The Toon Army in the Transfer Tavern are hoping their side can pull off a shock victory at Old Trafford this weekend
Rafa Benitez takes his side to Manchester United this weekend knowing that the odds are stacked against him with United’s unbeaten home record now standing at 38 matches in all competitions. However, back to back away defeats for the Red Devils prior to the international break should lend Benitez and his side genuine reason to believe that victory is achievable tomorrow evening.
So far this season, Newcastle’s defensive unit has been far more impressive than their attacking unit who have been consistently blunt in their opening 11 fixtures.
The Magpies goalkeeper Rob Elliot has been one of the standout performers in the current campaign, so he will be concerned by rumours in Marca (via talkSPORT), linking Barcelona’s Jasper Cillessen with a switch to Tyneside in January.
With new owners set to roll into St James Park within the next few months, Benitez will be beginning to identify targets such as Cillessen, that he feels can cement Newcastle’s position in the top-flight.
With that being said, it is pivotal for the development of the club that the owners do their utmost best to accommodate Benitez’s wishes.
Newcastle require stability across all levels of the club if they wish to re-establish themselves in the Premier League during the next few years, and Benitez is a critical component in their mission to achieve the said stability.
However, considering Benitez’s reputation, if his transfer targets are not purchased due to a lack of co-operation from the new owners, then the Spaniard is sure to accept an offer of employment elsewhere in the future.
The departure of Rafa Benitez would be a disastrous backwards step for Newcastle United that could plunge them back into The Championship, during a period where they appear to be making the steady progress necessary to avoid becoming the new yo-yo club of English football.