Rafa Benitez is having a tough time trying to get new players into the club during this January transfer window.
Newcastle have had an agreement since last summer to bring in left-sided Brazilian midfielder Kenedy from Chelsea on loan, and the 21-year-old is keen to come to Newcastle to get some playing time.
But Italian manager Antonio Conte continues to drag his feet on this and Newcastle will not know until next week whether the deal will be allowed to go through.
It looks like this could end up like it did in the summer when we waited until the very last day of the window and Conte said the deal couldn’t be done.
Bu Rafa has made it clear to the owner Mike Ashley the team has to be reinforced if we are to stay competitive and remain in the Premier League this season.
Kenedy – Rafa wants him in on loan
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“For me it is obvious, Mike Ashley knows he has to improve the team so that we have the quality which allows us to stay in Premier League.”
“I have made it clear that we need some help.” “We need to strengthen certain positions.
“I have made clear what we have to do now regardless of any takeover, without thinking about what may or may not happen in the future.”
“We still have some weeks to go and have to keep working and try to do our best.”
“The point is that I want to do the best for the team.”
“Can I change the transfer window talking with you here? No.”
“We have through until the 31st of January and I am confident that we will do what we have to do; I have to wait and see if we can do that.”
“We have to work with the names that we have and we have to try and do our best in the conditions we are working in.”
“I thought that we could sign a player this week but we couldn’t do it.”
We could do ourselves a lot of good today if we can get a home win against bottom club Swansea.
Fans seem confident we can do just that – let’s hope they are right.
Howay The Lads!!