The Newcastle fans in the Transfer Tavern were disappointed by their side’s performance against Swansea City on Saturday afternoon.
Rafa Benitez’s side had a fantastic opportunity to take a step towards Premier League survival against rock-bottom Swansea City last weekend, but they only managed to claim a draw against The Swans in the relegation six-pointer. Jordan Ayew gave rock-bottom Swansea a shock lead on the hour-mark after he nodded home the rebound of his own shot in-front of the travelling supporters who were housed high in the heavens at St James’ Park.
However, Carlos Carvahal’s hopes of claiming back-to-back away wins in the league were crushed in the 68th minute, as Joselu salvaged a point for The Magpies by excellently placing a right-footed effort into the bottom corner from an acute-angle.
Newcastle may have moved a point closer to safety following the 1-1 draw, but the quality of the performance was rather concerning for the punters clad in black and white propping up our bar.
On the basis of Newcastle’s performance against Swansea, it seems obvious that Benitez should be given money to spend on new players this month, as the consequences of failing to strengthen could prove to be disastrous for the future of the club.
Benitez has remained loyal to the club in recent years, and he even took a step down in class to help Newcastle return to the Premier League last year, but if the club fail to back the Spaniard in the transfer market this month then his loyalty is certain to run out.
If Newcastle are relegated, The Championship this season, then clubs from the top-tiers in English football will come calling for Benitez.
The former Champions League winner will naturally feel inclined to take up an offer away from Tyneside if he isn’t provided with the funds to sign new players by the end of January, so Ashley and Staveley must conclude their negotiations and fund his wishlist to both avoid relegation and keep Benitez at the club.
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