One of the problems of Mike Ashley has created by forcing Rafa Benitez to bring players in on loan (it’s cheaper) is that we could lose them at the end of the season if we don’t come with an option to buy.
And the reports are that the two loan players we have – Kenedy and Rondon – have no option to buy in their loan contracts.
So at the end of the season, we could lose both players so we are not really building a side unless we can keep loan players who perform well for us.
If they play well for us this season their transfer fees could also rise significantly.
In yesterdays’ game, the outstanding player for us was Kenedy on the left wing, who was very good especially in the second half.
Kenedy – in action against Spurs
He blotted his copybook a little bit by missing a sitter in the second half but this lad is classy, and he was a constant threat yesterday.
Some of his dribbles yesterday were sheer class – and he is so good sometimes it’s annoying he has that much skill.
He was the shining light, and he’s our Man of the Match with 47% of the vote.
Matt Ritchie set up our goal for Joselu with a fantastic cross from the right wing that Joselu headed nicely into the net.
And Matt played very well – let’s just say we are pleased to still have him at the club.
Rafa took him off surprisingly in the second half for Christian Atsu, and Matt was annoyed about that.
But he had a very good game for us yesterday,
Third in the voting was Martin Dubravka (7%) who had a few dodgy moments in the first half but kept us in the game in the second half with some good saves, and one terrific point-blank save from Sissoko.
We need Dubravka to be at his very best this season if we are to improve on last season’s 10th placed finish.
Overall, our lads did very well yesterday, but we still got nothing out of the game.