Newcastle United are struggling towards the bottom of the Premier League table following their promotion to the top flight last season, and fans will wait nervously to see how their club performs in the second half of the campaign.
Regulars here in The Transfer Tavern, the Geordie faithful are keen to see manager Rafa Benitez open his chequebook this month in order to add increased depth and quality to their squad, always suggesting potential arrivals to our landlord over a cool afternoon pint. However reports emerging from The Sun may give fans cause for concern, with suggestions that Benitez may be forced to sell before he can buy this month.
The decision has reportedly left Benitez at loggerheads with the board, with the Spaniard keen to source replacements before he sells, a policy in complete contrast to the reported orders of those in command at St James’ Park. The Sun also reports that Benitez revealed that he still does not know what his transfer budget is for the month, with concerns growing as the second week of the winter window is entered.
Landlord’s Verdict: This update will rightfully give Newcastle fans cause for concern, with an internal dispute clearly restricting Benitez’s movement in the transfer market. Now is no time for the club to be stingy, with their status as a Premier League club the prize for a successful window, with the monetary reward for remaining in the top flight sure to outweigh several new faces at the club.
Benitez must be given a free reign to bring in who he wants, and by limited his spending power, the club’s hierarchy may also leave the Spaniard questioning his own position at the club. Funds must be released soon, otherwise Newcastle could be back in the second tier.
Newcastle fans, are you concerned by this latest update? Let us know!