Guessing most of you come from similar backgrounds to me, growing up supporting Newcastle United and playing football every day before, during, and after school, dreaming of playing one day for NUFC.
When it came to playing football with your mates, whether at school or out of it, the same ritual usually entailed.
For some it was the ultimate humiliation.
Two would be nominated and everybody else lined up against the wall, with the teams being chosen .
Taking turns, the two ‘captains’ would pick a player, from the very good, down to the good, then the decent, then the not very good, before you reached the humiliation if one of the no-hopers.
It was the fairest way and meant you usually got a pretty level playing field, ensuring two teams who were more or less of the same standard and a decent game.
Which brings us to Newcastle United and the present day.
Rafa Benitez is being asked to do the impossible.
Contrary to what Mike Ashley says, neither Rafa or the fans are expecting to compete transfer wise with Manchester City and certain other clubs.
Instead, we all simply want Newcastle United to have a go.
This summer has been a disaster and it is all down to Mike Ashley.
Rafa Benitez doesn’t choose to bring in Manquillo for £4m, Joselu for £5m and believe they are as good as what other Premier League clubs are buying.
The fact is, all of the potential signings have been lined up against the wall and the other 19 clubs have been taking their turns at picking signings, with Rafa Benitez having to sit it out.
Obviously you have certain clubs shopping at different levels and players who are unobtainable for most Premier League clubs.
However, Rafa should have been allowed to enter the game at a far higher level, where the choices of players is far beyond what he has been allowed to go for.
Sometimes the underdogs can win, sometimes money doesn’t always dictate.
Realistically though, failing to compete in the transfer market leads to almost certain failure on the pitch.
If you want to win the lottery you have to buy a ticket, even if you are only hoping to win a tenner, never mind the jackpot.
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