Newcastle United fans in the Transfer Tavern will be looking towards the club’s summer recruitment to see who they decide to bring in, however, it is believed the world’s biggest football tournament will not influence any decisions.
The Magpies look to have secured their place in the Premier League after a strong showing during the second half of the campaign and Rafa Benitez is expected to have some money to spend on building his squad.
The locals will still be hoping to see the Spaniard at the club following the conclusion of the season and will be encouraged that talks are set to take place, although there may be some concern amongst the punters about who they may bring in.
According to the Chronicle Live, Benitez has stated he does not plan on using the World Cup as a method to look for potential recruits and does not believe the major tournaments tell the whole story when it comes to a player’s ability.
“I don’t think so. We have people going around but now you can see a lot of players and you don’t have to be there,” he told the Chronicle Live.
“Also I am not a fan of the Euros and World Cup in terms of signing players from there because when they go there, what do they have? Something you don’t have for ten months, it’s not guaranteed for ten months.
“When you go to the Euros and the World Cup, everybody wants to go and they are motivated. This motivation for one or two weeks, for some players it is enough to make a name and then go to a top side.
“But after for ten months, maybe they don’t reach the level. I am not impressed with the World Cup or Euros in terms of signing players because they do well there.”
Indeed, talks between Benitez and managing director Lee Charnley over transfer targets and the like, much to the delight of our punters clad in black and white.
Newcastle fans in the Tavern will be encouraged with the news that Benitez is talking about the summer, hinting he could be around in the long-term. The Geordie locals will also want a player that gives their all for the whole season, not just when it matters.
They finally have a team who cares and, following Rafa’s comments, it seems as if that will continue.
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