Newcastle United

Benitez transfer decision could equal Mike Ashley in stupidity

The Toon Army in the Transfer Tavern are growing increasingly frustrated with their sides dismal run of form in recent weeks. 

After making a highly accomplished beginning to their Premier League campaign this year, Newcastle United have endured a dangerous slump that has seen them fall towards the relegation zone. Rafa Benitez’s side have managed to acquire just 1 point from their previous 7 matches which has left The Magpies just 2 points above the relegation zone in 16th place. With that being said, it is no surprise to hear plenty of Newcastle supporters calling for Ashley to sell the club as soon as possible to allow Amanda Staveley enough time to bring in new players to the club in January.

The mid-season window will also give Newcastle the opportunity to clear out some of their unwanted squad players and reduce the wage bill.

And according to The Daily MailNewcastle are already making efforts to attract interest for their Serbian outcast Aleksandar Mitrovic in the January window by offering his services to Premier League rivals West Ham.

The former Anderlecht talent has fallen behind Dwight Gayle and Joselu in Benitez’s pecking order so far this season after a relatively mediocre campaign in The Championship last season.

Mitrovic has only started 1 league fixture all season which strongly suggests his days are numbered on Tyneside.

But despite his lack of involvement at the club, offering the Serbian to a struggling Premier League side could prove to be a terrible piece of business from Benitez.

West Ham have only managed to find the back of the net on 14 occasions so far this season and their struggle for goals has been a major factor in the club’s struggle for points.

Although Mitrovic may not be a good fit at Newcastle right now, he could easily go on to become a success in a West Ham shirt and score the goals necessary for The Hammers to climb above Newcastle in the league table.

If Benitez no longer sees a place for Mitrovic in his current squad, then he should be trying to offload him abroad rather than to a club in the Premier League where he could eventually come back to haunt Newcastle United.

Thoughts? 

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