Garth Crooks has previously made his feelings well known about the situation at Newcastle United.
The BBC Sport pundit strongly criticising Mike Ashley for failing to back Rafa Benitez.
Garth Crooks pointing out how lucky Ashley is to have him as manager, even claiming that Rafa is such a top boss, he could even win the Premier League if ever getting the full support he needs from the club’s owner – whoever that may be.
Obviously instead we are in a position where Ashley has badly let down Rafa Benitez in the last two transfer windows and 22 days into the current one, he has failed to back his manager with a single signing so far.
In his Premier League team of the week, Garth Crooks selected Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero but he was more interested in talking about the dismal situation Rafa Benitez finds himself in under Mike Ashley.
Crooks says that Newcastle are ‘Performing miracles on the pitch under Rafael Benitez but need reinforcements badly.’
The BBC pundit says that whether Mike Ashley decides to sell Newcastle in the future or not, he would be a fool if he doesn’t this month give some belated assistance to a ‘Fantastic manager, a willing group of players and fanatical support.’
Great stuff from Garth Crooks and now we wait and see whether Mike Ashley takes arguably his biggest gamble ever in the next nine days and fails to help his manager and squad.
On past performance you wouldn’t count on it happening, even though Rafa Benitez has revealed that yet again Ashley’s now given him promises that signings will be made in the coming days.
“Against a stubborn but nevertheless inferior Newcastle, the Argentina international got his second hat-trick of the season with some deadly finishing.
“The Magpies are performing miracles on the pitch under Rafael Benitez but need reinforcements badly.
“Whether owner Mike Ashley decides to sell or keep Newcastle United will ultimately be his choice, but what he does have at the moment is a fantastic manager, a willing group of players and fanatical support.
“Are you telling me that is not worth investing in?”
Garth Crooks also chose Kevin de Bruyne in his Premier League team of the week:
“I know we have the toughest league in the world, and all the best players want to make it here, but we must look after the talent.
“I shouldn’t have worried. Against Newcastle, De Bruyne was back to controlling matters in the middle of the park again.”