The Newcastle United fans have been lamenting their club’s transfer policy in the Transfer Tavern since the January deadline passed on Wednesday evening.
Following weeks of speculation and various twists and turns, the transfer window finally drew to a close earlier this week. Newcastle United were one of the most active clubs on deadline day as they welcome Islam Slimani and Martin Dubravka to St James’ Park on loan until the end of the season. Benitez also oversaw the departure of 5 different players who all left on temporary loan moves in a search for regular first-team football.
The Newcastle fans were feeling underwhelmed by their club’s transfer activity after reports in the media had led them to believe that the club were on the verge of breaking their long-standing transfer record. However, those reports proved to be misleading as The Magpies were only able to secure a loan deal for Leicester City’s Slimani rather than a permanent deal.
There is no doubt that the January window was a disappointing month for the Newcastle supporters, but their perilous situation in the Premier League would have been intensified if Rafa Benitez had made the incredibly risky decision to sign Eliaquim Mangala (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt) on loan from Manchester City. Everton eventually completed a loan deal to prize Mangala away from City for the remainder of the season despite reported interest from Newcastle United earlier on transfer deadline day.
The 26-year-old defender promised to be a fantastic talent in the English top-flight after he moved to City from Porto in August 2014, but Mangala has been about as unconvincing as they come since his big-money transfer to The Etihad.
The French international has demonstrated a severe lack of awareness and composure throughout his performances in City blue, and as such, he has made key mistakes in almost every fixture he has been called upon for City,
If there’s one positive aspect for Newcastle to take from their season so far then it’s certainly the competency and solidity of their back-four who have done an admirable job all season, so Benitez undoubtedly made the right decision to avoid signing a player who would have negatively disrupted Newcastle’s defensive unit.