Rafa Benitez was not given the money he was promised by Mike Ashley in the summer which is one reason his trust of the owner is not what it was when we were promoted back to the Premier League in early May.
Rafa was not happy with what happened in the summer, and he said he was signing players he could sign rather than the players he wanted to sign.
The reason for that is he didn’t have the money, and he was forced to bring in cheaper players such as Javier Manquillo and Joselu rather than his first choice targets.
This season pundits such as Jamie Carragher have been asked what are Newcastle lacking this season – and they have said one word – “class.”
We have decent enough players, and Rafa has molded them into a team that is hard to beat and has been competitive in every game this season, although we have only won four of our 11 league games.
We’ll have to wait and see if we have new owners by January but Rafa is close to a tipping point about which transfer targets he brings in.
There was news yesterday we were after former midfield target Tom Cairney of Fulham, but he is untested in the Premier League, and some fans think we should now be going after better more proven players.
Tom is not worth £20M to Newcastle at the moment.
Rafa hopefully will be given enough money very soon so he can bring in the players he wants to have at Newcastle and not just the ones he can afford on the meager funds he is given by Mike Ashley.
That tipping point is close and maybe in January Rafa can start bringing in some of the class players we need to strengthen the squad and allow us to finish in the top half of the Premier League in May.
Then hopefully in the summer with new owners, Rafa will be given a windfall of transfer funds, and we can go all out for some top players – and challenge for a top six position next season.
That’s what Rafa wants to do – and the sooner, the better for the manager.
That would be good.