Rafa Benitez did not cut a happy figure after the game last night hen Newcastle collapsed in the second half at SC Braga and let in four goals.
SC Braga were much the better side in the second half, and our players made too many mistakes in allowing four goals.
But all is not lost this summer – well not yet anyway with 8 days still to go in this transfer window.
But it appears that once again Newcastle have failed to get the players in Rafa wanted with the latest being 21-year-old Brazilian holding midfielder Thiago Maia; his club Lille have accepted a £20M bid from West Ham.
It’s clear Rafa is worried about things going on at Newcastle – both on and off the field.
Rafa Benitez – unhappy with transfer window
This is some of what the gaffer had to say after the defeat last night.
“It was a bad game for us.”
“It’s concerning with the season 10 days away. That should be a wake-up call for everyone. If we don’t improve everything we will suffer.”
“We were poor and we made too many mistakes. We have to wake up – that’s it.”
“You see the teams that have been promoted, the money they are spending. Put it all together and you understand why the fans need to be concerned.”
“I said what I had to say on transfers two months ago, we’ll see what the next 10 days bring,”
“I have no idea (on transfers) – I have no idea how close we are to anyone.”
“Now is not a time to talk about Salomon Rondon or Gayle, it’s a time to analyze what’s gone on these last two months.”
“I said two months ago what we needed, and 10 days before the start of season we have four or five players we thought we could bring in but we haven’t – and we still are where we are.”
“We are concerned. Everyone in the dressing room was really upset with our performance.”
“And with how things are going, but we will try to change things in the next 10 days.”
Newcastle now play Bundesliga side FC Augsburg on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park and Rafa will want to see a much-improved performance than that second half last night.
For the fourth transfer window running Rafa seems to have been badly let down by owner Mike Ashley who is driving Rafa out of the club.