It has been a very slow and boring transfer window so far for every Newcastle United fan.
The high of getting an immediate promotion to the English Premier League seems to be dwindling every week. The club has managed to get only one new face in and even that took weeks for it to be completed.
Although there does seem to be a glow of light at the end of the tunnel, with Norwich and England under-21 winger Jacob Murphy hopefully set to arrive.
Murphy has been loaned to six different teams in the lower divisions: Swindon town, Southend United, Blackpool, Scunthorpe United, Colchester United and Coventry City), before getting his chance last season with Norwich City.
In the Championship last season, Jacob Murphy started 32 matches (off the bench in another five) and scored 9 goals with 6 assists. Not bad statistics for a 22 year old having his breakthrough season at Championship level. He was also at the Under 21 European Championships with England and scored once in limited opportunities, starting one game and a playing sub in three others.
In the Premier League though, he can’t be a starter for any club who aspires to be in the top half of the Premier League.
If we do not want to find ourselves battling relegation in this coming season, I expect more from Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez. A manager is only as good as the players he has, except in very few cases.
We can tell ourselves that Benitez is a world class coach all we like…but the Premier League is an unforgiving league and if you do not prepare well for it (in terms of player recruitment especially) you are likely to fail.
We should also not forget, Benitez is human, just take the case of how was sacked at Real Madrid as an example.
What I am trying to say is simple; we need at least five proven Premier League standard players for us to have a leg to stand on in this coming season. After that, we can then kick-on and start setting targets.
If not, all we have worked for in the past season would go to waste and before you know it, our very own special one will be gone.
Let us hope and pray that those running this mighty club do the right thing this time around.
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