It had to happen one day, having to agree with something John Carver has had to say.
It doesn’t sit easy but I have to admit that in his latest (mainly ridiculous – as usual) interview, Pardew’s former assistant did get something accidentally right.
Talking about this transfer window and Newcastle United, John Carver said ‘The bulk of the money should have gone on an attacking midfielder and a striker’.
The thing is, just because it is Carver saying it, we shouldn’t simply react by impulsively disagreeing.
The thing is, I bet Rafa Benitez totally agrees and if he could have done, this is exactly how he would have moved in this window.
The big problem though is how you convince players of a certain level to move to Newcastle, then even more importantly, how Rafa could have convinced Mike Ashley to allow the necessary level of wages to be paid.
The club even blocked Rafa’s moves for free agent Willy Caballero and loan signing Tammy Abraham, due to the wages involved, so if say Newcastle had brought in a striker and attacking midfielder for £15m+ each, can you believe that Ashley would have allowed those deals to happen and wages to be paid?
Joselu has arrived for £5m and his wages no doubt will be at a certain level consistent with that transfer fee, if Newcastle had signed an experienced striker/attacking midfielder for three times as much or more, then no doubt the wages would have reflected that.
With Dwight Gayle the only goalscorer at the club and Rafa having only Perez, Diame and de Jong for the number 10 position, you can be sure that on his wish list a striker of Gayle’s ability or better and a decent number 10 were at the very top.
You can decide for yourself whether Rafa Benitez deserved to have more backing from Mike Ashley but one thing is for sure, the Newcastle manager is having to go into battle in the Premier League with a severe lack of quality/strength in key positions.
Rafa has already stated that a manager can do little without the right tools, let’s hope he is wrong on this one and he can form what he has got into a team far better than the individuals within it.
John Carver speaking to Radio 5 Live:
“I think everybody has expected Newcastle to be in a better position with regards to players coming in.
“I looked at it before the season started and I thought, how are they going to approach this season?
“Talking about a goalkeeper…we don’t need a goalkeeper, we have enough in reserve with goalkeepers.
“I thought they would have went out and bought a striker, that would have been the first priority. Strikers are the players who keep you in the league.
“It’s so important, the bulk of your money should have gone on a striker, then you can top it up with loan players.
“With his experience at the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and Liverpool, he could surely have dipped in and got three or four loan players.
“The bulk of the money should have gone on an attacking midfielder and a striker.”
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