Jermaine Jenas “Newcastle shouldn’t be spending the same amount of money as Huddersfield”
Jermaine Jenas thinks that Newcastle United should be spending far more than Huddersfield Town this summer.
So far Newcastle have spent around £34m and Huddersfield £39m, however it is even worse than that, as Huddersfield have a net spend of over £38m after selling a couple of players for nominal fees, whereas the net spend for Newcastle is little over half of what Wagner’s side have done, NUFC clawing back in around £13m (Thauvin, Mbabu, Murphy) to give a net spend of around £21m.
Jermaine Jenas points to the fact that Newcastle’ crowds are more than twice as big and that the overall revenue are far higher than Huddersfield’s, which should then equal a far bigger investment in players.
Mike Ashley has infamously offered ‘every penny’ but the reality is of him leaving Rafa Benitez shopping in the bargain bins for new players. The £5m for Stoke’s unwanted Joselu a case in point, a striker who has never scored double figures in a season in any top tier.
The positive for Jermaine Jenas though is that he doesn’t think the Newcastle squad is ‘that far away’ from what is needed, with simply a desperate need for one or two players who can add goals.
Jermaine Jenas speaking on MOTD 2:
“Newcastle shouldn’t be spending the same amount of money as Huddersfield.
“They have fifty two thousand fans every home match, their revenue far surpasses what Huddersfield get, therefore it should be reinvested.
“Mike Ashley says he will reinvest ‘every penny’…
“Rafa Benitez looks unhappy on the basis that he feels he needs one or two more players.
“From Huddersfield’s perspective, they have the players, the management, the fans, all onside.
“You look at Newcastle on the flipside – problems with signings, rumours of Rafa Benitez not being happy with the squad – that is negativity.
“So brilliant to see what Huddersfield are bringing to the table.
“When I look at the Newcastle squad, I don’t think they are that far away. I think they need goals more than anything.
“So I think that is an area of his squad where Rafa is not entirely happy.
“You look at Huddersfield for example, I feel that that manager has been given everything that he wanted and that’s why he is so positive.
“Whereas with Rafa, it is a bit like ‘I have given you a list and you have not really delivered what I wanted, even though the money is there’.”
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