Rafa Benitez has been critical of Newcastle’s transfer business so far, and it seems one of his problems is the actual way Newcastle carry out their transfer business.
It appears to have resulted in missing out on a number of our transfer targets early in the summer, and it certainly hasn’t helped that we have narrowly lost our first two games this season.
We also lost our first two games last season, and we quickly improved and got out of that mess with six wins in a row.
But the Premier League is a lot harder than the Championship, but we still expect Rafa to bring about a significant improvement in the Newcastle team as the season progresses.
We are also hoping Lee Charnley and company can get at least four new players in before the end of the transfer window.
Rob Elliot has been in goal for the first two games, and he has been interviewed today on how the news of pundits, as well as the manager, want more and better players into the squad is affecting the lads.
Here’s some of what Rob has said as reported in the Telegraph today:
“It feels like the joy and the unbelievable feeling of coming up has sort of been shrouded since then.”
“It seems to have gone away very quickly before we kicked a ball. I think that’s out of our hands and the manager’s but the only thing we can do is make sure on the pitch we’re doing the right things and working hard in training, which we are.”
“I think we need the window to end. With the stories flying around – we haven’t got enough, we have got enough – I don’t think it’s very fair on the squad.”
“They did such a terrific job last year and we’ve brought in some good players. We just wanted it to be about looking forward to the Premier League season, unfortunately it’s not been that but as a group we now have to stay strong and take that on board. “
“Playing for Newcastle isn’t like playing for other clubs, the pressure and the expectation that comes with it, you’ve got to be able to handle that to play for Newcastle. I think the lads have done and they’ve done brilliantly and the new signings look good.”
“I think we just need to gel, get settled and push on for ourselves.”
“We didn’t want to start off with two defeats but we did that last year and won the league.”
“I’m not saying we’re going to win the league this year but I don’t think it means that the world’s coming to an end and we have to look with despair. “
“We can work with what we need to work on but I think there’s a lot more positives than previous Premier League years.”
“And hopefully we can push on and make sure that we’re putting things right and getting that rub of the green and hopefully get all of our players back from injury.”
Those are good words from Rob, and he’s as positive as ever.