The last few weeks have been hell on earth for Newcastle United fans. The club has repeatedly let down the fans and it’s been a long time since they’ve been able to celebrate a successful transfer window. Rafa Benitez managed to bring in seven new players but the fans still aren’t happy, especially with this news from Globo that claims they missed out on a late deal for Monaco’s Jorge.
— Toon Transfer News (@toontransfer) August 9, 2018
The fans knew that going into deadline day they needed a centre-back and a left-back. Benitez did extremely well to secure the deal for Salomon Rondon with Dwight Gayle going the other way. Then the Spaniard managed to bring in Argentina defender Federico Fernandez from Swansea which will prove to be a very successful move if he can show his class at St James Park in the upcoming season.
However, with just Paul Dummett as an out-and-out left-back, this season could be a tough one. The club also has Javier Manquillo and Achraf Lazaar who can deputise for Dummett but neither of those are Premier League quality and it will be a big job for Dummett to last the whole season holding down the left side of the defence unless Benitez opts to use a three at the back system.
You can read the Magpies’ verdict on missing out on Jorge here:
But they had months.
— payne (@Payneymp) August 9, 2018
Seems to be a case of "We tried but we couldn't get it over the line"
— Anthony (@Anthony__N__) August 9, 2018
Damn these perilously short transfer windows…
— NettleWarrior (@nettlewarrior72) August 9, 2018
Tends to happen when you begin negotiations 15 minutes before the window shuts.
— ohio toon (@OhioToon) August 9, 2018
Ahh shame. If only we'd had prior knowledge of this deadline, and a significant amount of time to operate before it closed. Oh well, we tried.
— Will Holmes (@w177h07m35) August 9, 2018
Yet Everton got one for that Brazilian like in the same period…
— CHRISDOBEY (@ChrisDobey) August 9, 2018
lol they have had months 2 sort it transfers and they can't even do that we are a joke of a club and we deserve to go down
— Ken Parry (@Kenp75) August 9, 2018
The fans are far from shocked at their club’s incompetence in the window but will still be fuming at Mike Ashley and Lee Charley for the mess they’ve been put in.