Some evidence today on why Rafa Benitez was so annoyed at Mike Ashley in the summer.
Alan Shearer revealed on Match of the Day last night that Rafa had two strikers all lined up to come in over the summer but the deals were then pulled at the last moment.
Rafa was left with little money available to get a striker in – and he eventually brought in Spanish striker Joselu for £5M.
The two strikers Shearer talked about were Tammy Abraham and Javier Hernandez and we know all about the Abraham saga of last summer.
We were also linked with Javier Hernandez during the summer but it was not reported we were so close to signing the player.
That would have given us two good strikers and we wouldn’t be in the position we are in today when we find it hard to score goals.
That’s apart from yesterday when we smashed in three to win 3-2 at West Ham.
Mike Ashley – caused havoc in the summer by his thriftiness
This is evidence of the havoc and chaos Mike Ashley brings to the club.
The current owner has always preferred a good-looking bank account to spending Newcastle’s money to strengthen the squad.
This is what Alan said about Rafa on BBC’s Match of the Day last night:
“He’s doing a very, very good job. It was always going to be a struggle.”
“He wanted to bring players in.” “I know he had Javier Hernandez and Tammy Abraham ready to come in.”
“Those deals were pulled at the last minute which is why, with 10 days or so to go, he had to spend £5m on Joselu to bring another body in.”
Abraham could have been a terrific loan signing for us but Hernandez has been struggling with a hamstring injury which is why he didn’t play against us yesterday.
It shows you how stubborn and unpredictable Mike Ashley is and how he is completely unsuited to be the owner of a football club.
After we put in a good performance and win yesterday at the London Stadium, hopefully, Ms. Staveley and her PCP Capital Partners Group will try to push the takeover deal through quickly and get Mike Ashley out of the club.
What do you think?