Benitez is now relying on Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley to bring in some additional players before next Wednesday evening.
Rafa is confident he will have at least one new player before Thursday morning.
But we are a little cautious because he was also (very) confident we could get Andros Townsend in a year ago.
But on the final day of the transfer window, they failed to bring in Andros or anybody else.
We failed to spend one penny last January.
While we are after Nicolai Jorgensen, the club are hesitating at paying out £20M for him, and fans are concerned the fairly positive news each day will go on.
But then no players other than Kenedy on loan will be signed in this transfer window.
That’s the disaster scenario, and that happened a year ago when we failed to get Andros Townsend through the door.
Can Ashley and Charnley get the job done for Rafa?
Jorgensen seems the obvious one to come in, so Rafa was asked yesterday what the current situation is with the striker.
“We will not talk about names. What I said before is what I will say now: until January 31, I have to wait and hopefully we can do what we have to do,”
“I am talking to Lee and I was talking to Mike so we have the green light. We are working on that. I have to be positive.”
“Charnley and I talk every day, two or three times at least. It depends on the day. It’s not a question of communication.”
“I was talking with Mike the other day to be sure that we could move forward, and then we are doing that.”
“I have to be positive because still we have some days left.”
“I hope and believe until January 31 that we can sign players. I have said before we need some help to be sure.”
“We gave a list of names to the Board at the beginning. We have a list and we just keep working, in different positions.”
“We need some help so that we will be fine in these positions.”
”I do not control the money. I have a list of players with different levels and different prices and that is what I am waiting for – news.”
“We have to realize the Premier League is different now to two years ago. It is clear, the prices and everything is different.”
“We have to decide if we are to compete there or not.”
“Obviously, any player is a risk, whether from the Premier League or from abroad. They need to settle down.”
“Even Kenedy, he knows the Premier League but has to look for a house, family, everyone needs some time, Some need more, some less.”
“We try to identify players abroad, we know their background and try to have as much information as we can.”
“Whether they are professional, clever enough to understand and adapt quickly – we have all this information.
“Not just me, but I think the majority of teams have to keep an eye on the other countries because the prices are high there, but not as high as they are here.”
So Ashley and Charnley do have a list of names where they can go to Rafa’s second choice if the first option is not available – or too expensive.
Why is it I don’t have too much confidence in Charnley and Ashley working together on transfers.
Eleven years of disappointment with Mike Ashley in charge is the likely answer to that question.