Rafa Benitez is currently sending deft messages to Mike Ashley, and one of them is that other clubs in the Premier League over this last year have spent a lot more than Newcastle in the transfer market.
Clubs below us in the table like Watford, Bournemouth, West Brom, Swansea, and West Ham spent more than us last summer as did Everton, Leicester City, and Burnley in the three places above us.
And the top six clubs are in a world of their own as far as spending money goes.
Rafa Benitez – deft communication with the owner
That’s one reason Newcastle being 10th in the league currently is an outstanding achievement by the manager and his players.
Benitez has said this in the Chronicle today:
“The teams that were already in the Premier League had a massive advantage.”
“They had the TV money and were able to spend on players last summer who could make the difference.”
“We were not able to spend £25M on one player. Teams like AFC Bournemouth were able to spend £20M on a defender!”
“They were able to spend when they already had a team that was doing fine in the Premier League.”
“Huddersfield, Brighton, and ourselves will have made a massive achievement just to stay up.”
“That’s because we have been competing against teams that have already settled down and had the advantage over teams in the last few years.”
“When I said 40 points and we were on 35 points people told me we were already safe.”
“At 38 I thought we were nearly there. At 41 I was convinced.”
“We have to think everything is fine now and it has been a successful season. Credit to the players, staff, and everyone in the city because it was a great achievement.”
“It is not easy to finish even 12th. But if you can finish eighth or ninth it looks much better.”
“Even if we’d finished 17th it would have been a great achievement but we want to do better.”
“It’s not a big difference now we just have to enjoy the situation.”
“I want to stay focused on the next games but it is important to know the ambition of the club and make sure we are on the same page.”
“I am waiting to know exactly what the club are thinking.”
We are hoping Rafa can have the meeting with Ashley and Charley quite soon – maybe early next week in Newcastle after the home game against West Brom.
We should know then what Mike Ashley plans to do – whether he will fully support Rafa this summer in the transfer market and whether he still plans to sell the club.
We hope the answers to both those two question are in the affirmative.
What do you think?