We’ve noticed that even with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle, we still seem to go after some of our former transfer targets.
News today that one of the players we were after in early August was Hull City striker Abel Hernandez, but when he picked up a serious Achilles injury in mid-August that put an end to that potential deal.
We have been interested in Abel for almost four years and were interested in buying him before he eventually signed on for Hull City from Palermo three years ago.
The Uruguayan’s agent Pablo Bentancur has revealed what happened earlier last month to Italian publication Tutto Mercato:
“He had an important market, strong interest from Aston Villa and Birmingham, they wanted him at all costs, and there was also a chance to go to Newcastle.
“It’s a bad thing, but football is the way it is, Abel has strength and is young, he will be back.”
It would have been less than a stellar signing for Newcastle, and we were competing with Championship clubs for him, but Rafa could have seen something in the player that he could bring out with his coaching.
We have to remember that when we signed players like Ciaran Clark after a terrible season with Aston Villa, and Daryl Murphy from Ipswich last summer they were not looked on as good signings at the time.
But Ciaran has turned out to be one of our best players, and Daryl did the job by scoring six goals when he was called upon when Dwight Gayle was injured.
Newcastle have been interested in Hernandez since he was at Palermo, but he has had a less than successful time in the Premier League with Hull City hitting only 5 goals in 29 appearances last season.
Abel was the player back in February of 214 who said he dreamed of playing for Newcastle United, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid.
This is what Abel told Gazzetta dello Sport over three years ago::
“I am reborn because we have to win the Serie B title.” “Enough with nightclubs, “Instead I go to church with my mother and score goals to get back to Serie A.”
“I decided to stay – I owed it to Palermo owner Maurizio Zamparini and the fans.” “In the future, I dream of Newcastle United, Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid.”
If we can only keep Rafa at Newcastle long term, there will be a lot more players who will dream of playing for Newcastle United.