There is a report put out in the Mirror today that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has told the upper management at Newcastle, that he needs some quality players brought into the team in January if we are to avoid another fight against relegation.
But there are no quotes from Rafa in the report but after we were obviously outclassed after the first 30 minutes at Old Trafford last night that’s what Rafa could be saying.
He’s at least thinking that – along with some of the Newcastle fans.
Rafa didn’t get the class of players he wanted in the summer and was annoyed about it.
But it’s getting clear that while Rafa has done very well with the players he has, there is only so far you can go without bringing in some top players.
He has the team well organized but top teams like the Red Devils can work us out after a while – and that’s basically what happened in the game yesterday.
We’ll not play Manchester United every week, and it’s the teams like Watford at home next Saturday that are the teams we have to beat.
Rafa Benitez on the touchline yesterday
But Rafa also wants to build Newcastle into a top team – which is why he decided to stay at the club when we were relegated last year.
It would be a tragedy if Newcastle get relegated this year, and we don’t think that will happen.
And it would also be more difficult for Mike Ashley to sell the club – if that’s what he really wants to do.
But we need players brought in during January to help Rafa keep us in the Premier League.
And if it’s still Mike Ashley in charge he will be playing with fire if he doesn’t back Rafa – which he hasn’t done in the last two transfer windows.
We can still pick up wins if we are solid and play well – but not many of those will be against the top six clubs in the league.
This is also a message to the potential new owners of Newcastle – that if they buy the club before January, they will need to give Rafa some real money to spend at the turn of the year to strengthen the squad with a number of class players.
That’s what’s missing with the Newcastle side this season – it’s called class.