Speaking to Talksport today, Ginola begun by highlighting the importance of acting quickly in the transfer market, suggesting Benitez may end up with a player he ‘did not want to sign’ if Ashley does not loosen his purse strings:
“You can’t stand, sit and watch around because other players go and sign for clubs and all of a sudden you wake up and it’s too late. You’re going to sign someone who you did not want to sign in the first place but you have no choice because the money was not there.
This is something Rafa will be desperate to avoid. Yes he will have options A, B and C, but Benitez is ambitious and meticulous, so will be left frustrated if the club don’t move quickly enough or pay up for his top targets.
Ginola then went on to highlight the importance of keeping Benitez happy, suggesting that this is a bigger test than making him stay in the first place – a valid point.
Benitez stayed on the principle that we would show ambition and try and make his vision a reality. If it starts to look like the board are cutting corners and not delivering on their promises then we have a big problem:
“Keeping Rafa Benitez at Newcastle, that is something, but to keep Rafa Benitez happy and to give him some money to spend on players – so they don’t just have an average season, avoiding relegation to the Championship [is important].”
“You need to provide a manager like Rafa Benitez with all the amenities for him to be successful. It is not just about coming back into the Premier League, you need to give him the possibility and the give him the chance [to be successful] – especially for the fans.”
“The fans are so happy to come back to the Premier League but they need to see the club a bit more involved [in the transfer market].”
Spot on from Ginola. Time to get moving in the market, not just for the sake of Benitez’s future and us the fans, but for the benefit of our squad, which, at present, would struggle to survive in the top flight.