Speaking to the Chronicle, former Newcastle United star Jermaine Jenas has stated that he feels sick at the Magpies’ lack of activity during the transfer window.
Following their promotion into the Premier League, Newcastle United were widely expected to be spending big to strengthen the squad this summer but that simply has not proven to be the case so far.
Newcastle have brought in six new players to St. James’ Park this summer but none of them have been eye catching and the recruits of Joselu and Javier Manquillo among others have clearly underwhelmed the expectant St. James’ Park faithful.
It is now expected that Rafael Benitez will be using the final weeks of the transfer window to sign his top targets but the fans are really starting to worry at the moment as owner Mike Ashley seems to be hesitant to financially backing his manager.
Now ex-Newcastle star Jermaine Jenas has gone on to speak regarding his former club’s transfer policy this summer and has stated he feels sick that the club have not backed manager Rafael Benitez to improve the squad.
Jenas said, “They won the Championship and finished last season on a high but it almost makes me sick that the players and manager put their heart and soul into the league and then they are not backed to improve.
“The market is crazy and they can’t afford to go too big on signings but as far as I am concerned with the team that they have got now will be in a relegation battle at the end of the season. Is that good enough for a club at the size of Newcastle? No, as far as I am concerned.
“So I am 100% behind Rafa Benitez . He has done his job, got them back into the Premier League at the first time of asking. You have banked god knows how many millions for being in the Premier League, or you will bank it over the next few years, now invest it and back me as a manager.
“I am with him all the way. It makes no sense to not go for it and protect your status. Not only that, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to look at what they have got and say it is not enough. I suppose Newcastle fans and even Rafa are probably only asking for signings to give them a better chance.
“Right now, they are amongst the bottom three teams. He wants a chance to survive and that’s all he’s asking for. If they don’t get it, they could lose their most important person and that’s Rafa Benitez.”