Newcastle United are in desperate need of additions to their squad this month, with board restrictions prohibiting manager Rafa Benitez from adding players to his squad this month.
Fans here in The Transfer Tavern retain faith in their beloved Spanish boss, but are growing increasingly concerned that chairman Mike Ashley’s reluctance to open his chequebook could result in an immediate return to the second tier this semester. Our landlord caught up with fans to discuss transfers, with news breaking during the conversation from Goal, which suggested that youngster Yasin Ben El-Mhanni is attracting interest from a host of clubs including Fenerbahce, Wolves and Brighton.
El-Mhanni is currently caught up in a racism row involving U23 coach and club legend, Peter Beardsley, with the club investigating reports of racism and bullying within the youth squad, with five teammates supporting accusations made by El-Mhanni that Beardsley had behaved in an inappropriate manner. Despite the ongoing investigation, Goal reports that both club and player are open to the possibility of extending his contract at the club in the coming weeks.
Landlord’s Verdict: The scandal engulfing the Tyneside club is truly shocking, and if found guilty, Beardsley’s career in football could come to a premature end. Fans will be outraged and shocked by reports, and would be devastated to lose the talented El-Mhanni in such circumstances.
The player is extremely talented and has the potential to break into the first-team in the coming months, and the fact he remains open to extending his deal will come as a huge relief to those associated with the club. Benitez must get the player to commit to new terms as soon as possible, before other clubs make the player an offer he cannot resist.
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