Rafa Benitez has drawn up two lists of players for the January transfer window.
And which players he goes after in January will be decided by Mike Ashley and how much of Newcastle’s money he will invest at that time.
About £19M net was spent in the summer to bring in six players – so you would have to think there is money available – it’s whether Ashley will release the funds.
Rafa Benitez must be under a lot of stress with everything that’s going on at the moment.
He doesn’t know how much money he will have in January or if and when we could have a new owner.
But the manager is very good at doing his job; he has a great work ethic and seems to love coaching players.
At least one of these gentlemen could soon be leaving Newcastle United
The Spaniard will keep his players concentrating on their jobs – playing good football in training and in the matches – and always giving 100%.
Rafa wants to have a meeting with Ashley so they can talk through what transfer funds are available to him this January.
That meeting is likely to take place quickly and Rafa can be updated on the takeover status at that time too.
This is what Rafa said as reported in the Chronicle:
“Not yet spoken about money. I think we will stay up, that’s my conviction. At the same time a good hand will help to bring someone in, and that will help too.”
“My main thing is to focus on the games.”
“We have to improve as a team to compete with the top sides, like we saw in the last games.”
“We have to maximise what we have and we have fantastic fans behind the team.”
“We had a meeting about August in May, and I am expecting that money we weren’t spending could be available.”
” Hopefully we can sit down and see exactly where we are.”
“Two or three players have been injured and we have not been missing ‘someone’, we have been missing two or three because they had been doing well.”
“The competition between players had been quite good, and to bring them back is good.”
“But at the same time, when you lose players then others can show you the level that they can reach or the potential they have.”
“It is normal, but that is the key when you talk about the squad.”
“It is not just 15 or 16 players, across the course of a season you need more players – and you need more players of the same level.”
“When you lose two or three players, you don’t want the level to drop so that you lose something, the level drops and then you start losing games.”
The transfer window opens in a short 22 days time, and presumably, negotiations can be started soon by Lee Charnley.
And an agreement may have already been reached between Amanda Staveley and Mike Ashley on the transfer funds for next month.
There could even be a loan from the consortium that Amanda Staveley has put together to eventually buy the club – to help bring in new players.
That would be good.
Wonder if Mike Ashley will be at the game today to celebrate Newcastle’s 125th birthday?
Maybe Amanda Staveley could also attend?