It’s history now that Rafa Benitez was not able to make any big money buys last summer.
Newcastle had been down in the Championship for a season, and we lost out on some big money from the Premier League.
We were unable to match other clubs financial prowess who had stayed up.
Those clubs were many and included such as Bournemouth, West Brom, Watford, Stoke, Swansea, Southampton, and Burnley.
Add to that the fact that owner Mike Ashley doesn’t like to spend money at the best of times and Rafa has built his team this season on chicken-feed.
Jamaal Lascelles – gets it about Newcastle
We spent just short of £20M net on players last summer, and Rafa was able to bring in three loan players in January.
Newcastle captain has nailed why Newcastle are a (very) special team as he has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette today:
“There was a lot of umming and ahhing about us not signing a lot of players.”
“But we all played in the Championship last season and a lot of these lads had played in the Premier League in the past,”
“So, for me, I knew that my team had what it takes individually and collectively to survive.”
“When we cross that white line, we all work for each other. When we do, we’re as strong as anyone.”
“Our main strength has been the fact we’ve not been like others who can buy £25M players. “We can’t do that, so we have to be stronger in other areas.”
“As a team, we’re together. “Every player gives absolutely everything when they cross the line with the shirt on their back.”
“The people in the city are so passionate about the club. I have no doubt we have the best fans in the land.”
“I do feel it. As a player, I feel like the onus is on me and us as a team to give our all.”
“They’re not asking for some crazy skill all the time. What they want is hard work.” “That’s the least we can give.”
“If results come with that, then we’re over the moon.”
Jamaal Lascelles was appointed captain by Benitez before our relegation season when he was only 22.
He certainly understands fully why Newcastle are a special team and a special club.
We hope in the final 10 games of the season we can get enough points to survive.
Then Rafa should get some sizable transfer funds in the summer to strengthen the side significantly so we are not fighting relegation in the next year or two.
Rather we will be fighting to become a top six club again.
Howay The Lads!!