Like most of you, Newcastle United is never far from my thoughts.
I did kid myself I could switch off for the duration of the World Cup but even when watching the matches, which I am really enjoying, I still can’t help wondering whether that Iranian left-back could do a job for NUFC.
Each day I check, just in case, as to whether we are supposedly close to signing anybody.
Obviously it hasn’t been the most active transfer window so far and it is hard to know what to think.
I am always interested in reading the views from fans on The Mag, even if I don’t always agree with what people are saying.
I always fancied writing something myself and now I have got over the line, I thought I’d give you my thoughts on the transfer window.
First of all, I have to say I am definitely amongst those Newcastle supporters who would usually be regarded as more optimistic than the rest.
Even when a couple of goals down with five minutes left, I will still be shouting and encouraging the players – believing we can still get something, as many season ticket holders around me in the East Stand are heading towards the exits.
I find it easier to deal with the trials and tribulations of following Newcastle United doing it this way, believing something good could happen at any moment. Definitely better anyway, than those who get trapped in almost willing something bad to happen, just so their negativity/misery can be proved to have been well-placed.
However, I have to say, this current transfer window is trying even my patience.
It was an excellent article by Dean Wilkins on The Mag this morning that really grabbed my attention, pointing out Rafa’s total silence this summer is very much like summer 2017 when he eventually went public with Ashley letting him down and breaking ‘promises’ on transfer. As that article pointed out, transfers took a while to get going in summer 2016 but we did have Rafa keep telling us in the media that there was no cause to worry and transfers being worked on.
Despite me being a born optimist, I am finding it very very difficult to have good thoughts about Newcastle United.
After his frustrations of the last three windows, if Rafa Benitez had half decent transfer cash to spend this summer then surely he would have had early transfer targets lined up and already signed and sealed.
Why would he be waiting and signing nobody so far, it just doesn’t make sense.
The thought that we are waiting on targets with the intention of then outbidding other Premier League clubs, is just something I can’t imagine.
The media say time and again how much preparation work Rafa does and how meticulous he is, so I have no doubt he would have been ready and waiting to pounce quickly on transfer targets.
It is 10 or 11 weeks since fans and manager knew we would be in the Premier League next season, so you have to think that from that point, all Benitez was thinking of, was how to make the team/squad better.
The players are back for pre-season in 11 days time and then shortly after that will be away for pre-season training camp and team-bonding in Ireland, 100% he would have wanted three or four new players minimum by that point surely.
Even though we have got a shockingly bad fixture list in August and September, if we had already banked a few decent signings I would already be thinking bring on Tottenham and the rest. The way things stand now though, I am actually dreading it.
Even as a born optimist, I knew last season we massively carried our luck in that February/March run of form, Kenedy making a big difference as well, a player who could hurt the opposition and always trying to run at them and make something happen. Newcastle had looked very ponderous and predictable up until the Brazilian came in.
I haven’t given up and I do think only a better quality striker, along with at least a number 10 and/or left winger, would get my spirits bubbling away once again.
I would say I am currently living on a knife edge, when it comes to myself and my usual optimism about Newcastle United.
Even one credible ambitious signing would convince many of us that things are going to be still ok.
We know we won’t be getting surefire superstars but the minimum we do need is some signings that give us hope.