We had thought that our first signing would have been Andros Townsend this summer, for what we thought was £13M – the release amount in his contract at Crystal Palace.
But nothing happened, and we wondered what had happened since we knew Rafa was a big admirer of the former Tottenham winger and certainly got the best out of him while he was at Newcastle.
Now we are starting to realize why Newcastle didn’t sign him this summer and he seems to be one of the players we missed out on early this summer that annoyed Rafa so much.
Leicester are now willing to pay £27M for him which is more than twice the fee what we sold him to Palace for last summer, and it shows how wild the transfer market has become.
It also shows how right Rafa Benitez was in trying to get him signed for £15M in January and why he was so unhappy on January 31st when for some reason he wasn’t signed.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle need to change the way we do transfer business
Mike Ashley balked because the total was £2M more than the £13M we got from Palace for him and they were making a £2M profit with the £2M loan fee they wanted from us in January for just half a season.
Andros is now worth £12M more than the £15M he would have cost us in January, so we shouldn’t wonder why Rafa is saying Newcastle have to change the way we do transfers.
That’s just one reason Rafa is annoyed at the way Newcastle have conducted their transfer business this year.
And Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt they have no idea how to run a football club.
So why do they continue to not fully trust in Rafa Benitez and his 30 years in management and coaching?
Your guess is as good as ours, but that has to change quickly if Rafa is going to stay at Newcastle long term.
Mike Ashley has always found it difficult to look at the big picture, and the club seems to try to do a good deal on every single transaction – on every transfer.
That isn’t always possible.
Hopefully, Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley will have learned from this summer – but we wonder about that.
What do you think?