If we just forget about the shenanigans and lack of financial support for Rafa Benitez this summer from the owner Mike Ashley and look at the seven players we brought in – we think the squad has been strengthened.
Rafa has brought in older more experienced players (average age 27) which is one of the things the team lacked last season.
We are strong in the goalkeeping department, central defense, and central midfield and hopefully up front with our strikers.
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The seven players brought in are Martin Dubravka, Robert Kenedy, Ki Sung-yueng, Fabian Schar, Yoshinori Muto, Salomon Rondon and Federico Fernandes – all for a gross outlay of about £22.5M.
But if it wasn’t already abundantly clear that Mike Ashley is wrecking the club and specifically the opportunity we have of tying Rafa Benitez down to a long-term contract – it is now.
We are not sure what Ashley’s been thinking, but he’s stubborn and seems to have ended any chance of selling the club by asking for £400M.
It means nobody will come in and pay that much so he can say for the third time he tried to sell the club.
His antics also mean that Rafa is unlikely to stay past next summer.
If Rafa does leave so will Mike Ashley because fans will never forgive him for wrecking such a huge opportunity to be a top team again under Mr. Benitez.
We expect Rafa to ask for unity today at his press conference for the Spurs home game tomorrow.
It’s not clear whether he will want to talk about his frustrations with Ashley in the transfer market this summer – maybe not.
Let’s support Rafa, the staff, and the players this season as everybody did last term, and we could surprise ourselves again.
Howay The Lads!!