting to get a little bit worried too.
We missed out on the saga of the summer so far – with Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham and the Chelsea club not thinking he would get enough starts at Newcastle, so he went to Swansea last week instead.
We also failed to sign free-agent former Manchester City keeper Willy Caballero although we could still sign Pepe Reina from Napoli where he’s still having trouble doing a contract extension to stay in Italy.
We also went after Sporting center-back Ruben Semedo who preferred to move to the Spanish League and signed for Valencia.
The £8.7M move to sign Eibar defender Florian Lejeune by activating the release clause in his contract is stalling – with the People reporting it’s because of issues with meeting his buy-out clause.
While it’s true fans are becoming just a little but worried they still have full confidence in Rafa Benitez.
And if we are not signing these players because of daft things like not paying a little extra for them to seal the deal then we should change that policy.
Remember last summer Rafa had to persuade Lee Charnley to pay out that little bit more to sign Matt Ritchie from Bournemouth and Matt was just fabulous for us – he loves Newcastle, scored 16 goals for us and was the Player of the Season.
Hey – maybe Rafa knows that he’s talking about.
We hope that Lee And Mike Ashley will trust Rafa more and if he says we should pay that little extra for some players, they (Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley) should take that advice because Rafa is very likely to be accurate in his judgement.
Newcastle are going after some good players and if we can sign top players like Lejeune, Fernando, Vincent Aboubakar and Pepe Reina things will look a lot brighter very quickly.
But we don’t want to get all negative about this – it’s a very difficult transfer window for everybody concerned and all we need is say three players signed in the next 8 days and we’ll still be in good shape.
Very good shape in fact.
What do you think.