There are only 9 days left in this transfer window, and Newcastle still haven’t bought any players to improve the quality of the side.
That’s what Rafa Benitez wanted to do, and he wanted to do it early in January.
But for some unknown reason, Mike Ashley delayed his decision on whether to invest in new players and last week seemingly went all in to do just that.
He told Rafa to go after the players he needs to keep Newcastle in the Premier League, and Rafa has given the owner what seems to be detailed information on each player he wants.
Rafa Benitez – on the touchline on Saturday
Both Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley are now dealing with the transfers and the last time Ashley was involved five years ago, he managed to bring four French players in during one week in late January 2013.
They had to pay agent fees to ensure they got their men and it will be the same this January.
Rafa Benitez is hopeful, but he also knows it’s late; he had this to say to the Chronicle:
“It is going to be a very important week for us. We have been working very hard to make sure we have the names who can help the team to stay up.”
“We have the names, we gave a list to the owner. Now, it is just a case of waiting to see if we can do what we have to do.”
“They know the names. They know what they have to do, and it doesn’t matter if it is loans or permanent signings, we need the bodies to give the team the ability to manage.”
“This team was in the Championship and got promoted, and we don’t have much experience of the Premier League.”
“We need players with quality who can give us something different or experience. We will see how many we can get.”
“I expect someone, but we will see. I don’t know how many we can get, it is a little bit late now.”
“If they have experience in the Premier League, it will be easier for us.”
“But if not, they have to have different characteristics and give us something that we don’t have at the moment.”
Rafa wants four players brought in before a week on Wednesday when we play Burnley at home, and we hope he can get them.
If nobody arrives then Mike Ashley is going to take some heat for endangering Newcastle to another possible and unnecessary relegation.
He does this, and he wants to sell the club?