Newcastle (Rafa Benitez) had another frustrating transfer window this summer, and it looks like we missed out in the last week on several good young players coming in.
We reportedly had a €10M bid accepted by PSG for 19-year-old PSG left-back Stanley N’Soki, but he didn’t want to come to the Premier League.
Newcastle were also reported to have agreed a deal for 20-year-old Lille left-back Hamza Mendyl, but it fell through due to work permit issues.
He signed on at Schalke last week.
Rafa Benitez – wants support and unity from fans
We also failed to bring in the 22-year-old Brazilian defender Marlon Santos of Barcelona, because of work permit difficulties.
So getting one of those players in would have been good for the squad – but again we left things to the last minute.
But we hope we can work on some possible deals and bring two or three good players in during the January transfer window – which could even be Rafa’s last at the club.
The manager has once again called on Newcastle fans to support the team like they did last season, which turned out to be a surprisingly successful season in the end – after lots of ups and downs.
Here’s what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“The fans know that they were a key part of our success last year. The unity between the players and staff and fans was there.
“When you have finished the transfer window it is a little bit unsettled. Then everything is fine.”
“You see players on the pitch and can tell if they are good players.”
“I have confidence that the support from the fans to the teams will be as good as last year.”
There will be another demonstration by the Magpie Group in Northumberland Street on Sunday afternoon before the game, demonstrating against miserly owner Mike Ashley.
We don’t know what the long-term plans are – but we hope it’s not a demonstration at each home game this season – that could start to have a negative impact.