Rafa Benitez must be used to transfer frustration at Newcastle United by now, however, if the club fail to act and spend money to bring in top quality talent, it is questionable how long the Spaniard will put up with it.
Benitez worked miracles on Tyneside last season, delivering a top half finish despite having a threadbare squad.
The St James Park outfit have brought in some players this window, signing Martin Dubravka on a permanent deal after he impressed last season. The club have also brought in South Korea international Ki Sung-Yeung on a free transfer from relegated Swansea City. They have also managed to secure the season-long loan of Kenedy after his successful spell at the club on loan from Chelsea last season.
Whilst none of these are bad signings per se, it is surely not the calibre of player Rafa Benitez is hoping to bring to Tyneside. Rafa Benitez deserves to manage a club that does not over-rely on loans and free transfers.
With that in mind, here are three signings Newcastle United could make which would keep Rafa Benitez at the club for a long time to come…