Rafa Benitez gave an update after the 3-1 win at Wolfsburg yesterday, and he talked about Aleksandar Mitrovic – who he seemed pleased with. – and the state of the
He also spoke about the situation of the transfer window – which appears to have gone into another slow period with Newcastle seemingly not near to any breakthrough.
Newcastle still needs a left back, playmaker and striker to round out what would be a decent transfer window this summer.
And most of all we need a striker who can score the goals for us, but if for some reason we cannot get a good striker in then we assume Rafa will keep Aleksandar Mitrovic on board and the Serbian looked good again yesterday afternoon in the first half.
Aleksandar Mitrovic after scoring yesterday at Wolfsburg
This is what Rafa has said after the game as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“Mitrovic was working hard – that was the main thing,” “We told him before that he would play 45 minutes, so he has to give everything.”
“He was trying. He had some chances to score a goal.” “He was there, and that’s what we were expecting.”
“He was pushing and pressing the defenders and creating chances for himself and his team-mates.”
“We are working on that (transfers) but it’s not an easy transfer window. We have to wait and see if we can do something.”
We are still after Arsenal striker Lucas Perez, and he would seem a great buy for us at £13.4M, but once again Newcastle have balked at the price – but for £13.4M surely he would be a good buy for us – he’s worth that much to Newcastle.
But it does seem that Newcastle is more short of money than we first thought.
But the fluid way in which the lads played yesterday shows that Rafa can make the players we have into a very decent side.
Rafa is our most valuable asset, and we cannot forget that.