When asked about the upcoming transfer window during his pre-Chelsea press conference today, Rafa Benitez has admitted that he’ll be looking to bring ‘experience’ and added ‘quality’ to his Newcastle United squad this summer.
Rafa wanting ‘quality’ is a given, but his demand for more experience is the interesting one here – with it being something Mike Ashley has been reluctant to sanction in the past.
Here’s what Rafa’s had to say on that front in the last few moments, suggesting what he wants ahead of what he hopes is a ‘busy’ summer for the club:
“We have to be quite busy in the transfer market. We need more experience.
“We also lose a couple of players, we have three loans.
“We need to add some quality to the good players we have already”
Everything Rafa’s said here looks almost certain to test Mike Ashley’s stubbornness and ability to give Benitez what he wants this summer.
Rafa’s demanding that we’re ‘busy’ in the market, suggesting he wants to waste no time and get deals done quickly (something we didn’t do last season’. He also wants ‘more experience’, testing Ashley’s ability to sanction deals for players over the age of 27, and has also asked for some ‘quality’ – testing Ashley’s wallet, with quality players not coming cheap in this day and age.
Experience and quality is exactly what we’re lacking. Let’s hope Mike Ashley can see sense and give him what he needs to bring in exactly that.
It’s also worth mentioning Lee Charnley in all of this too. He might have to buck his ideas up if we want to move quickly in the market this summer. We did deals at a snails pace last summer and lost out on a few too many as a result. Lessons must be learned.