We have three players who have joined Newcastle so far this summer, Kenedy on loan for the season, free agent Ki Sung-yuen in place of the departed Mikel Merino and star goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who signed for just £4M.
Newcastle (Mike Ashley) still seem to back off when a player gets over £20M.
And it doesn’t help our fans that Fulham have just paid a record £25M for Ivory Coast international Jean Michael Seri.
So Fulham (and also newly promoted Wolves) are more ambitious than Newcastle now?
Rafa Benitez – has seemed upbeat this preseason
Fulham are presumably in the same position as Newcastle were last year when we were just promoted so how can they afford those players if Newcastle couldn’t?
Rafa Benitez was asked in the Chronicle if signing a striker was still the priority this summer:
“There are some positions we have to improve, not just a striker.”
“We have to sign two or three more offensive players, and also we need a back up in defense, or to improve the defense a little bit.”
“We have plenty of work still to do.” The point is not how many signings we have done,”
“We have to improve the team, and that means to improve the squad. At the moment, we have the same players, more or less, that we had before.”
“We are in the starting position again.”
There has not been too much going on these last few days after we had the excellent news that Kenedy joined us on loan for the season.
That loan signing buoyed the Newcastle fan base, but now we need maybe another three or four good players brought in.
Rafa can now start the team next season that did so well for us this year with Dubravka in goal and Kenedy on the left wing.
But Rafa wants some additional quality up front, and a fullback brought in.
The transfer window closes three weeks come Thursday so there’s not a lot of time left – especially when Newcastle take so long to sign a player.