Ian Wright verdict on Newcastle United for the new season
Ian Wright has positives and negatives for Newcastle fans.
The big negative is that he doesn’t think Newcastle United are strong enough with the players they have got at the moment.
The fact that Mike Ashley hasn’t properly backed his manager in the transfer market has actually put Rafa Benitez in a ‘great position’ according to Wright.
The former Arsenal striker basically saying that because he hasn’t been allowed to buy the level of players he needs/wants, Rafa can’t be blamed if everything goes pear-shaped.
The big positive for Ian Wright is that he does still ‘believe Newcastle have the capability of attracting players’ and that as it did under Sir Bobby and Kevin Keegan, ‘once it gets going up at St James Park it is pretty awesome‘.
A net transfer spend of only around £17m this summer has crippled Rafa’s plans so far, especially disappointing considering that last season he generated a £40m transfer surplus for the club AND got promotion as champions.
To see Huddersfield showing more ambition so far with a net spend of around double what Newcastle’s has been, is difficult to accept as fans, never mind what Rafa must be feeling.
Ian Wright speaking to Sky Sports
“I don’t think Newcastle are strong enough to perform well at the moment.
“I think Rafa Benitez is in a great position…
“He has said: ‘OK, I will deal with what I have got’ – if it is not going well going into Christmas it will then start getting restless and it will go back to what it was before.
“If Newcastle had the money and had the right people, they could attract players, because once it gets going up at St James Park it is pretty awesome.
“We know that players might want to move on after that but I do believe Newcastle have the capability of attracting players.”
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