The Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern are absolutely delighted about life back in the Premier League, after a tricky start.
Indeed, our resident Geordies have watched their side romp to three wins in a row under Rafa Benitez and now sit fourth in the Premier League, ahead of their trip to Brighton on Sunday.
Much was made about the summer window on Tyneside, during which Rafa Benitez admitted he was unhappy with how things were panning out on the transfer front. However, it seems the Spaniard did have the option of bringing two names who may have ‘excited’ supporters into the club, only to turn them down.
Within a piece from the Chronicle detailing just how Benitez has built a side full of team spirit (something lacking at St. James’ Park in recent years) it’s claimed that the club could have followed up interest in two players, only for Rafa to not follow up interest due to the fact he didn’t believe their characters would fit in.
”By the same token, he is not afraid to turn down players who he feels would not fit into Newcastle’s dressing room culture. There were two this summer who might have excited fans if Newcastle’s manager had followed up interest, but Benitez felt they would not work at his club.”
Though not bringing in players is never a popular notion amongst our resident Geordies, this story only stresses the importance Benitez stresses on building a team who want to play for Newcastle United.
Having seen what the effects of not possessing that rather basic idea can have on the side, it’s vitally important he continues with that ruthless thinking.
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