Forget about the money Rafa was not allowed to spend – that’s all Ashley’s doing – and he will drive Rafa out of the club.
But for £22M the players Rafa brought into the club we think are very good.
Dubravka and Kenedy were Newcastle stars this year in the second half of the season.
Salomon Rondon and Yoshinori Muto replace Aleksandar Mitrovic (who Rafa never played) and Dwight Gayle and that has to be an upgrade.
Kenedy listens to points Rafa Benitez is making (good)
Ki Sung-yueng could turn out be the signing of the season as a free agent – and Fabian Schar and Federico Fernandez are two quality center-backs.
So while we are furious with Mike Ashley we have a better squad than last year at this time.
What’s missing is Mike Ashley needs to allow Rafa to spend £20M or £30M or more, on players who are already top-notch to further strengthen the team.
But he won’t do that.
Here are tweets from our fans.
Alan’s right – this is now what we have to do.
#NUFC let’s get behind the players….100%…toon toon..
— alan scott (@alanscott236) August 9, 2018
Okay… We’ve made 7 signings this summer. I agree, we should have spent more, but we all know Ashley & Charnley are preventing #NUFC from growing. Rafa will do well for us again this season! #inRafawetrust
— Samuel Douglas ?? (@slduk88) August 9, 2018
— Steve Wilkinson (@SteveWilk19) August 9, 2018
Does £20m profit mean: £20m off Ashleys valuation of the club??#NUFC
— Toon Report (@ToonReport) August 9, 2018
Now that the window is closed, there’s really no point in Rafa saying anything about the shortcomings of this squad as it won’t help….
but I can say it looks a bit Second Divisionish…… a bit relegationy…. a bit, naff!
Got loads of money in the bank though ? #NUFC
— Rafferty’s Jukebox (@PercyArmsDisco) August 9, 2018
— Richard Darby (@dickyd74) August 9, 2018
At least this farcical window shows that the ‘vocal Twitter minority’ of MA apologists from a few years ago is almost gone. Most of them now see the ridiculousness of their ‘faith’. We’ll be down again under this fool sadly. #nufc #TransferDeadline
— ron (@ronwx) August 9, 2018
‘Every last penny’
Apart from those pennies saved for transfer profit eh?#Nufc
— Bad Photos At Gigs (@BadPhotosAtGigs) August 9, 2018
— daniel langley (@DanielDanlang83) August 9, 2018
— Francis Clarke (@FrancisJClarke) August 9, 2018
— Yoshi Muto ? (@GeordieSamuri) August 9, 2018
Dubravka and Kenedy were part of an #NUFC side that overperformed, were they not? Take your point about the rest but even then not necessarily their fault they went down. WBA fans were sad to see Rondon leave, Muto played for a Mainz side that continually punch above their weight
— Sean McCormick (@S_McCormick95) August 9, 2018
That window was about not finishing in the top 7. He doesn’t want European football because he has to spend to strengthen the squad. That’s why Benitez is ultimately leaving. #NUFC #IfRafaGoesWego #fatcunt
— NUFC Away (@NUFC_1987) August 9, 2018