Newcastle drew 2-2 last night at the KCOM Stadium against Championship side Hull City last night.
We went ahead with a first-half goal from Joselu as he proved to Newcastle fans he is able to score goals.
And then after going 2-1 behind, we managed to equalize with a late goal from Perez to force a 2-2 draw on the night with Rafa starting three U23 players.
And the bad news was that Florian Lejeune picked up a knee injury.
But it’s clear Rafa needs more players in, and he’s reported to be in a standoff with owner Mike Ashley who again doesn’t want to spend much of the club’s money.
Joselu and Rafa Benitez talk on the touchline last night
After the game, Rafa has again lamented the squad is simply not good enough:
“Is the current squad good enough for what we need? I don’t think so.”
“It needs additions, that is clear. It is clear what we have to do.”
“I am speaking with Lee Charnley every day, but not with Ashley.”
“Normally, during the year, I do not speak with him too much. In this case, I talk with Lee Charnley every day.”
“The main thing is to do what we have to do – I do not have to speak to Mike.”
This is almost a repeat of last summer when Rafa had to plead with the Newcastle hierarchy, but he still didn’t get the players in he wanted.
Mike Ashley is proving clearly that he has no ambition for Newcastle other than to spend as little money as possible to keep the club a Premier League side.
That’s not what Rafa wants – he wants to build a top team on Tyneside – but will be unable to do that with Mike Ashley controlling the purse strings.
This is proving to be another disastrous transfer window, and we wonder if Rafa doesn’t get the players in for the fourth successive transfer window running if he will walk out on the club.
We don’t think so, but he is being treated with little respect by the higher-ups at Newcastle – who are killing this club.
Mr. Benitez will most likely see out the final year of his contract and be on his way to a much more ambitious club.
That’s the least he deserves.