Newcastle United’s miserable opening to the campaign continued on Saturday afternoon as they suffered a 1-0 home defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion – a result which mounted further pressure on Rafa Benitez to turn things around on Tyneside.
Although it was refreshing for the Magpies supporters to see their side enjoying plenty of territorial advantage and shots on goal, Newcastle failed to breach Matt Ryan’s goal on another frustrating afternoon for the relegation-threatened outfit.
Without a win from 9 fixtures and rooted to the bottom of the table, Newcastle fans are beginning to seriously fear the prospect of relegation.
Another summer transfer window in which Mike Ashley failed to inject the necessary funding into Benitez’s transfer kitty could ultimately prove fatal, and the controversial owner fails to splash the cash in January then Newcastle will be in huge trouble according to Sky Sports pundit Pete Hall.
Indeed, Hall delivered a damning verdict on Newcastle’s performance against the Seagulls and suggested that the winter window could make all the difference in their bid to beat the drop.
‘There was a real lack of imagination in attack, and a fifth home defeat in a row was never really in doubt. January investment is a must, but whether Benitez will get the funds is a different issue.
‘Their worst start to a top-flight season could be about to get a whole lot worse.’
Whilst it’s fair to conclude that Newcastle are in dire need of significant investment, it’s a conclusion which the supporters have heard all too often down the years.
Ashley’s need to provide Benitez with substantial backing in the transfer market has been glaringly obvious since the club earned promotion to the Premier League in 2017, but history proves that the necessary funding will not be forthcoming in January.
Loan deals for Kenedy and Martin Dubravka played an instrumental role in keeping the Magpies afloat last season, but deals of a similar nature are unlikely to stimulate a comparable level of improvement this time round.
Newcastle need talent of proven quality and they need it fast, and if Ashley fails to appreciate that fact and begin making progress on a handful of deals to be completed at the beginning of January, the writing will be on the wall for the Magpies.
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