This is the failed signing that really has me worried for Rafa and Newcastle United
This is my first contribution to The Mag, I am a fan of Newcastle United for about 20 years now and Alan Shearer was my introduction to football as a teenager in India.
Over the years I have shared many an emotion with all of you – be it excitement, joy, despair, frustration, anger and sometimes hopelessness.
However, during all these years I never lost my positivity – I always felt Rafa would stay and we would be fine and win the Championship. In fact, until yesterday I thought we would finish around 12th this season, progress from where we currently are and a platform to kick on next year.
But then I saw the news that Watford had signed Andre Gray for 18.5 million quid. This happened on the same day that Rafa vented in the most passive aggressive manner.
I am scared – I now really fear that Rafa will walk!
Not because he isn’t happy or that the potential isn’t there at Newcastle but quite simply because his ambitions don’t match that of Ashley – it’s an inconvenient marriage.
Mike Ashley wants to stay in the league whereas Rafa wants to do ‘something’ in the league which isn’t finishing 17th.
I bet Rafa is now even more livid! Gray ticks every box – 26, English, blistering pace on the break, goal scorer – I could go on. Just imagine Gray, Atsu, Aarons and Yedlin tearing it on the break.
Andre Gray is the striker Rafa wanted and he was just 18.5 million. That is chump change these days when full-backs are going for 50+.
It just goes to show what a politician Ashley is.
Sure, he’s going to give Rafa every pound the club generates but we don’t get our PL payments in till November – the coffers are dry now. So we are screwed until the January window unless we can sell Riviere, Saivet and other priceless artifacts who no one else will buy for even their reserve team because of the poisonous influence they have.
Clearly not a position a Champions League winning manager who could walk into any top club in the world wants to be in.
Again, how on earth are we not be able to outbid Watford for Gray – messrs Charnley and co. clearly don’t know how to negotiate.
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