TV pundits Dean Saunders and Glenn Hoddle both think that Newcastle manager Benitez will already be planning in his own mind for the upcoming January transfer window.
Rafa will be thinking of how he can further improve his squad at Newcastle, given how the lads perform through the end of this year.
So far we are doing very well – thank you very much.
There will still be half a season left for the team in January, and each place in the Premier League looks to be worth around £2.5M if you look at the payouts made last May.
Rafa was disappointed with the summer transfer window, so hopefully, Managing Director Lee Charnley is already working on bringing in some new players in January.
Lee Charnley – hopefully – already working on January transfers
Dean Sanders is a former coach under Graeme Souness at Newcastle, and he had this to say today about Newcastle:
“What a club it is when winning. You can’t play for a better club when it is winning.”
“But knowing Rafa, he’ll be thinking ‘I hope the Board don’t think that’s me done and that we’ve got enough.”
“We still need players – we’re papering over the cracks at the moment.“
Glenn Hoddle, the fomer England manager, thinks that Rafa will already have told the Newcastle Board – make that Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley – that we still need new players brought in during the January transfer window.
This is what Glenn Hoddle had to say :
“I think he would have done that as soon as the window shut, even before this nice little run.”
“He would have been saying ‘hey, whatever happens, don’t think I’m satisfied with this, these are the players I want and let’s go and build this squad.”
“I think what’s he’s done, is that he’s got a good dressing room. I think there’s been a question mark about the dressing room in there.”
“He’s got a young captain, who is leading by example, but he’s got good pro’s in there now.”
“I think they went through a few years where it was a little bit disruptive behind the scenes; that’s very difficult for any manager if you’ve got that disruption.”
“But I think they’re all on the same wave length now.” “They’ve got that passion up there and they’re living off that passion from the crowd.”
“There was a time when I think they went out on the pitch there a little apprehensive and now they can’t wait to go out in front of that crowd.”
“When you play like that as a football team, that’s the formula and chemistry you want.”
Rafa didn’t seem to get the support from the Newcastle Board he wanted last summer.
So we hope he gets that in January and we will then do a lot better in the Premier League.
That’s if Ashley really goes out of his way and fully supports his manager.