We think that Rafa Benitez is coming to terms with why Newcastle seem so short of money this summer and it’s certainly not what he expected.
But it is what it is, and it seems Newcastle just don’t have the financial muscle of most of the Premier League clubs this summer because we have been down below for a season.
We expect our world-class manager Rafa Benitez to be frustrated and unhappy because he is anxious to build Newcastle United into a top team in the Premier League.
And that goal will now be delayed a little because we just don’t have big money this summer.
But Rafa is also pragmatic and utterly determined to build the best squad he can in the last few weeks of this tough transfer window for the club.
This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle about his squad:
“If you see the squad, it’s obvious that we need a striker. We needed to bring some players in some positions to have competition.”
“Dwight was doing really well last year. But it’s another level and we have to see if he can replicate something similar in the Premier League.”
“We need competition in each position.”
“Not just because they will be better, but we need bodies. You have to be sure that you have enough quality to keep the level.”
“It’s very simple. If you’re asking me which players you want, I can tell you four or five players in the top sides.’
“We cannot sign these players. Trying to be realistic, sometimes you go to the market and you have a target.”
“If you cannot get this for different reasons – we are where we are.”
“I said before, and I’m not hiding anything, I’m not happy, but I know we’re in this position.”
“And we will try to improve until the end of the transfer window with the players that we can get.”
“If we can bring in a more expensive player, we will do it. If we cannot, we will get another one and make sure they can give us something different.”
“Hopefully, they will improve the team, but at least they will improve the squad.”
Mike Ashley has verified in his Sky Sports interview that Lee Charnley actually takes direction from Rafa and that Rafa is completely in charge of all transfers coming and going.
It seems the club has got that one right and Lee Charnley and his team are the ones who get the deals done – or try to – once Rafa identifies the targets.
Just like last summer!
It hasn’t gone well this year so far because the transfer fees are ridiculously high and we are also short of money – temporarily.
But as Rafa asked for yesterday in his press conference we as fans have to get right behind Rafa and his players – right now.
Maybe we can take Spurs apart tomorrow?