Rafa Benitez has been interviewed and asked how many players he thinks he needs in next month’s transfer window.
He thinks he needs three or four players, but it really depends on which players are available who can help Newcastle in the second half of the season.
If some players are available, Newcastle could go after them, and Rafa is hoping the players will be brought in during the first two or three weeks of January.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline at West Ham
That could be difficult with there still being some uncertainty about the transfer funds Rafa will have available next month.
Rafa was asked if his oft-repeated statement “we have what we have” could be taken as a negative by some of his players:
“People can say ‘oh, it affects the confidence of the players’, but the players they know.”
“So if you play against teams – you can see the quality and the size of those players.”
“They see and they know and understand that what we need to do is bring in players in order to compete and be better.”
“If you are the right-full-back, you want strikers, you want midfielders and you want wingers.”
“If you are the left-full-back, you want a right-full-back. If you are a striker, you want midfielders.”
“Everybody knows that we need players, but nobody wants it to be a player in his position.”
“But they all understand that we need players, then we can be better and win more games together.”
“We just need to be sure that in three or four positions we can strengthen.”
“And if we can bring someone who can bring us something different – something that we don’t have – then that’ll be positive for the team.”
There’s news today that Everton may have agreed a deal to buy Cenk Tosun of Besiktas next month so it looks like we may have missed out on that particular striker target.
But it was always going to be unlikely we could bring Tosun to Tyneside given the number of big clubs after him.
We’d be happy enough if we can get Islam Slimani from Leicester and one more striker next month – maybe Danny Ings of Liverpool.
What do you think?