Mike Ashley Must Support Rafa In Signing Several Players In January

With the new early closing of the summer transfer window being in early August, it could mean that the January transfer market becomes more important for English clubs.

The new end of the window is on the Thursday before the first Premier League game, and the window closes at 5:00 pm.

That means once the season starts there are no more players who can be signed, but some can be sold to continental clubs.

That’s the change Rafa Benitez and most managers wanted to be made by the Premier League.

The general opinion is that Newcastle did not have a good transfer window, but the good form of players like Florian Lejeune, Mikel Merino, and Joselu may change that over the coming months.

Mike Ashley, Rafa Benitez, and Lee Charnley in early May

Merino and Joselu had good games for Newcastle again yesterday, and Joselu looks like he’s a good old-fashioned center forward who is technically adept and a physical presence in the opposing penalty area.

But Rafa didn’t get the players he wanted, so we are hoping Mike Ashley will make money available for January so Rafa can strengthen the squad in the next transfer window.

If we can do that it means less work to do in the summer transfer window.

Newcastle have shown they are slow, ponderous and penny-pinching in their transfer dealings which can lead to us losing out on players such as Tammy Abraham and others.

Rafa wants to improve the way Newcastle handle transfers because he sees it as a weakness at the club and he’s right about that.

If Rafa and Lee Charnley can bring in at least two or three players in January, it will help prove to Rafa that Newcastle want to support him and may lessen his disappointment at what happened in the summer.

It will also take pressure off the summer transfer window since we will not have to bring in as many players,  although Rafa will still want to unload players like Sadio Haidara, Henri Saivet, Jack Colback, and others.

It will also let the new players get bedded in at Newcastle before next season.

Lee Charnley should be working on who we can sign in January right now.

Maybe we can get Kenedy from Chelsea on loan with an option to buy and some other targets we missed out on last summer?

With Newcastle having had a decent start to the season despite all the woes of the summer, it should prove to Mike Ashley that he has a world-class manager in place.

Mike needs to realize that and start supporting Rafa Benitez, rather than treat him like he has other managers at the club since he bought Newcastle over 10 years ago.

This is a tremendous opportunity for Mike Ashley to allow Rafa to make Newcastle great again.

Hopefully, he will not screw this one up.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Aware it’s probably a waste of time posting as Ed is about to start a post frenzy … anyway

    Sutton and Kilblane are a pair of thickos

  • martoon

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Early days I know but I find it quite worrying that our most expensive signing seems to be the poorest one but Murphy is only young and hopefully will get better!

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Signing Merino permanently in January, should be a priority.

  • HarrogateMag

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Some emerging grounds for optimism- we know about Clark, Lascelles, Ritchie Haydn as solid performers but Merino is adding power and creativity, Joselu can lead the line and Gamez added forward threat and calmness on the left
    Murphy looked a bit overawed on his debut and Manquillos positioning is a worry

  • hibbit

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #5

    it’s not just the pundits that need to move on !!!!

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #6

    Mart, I think he was bought for the future, before Rafa realised just how little he had to spend. Like you say, he’s young and has time on his side. Might take him time to settle in, but from what I’ve seen of him previously he does have great potential. He’s come to a bigger club with a lot of expectation on his shoulders, so given time I’m sure he’ll come good.

  • lochinvar

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Perez is an enigma as clearly he has ability but seems reluctant to get too involved physically and when the ball is lost usually makes half hearted attempts to recover if from behind a player and not In front of him or drifts away from the position in the vain hope that the ball finds it’s way back to him in space. It’s almost as if sometimes he’s a split second off the pace of the game and if he could fix that then he can contribute so much more with jinky runs and releasing passes to team mates running ahead into space.
    Rafa needs to find a solution to fix this.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 11, 2017 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #8

    This season always was one of establishing ourselves back in the PL and building for the future. Gone are the days of coming up and taking the league by storm as we did in the early nineties. The big money has taken care of that.
    We’ve got enough to achieve that aim imo and it’s time to look forward. Don’t see the point in keeping on about the window gone. It wasn’t what we hoped for but we did bring in some good players, albeit not expensive flops like in the past.
    We’ve got a great advantage in Rafa and his staff, who are definitely PL quality and a squad of players desperate to do well for us. They all want to be here and all want to play for Rafa, Newcastle and the fans. Things certainly could be better, but without doubt they could also be a lot worse.

  • mactoon

    Sep 11, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    To be honest we have the chance to be in quite a good place by January with winnable games against Stoke, Brighton, Palace, Burnley, Bournemouth, Watford and West Brom coming up. If that happens I have no doubt Ashley will not think it necessary to buy any players during the January window.


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