Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has been slow thus far in the transfer market, with a lot of speculation and not a lot of action from the former Real Madrid manager.
Newcastle fans here in The Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly concerned that their lack of transfer activity could be a recurring theme throughout the entire window, and that the board’s insistence that Rafa must sell before he can buy will come back to haunt them at the end of the campaign. Our landlord caught up with Magpies fans over a couple of pints to discuss the club’s tricky situation, with many blaming owner Mike Ashley for holding up a potential sale to a consortium headed by Amanda Staveley. Fans are well aware that new signings are needed, and their chat centred around who should be moved on this month in order to provide the cash Benitez needs to make changes to his squad.
Several squad players were mentioned, but our landlord cannot help but feel that the club should cash in on midfielder, Jonjo Shelvey. The former Liverpool man has been appalling this season, with his form way below the expected standard of a regular Premier League starter. In his twelve league starts the player has also received two red cards, and it can’t help but be suggested that Shelvey has become nothing more than a liability in this Newcastle side. With West Ham reportedly interested in the player, if Rafa can get £20 million for him he should deliver the Charlton academy graduate to David Moyes at The London Stadium himself, with the car journey home giving the Spaniard plenty of time to weigh up where he can spend his newfound windfall. If a serious offer materialises, Newcastle simply have to take the money.
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