Rafa Benitez is hoping that Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley will come through for him and sign four new players before the end of the transfer window.
Rafa seems to be happy with what his first team will be, but he is very keen to add some strength in depth to the squad in case of injuries during the season.
Including the pending transfer of Yoshinori Muto of Mainz later this week Newcastle have made a profit so far of around £24.5M so you cannot accuse Mike Ashley of giving Rafa much money to spend this summer.
Newcastle players training in Braga, Portugal
It’s nothing like the £40M plus what he can get from transferring players (which is currently £41M) – that was reported in the early summer.
Rafa has been given little money to spend by the owner.
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“Every position is really important.”
“You need a couple of players in each position, and if they can perform they put the pressure on the other one.”
“That is also the only way to improve the team and it’s positive for everyone.”
“To lose (Florian) Lejeune was a big loss for us.”
“To have another player (in Fabian Schar) who is another option and can show quality on the ball is good.”
“He needs to settle down quickly in the Premier League and he can be a good addition.”
It seems that Schar will get a start tonight against SC Braga in our second last preseason friendly and the second friendly in Portugal.
We play Bundesliga club FC Augsburg on Saturday at St. James’ Park and in these two games, we should get a chance to see how the lads are playing.
|Tue 17 July KO 7.45pm||St. Patrick’s Athletic |
|Richmond Park Stadium, Dublin|
|Tue 24 July KO 7.45pm||Hull City|
|KCOM Stadium, Hull|
|Sat 28 July KO 8:00pm||FC Porto|
|Estadio do Dragao, Porto|
|Wed 1 Aug KO 7:30pm||SC Braga||Estadio Municipal, Braga|
|Sat 4 Aug KO 3:00 pm||FC Augsburg||St. James’ Park, Newcastle|
The first league game is a week on Saturday at home to Spurs.