Rafa Benitez has again addressed the transfer window and how Mike Ashley once again refused to spend any real money in the summer transfer window which is now closed.
We made a profit of £20M this summer, and Rafa takes the example of how he signed Joselu last year for £5M, but when you get a striker for £5M you also get the skills of a striker who costs £5M.
So maybe it’s not surprising the Spaniard only scored 4 goals last year although he did get off to a good start this season scoring after 18 minutes against Spurs.
Good for him.
Rafa has been criticized by some pundits this summer for complaining too much about Newcastle not getting the players signed that he wanted – and that was for the second summer running.
Pundits like Sam Allardyce, Richard Keys, Andy Gray, and Dennis Wise have stuck the dagger in and criticized Rafa in recent weeks.
Rafa Benitez – we have long-term issues at Newcastle
That’s what they tend to do to make the news and get noticed.
This is how Benitez has responded to that criticism as reported in the Chronicle today:
“It’s very simple if you want a striker that can score 25 goals and they’ll have to be quick, good in the air and have good mobility – you have to pay £50M.
“So we signed a player who we liked (Joselu) because he could give us competition up front.”
“The problem that we have at Newcastle United is that it is a long-term issue.”
“To fix this issue you have to spend big money.” “If not you have to be really lucky with the players you bring in.”
“Always when signing players you have to find the balance between experience and those who have to perform right now.”
“You have players that have time and you have to give them it.” “I’ll give a name – Isaac Hayden.”
“We bought a young player that could develop and grow then be an important player for us.”
“He is an important player for us, but he still has plenty of room for improvement.”
“It’s not like you try a player who is 30 and they can’t do it.”
“Sometimes you need players to give young players confidence and they need time to grow and improve.”
“When you try to create a squad that is strong enough for the future too you have to find this balance. That has been our idea.”
“Rondon has experience in the Premier League.” “Muto has experience out of the Premier League but both players can give us something different.”
“Rondon has mobility and is strong.” “He can head the ball and bring players into this game.”
“We were looking for mobility from a big man and we have that now.”
“We now have Joselu and him competing for this position. And we have Ayoze competing with Muto.”
“Muto is more dynamic and has more mobility.”
Excellent comments there from Rafa, aimed at an owner who doesn’t like to spend big money on players.
Rafa needs some significant funds to spend in a transfer window to get some top players in, and he hasn’t been given that in any one of the five transfer windows he’s had to suffer through under owner Mike Ashley.
As Rafa says – it’s a long-term issue at Newcastle that only big money will solve.
And we don’t think that can be solved as long as Mike Ashley is the owner of Newcastle.
What do you think?