It was reported late last night by several national and local press that Rafa Benitez has become increasingly frustrated by Newcastle’s lack of progress in the transfer market, with the Daily Mail claiming his future at the club could now be in doubt.
Chief football writer for The Mail Rob Draper instigated last night’s frenzy on Twitter, suggesting NUFC’s failure to land Rafa’s ‘key targets Abraham, Delph, Mangala and Caballero has raised doubts over Benitez’s future:
— Rob Draper (@draper_rob) June 24, 2017
The Mail claim Benitez was ‘convinced’ that Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero would join the club, however the Chelsea striker and Manchester City goalkeeper have since agreed deals with Swansea and Chelsea respectively.
Mark Douglas of The Chronicle then responded to these rumours, suggesting that Newcastle United must ‘get their fingers out’:
He's frustrated. #nufc need to get their fingers out..
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) June 24, 2017
North-East sports reporter Luke Edwards then weighed in, suggesting our lack of transfer activity has not been to Rafa’s liking, but calling for calm on the matter (hinting that suggestions he could quit are currently wide of the mark).
News that Rafa is frustrated is fair, I imagine he is, but The Mail’s suggestions that he could quit is stirring the pot and slightly unnecessary in my opinion.
The local press have made it known that Benitez is frustrated, we all are, but I believe the national press (Daily Mail) have jumped on this in an attempt to make this a bigger headline than it needs to be.
The following tweet sums it up perfectly for me.
— Chris Holt (@bigchrisholt) June 24, 2017
Yes it’s concerning, but as the above tweet alludes to, I believe Rafa will be frustrated, but in no way ready to quit. Benitez wants to get his business done early and this is an ideal reminder that the board must pull out all the stops to back him this summer.