Difficult to get away from the fact that this Newcastle United transfer window is definitely proving to be more Mike Ashley, than Rafa Benitez, so far.

Transfer deadline day is now less than five weeks away and free signing Ki Sung-Yueng is the only new face.

This isn’t what we were hoping for by this point, expecting maybe…but not hoping for.

We do all have hope (to varying degrees) though that Rafa will still win the day but that game changing signing is still proving elusive.

The thing is, I don’t think we are very far from having what looks a very good first eleven.

If the team lined up like this against Tottenham in the opening game, I would be more than happy…

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, New Signing, New Signing, New Signing

The good news, in my opinion, is that we only need three new signings to really transform things.

However, the downside is that this extra quality is needed in the positions that are most difficult, and usually most expensive, to fill.

Talk in recent days has linked us with Alassane Plea, Kenedy and Andros Townsend.

Those three would do very nicely and in my opinion, no reason why Newcastle United shouldn’t be able to finance them.

You are probably talking about £60m+ to buy the three but with Merino out the door for £10m and then close to £30m for Mitrovic and Mbemba likely to be realised, you are a long way towards helping to pay for them.

Rafa Benitez has made clear that he wants quick players who are versatile and with those three or similar, you are ticking all the boxes.

We need better quality at left wing, number 10 and centre-forward, with to me both Townsend and Kenedy capable of playing number 10 as well as on the wing.

Expectation of so many Newcastle fans have been dragged so low, they don’t even think of these as NUFC type signings. It isn’t just Mike Ashley who needs to raise his sights, supporters also need to throw off this idea of ‘we’re no longer worthy’ and believe that with some ambition Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez could be special once again.

I don’t have any problem with the club replacing £10m Mikel Merino with freebie Ki Sung-Yueng BUT only if that allows us to go for more expensive better quality options elsewhere in the team.

Rafa has built his defence and Shelvey & Diame came together to form an unlikely but dynamic midfield pair, now we just need to add that flair in front of them.

Better times ahead are more than possible but Mike Ashley needs to allow Rafa Benitez to push the button now, serious realistic bids need to go in and get the ball rolling.

The alternative is that without these better players in the forward positions, a relegation struggle is all but inevitable.

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  • Stephen

    I’m counting two fullbacks and three center half’s

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    My money is on a relegation struggle, Nufc have shown no intention whatsoever in getting any players of quality in, quite the opposite in fact.
    they replace a £10m midfield player with a squad filler not unlike last year when they signed Joselu & Manquillo.
    the money from sales will come in but the question is, will Nufc spend it.
    5 weeks to kick off, the clocks ticking.

    • MattAnt1979

      I agree with you mate.
      Ashley Out!

    • Leazes.

      I think the enthusiasm of the Rafalution has probably drained the rosiness from everyone’s cheeks.

      • Wezza

        Thats what this regime does, lowers morale and enthusiasm to zero much like his practices at Shirebrook!

        • Leazes.

          How dare he …. that’s Ryders job!

      • TheFatController

        We’ve got one more year to enjoy. Then the flags and other Rafa memorabilia will be on sale from January …

        But the Tony Pulis 2019 range will be very popular I’d imagine.

        Viva le Pulisevolution…!

        • KRS1

          He loves a baseball cap does Tony. Fatty can get him one with a nice S##ts Direct logo

    • Malcolm Robinson

      They are replacing a midfield player that hardly played and clearly not happy to be here

      • mentalman

        why did he hardly play and not want to be here

        • TheFatController

          Because Rafa’s a very naughty boy ?

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I offered you a bet, you still spout the same opinion but don’t seem to want to take the bet.

      You’ll laugh at this suggestion but it’s as if you don’t believe a word of what you type.

      • TheNutJob

        he can`t see you blobbi he blocked you
        😂😂😂😂

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I wonder why? He hadnt blocked me until I offered a bet against his word.

      • TheNutJob

        i`ll take a bet with you, £500 says Newcastle will have a net spend not exceeding £25m. after all that`s the price of 1 French striker
        and you`re always shouting the odds for Fatty

        • Wezza

          Remember, the Lee brothers never pay out.

        • Megatron1505

          Yeh, come on Bobby put your money where your mouth is 😂

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Nope, I reckon a sensible budget is no more than £25m + wages, ideally a bit lower to allow something in January.

          • Coble’s Return

            Invest properly now and January spend should not be necessary.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Brave move though.

    • Wor Lass

      I reckon Ki`ll turn out to be a good signing. Merino`s a good young prospect but he played very little in Germany due partly to injuries and seems to be a bit of a sick note. We should have quite a bit of money coming in but – as ever – we`re all expecting Penfold`s dithering under instruction to scupper any big money signings. I don`t think Rafa will be here in a year`s time – hope I`m wrong.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I`m not saying he`s a bad player, what i`m saying is we sell a player and time & time again he`s replaced with a cheap option or a feebie
        there is no going forward

  • Leazes.

    I think there was a reason that Rafa put up his instagram account yesterday….. it was to show he’s still at home in the Wirral and playing no part in the annual Charnley fiasco!

    Absolving himself of the blame for the squad he’s going to be landed with, or lack of squad as the case may be. As far as I know the club has jettisoned 26 youth and squad and first team players so there is a long way to go with no whoops of joy yet from Ryder and Co.

    Released

    Yannick Aziakonou, Kyle Cameron, Yasin Elmahanni, Stuart Findlay, Owen Gallacher, Jesus Gamez, Macauley Gillesphey, Alex Gilliead, Curtis Good, Massadio Haidara, Mackenzie Heaney, Tom Heardman, Jack Hunter, Benjamin Kitchen, Oliver Long, Lewis McNall, Brendan Pearson, Callum Smith, Liam Smith, Craig Spooner, Daniel Ward, Callum Williams, Paul Woolston.

    Sales pending: Merino, Mbeba, Mitrovic

    And Possible sales: Ritchie, Gayle, (that would be 28)

    I would expect some incoming names, why is Rafa still walking his dogs?

    • Wezza

      I’m just it’s wondering if Rafa is actually on holiday then these names popping up were certainly PR propaganda to renew season tickets. I say it again and again this regime is rotten to the core! Staggering.

      • Leazes.

        He’s at Casa Benitez in the Wirral, a house about the size of the Grand Hotel Tynemouth and he’s walking his three gorgeous dogs

        • Peaky

          Been past it Leazes,West Kirby,it is literally a castle….can’t see much from the road but it’s on google maps….nice part of the uk The Wirral.

          • Leazes.

            Have a look on google, its got views out to sea and surrounded by woods, each of his dogs must have their own room and servants.

          • Peaky

            The beach there is beautiful…it’s one of those estuary types where once the tide comes in you’ve got to run like hell to get back in…I wonder if his dogs bark in English,Spanish,Spanglish or Scouse ???

          • Leazes.

            Like Morecambe bay … not too keen I had a bad experience with quicksand at Weston Super Mare… you sink into the silt and come out yuk….. I wondered what all of the taps were for along the promenade there….

          • Reggae86

            It is a nice beach ,and you’re dead right. You can walk to Hilbre Island at low tide, but misjudge time or route and you’re in trouble

          • Peaky

            That’s the name of the island,cheers.The last time I was there they were doing the front all up where the cafe/toilets are opposite Morrison’s….love it around there.

          • Coble’s Return

            Bit too near to Tranmere for my liking. Had a bad experience there in Keegan’s promotion year. The away end was sold out so ended up with the home fans. Can’t even put their attitude down to the 0-3 spanking – they were bloody awful from the start. Got hooked out by the stewards in the end and have never been so glad to leave a match early.

          • Peaky

            Bloody posh scousers eh…(is there such a thing ???)….😂😂

        • Reggae86

          Funny you should say that. His house was originally intended as a hotel, but that area of Caldy is residential only and it was rejected. Also ,bizarrely, it’s called Lindisfarne.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    Good article and I like your logic and positivity. The problem is, as these signings haven’t happened yet, they are in doubt. The bottom line is, we need all 3 and with any injuries, we are screwed. Fingers crossed that another relegation fight can be avoided.

    • Leazes.

      I doubt it… if Rafa is winding down his contract then it’ll have an effect right throughout the club, the players, and the fans….. last season with Kenedy we only just secured safety (tenth was fortunate) we were still candidates for the drop with a month to go….we were one key injury from relegation, and this season so far we are weaker.

  • mentalman

    if we go in against spurs with the team you suggested we will go into the season with a defensively weak right hand side.

    I’m not sure what Kenedy has shown to make you think he could play as no10.

    • Leazes.

      We can always park the bus…. I’m giving next seasons tactic away.

      • FatParosite

        It would have to be two 18 wheeled trucks. Don’t worry we can loan them off the fat lad they will come with branding already on.

  • Jeffrey Arthur

    You’re very logic and truthful on what you said. Spot on! Cheers mate!! HWTL!!!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    No Perez whose goals not only kept us up but got us to tenth we must have a good squad.

    • TheNutJob

      course we have, i expect Rafa to sign a new 10 year contact very soon

      • Wezza

        Yeah me too because after all Rafa can have every penny! Why wouldn’t he not re-sign!

  • TheNutJob

    nee signings or rumours of £25m players coming in, not to worry there`s 5 weeks for Rafael to prepare the boys for another relegation battle, could be worse Pards could be in charge.

  • Billmag

    Oh my God you wake up on a Friday pension day full of beans then you read some poster’s on the Mag and suddenly you feel like cutting your throat, some repeat the same old jargon try changing the record it’s probably the best summer we have had for a very long time, the national team is in the quarter finals of the World Cup it’s good to be alive until you read some of the 💩 on hear.

    • TheNutJob

      there`s only 1 guy that`s to blame for that.

      • Billmag

        So what can we do about it Nutty all ranting and raving about the fat scumbag will always just send the blood pressure up, it’s fruitless really.

      • Leazes.

        Ryder

  • mactoon

    Don’t forget the possibility of the Ritchie sale being agreed and a big offer for Lascelles. Then we’re in big trouble if replacements and additions aren’t recruited.

  • TheFatController

    Is there any other business in the world where the fact that the most important, influential person at the business is leaving in a year is treated like the big elephant in the room?

    In most big businesses, you have a 6 month notice period usually. Rafa thus has only 10 months of football management left with us. He’s serving his notice, effectively.

    So. Rafa leaves in a year. Think about the consequences.

    Puts this transfer window on into a little more perspective, I find.

  • Chuck D

    From the Telegraph:

    Tottenham Hotspur have entered
    the race to land Nice striker Alassane Plea after Newcastle United failed to move quickly enough to complete the signing as they haggled over the price.

    Textbook

    • TheFatController

      Swings and roundabouts though. We left Spurs crunching the numbers whereas we just threw money at stoke for Joselu.

    • Leazes.

      That’ll be Kane’s replacement then?

      • Paul Patterson

        Kane will be unbuyable by August . .

        • Wezza

          If a 100M offer came in for Kane do you think they would cash in? They had a rebuild after Bale’s sale and got a bit lucky with Kane coming through, sell him and they’d be backwards again…
          But I won’t be complaining if he isn’t at Spurs for our opener!

  • Weyhhadaway

    Ba was the last good center forward we signed, how may years ago? Remi was a loaner. The above article just reminds us, as they do on a daily basis that we need two center forwards and a couple of good attacking midfielders.

    As far as having something to report I have sympathy for the hacks. This club tell you nothing, how can you expect a local journalist to find leads when the decisions are made in a curry house in Berkshire by a very small group of people?

  • 1957

    SloMo is a shoo in for a lot of supporters for his end of season performances but Perez, despite scoring goals and performing well at the end of the season, is too be replaced by one of two wingers or a deep lying forward in this scenario.

    For me the only two ‘irreplaceables’ in the squad are the goalkeeper and the captain.