Walking into uncertainty . . but not out of Toon
RAFA Benitez won’t dwell on the summer transfer window once it slams shut at 11pm on deadline day. The Newcastle United boss went into the last throes of the window with a request for back-up in four areas of his squad with a goalkeeper, left-back, creative midfield man and a forward on his wish-list. His chances of gaining all four were looking increasingly unlikely on the penultimate day of trading but Benitez was still hopeful of some late business after returning from a UEFA coaching Elite Coaches Forum. Privately Benitez is not a fan of the current transfer window and feels it should close at least a fortnight earlier than it does currently.
Like a lot of top managers, his fear is that it offers some clubs an unfair advantage and that a player who has spent pre-season absorbing tactics and noticing certain weaknesses around a club’s training ground could soon be briefing the manager of a rival opponent.
There’s been plenty of noise around Newcastle United this summer and plenty of reports of unrest.
Although, Benitez has not been at war with owner Mike Ashley in the way many might expect and he has merely sent feedback to the tycoon about concerns over the suitability of his squad
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Chief sports writer Tammy Abraham and Willy Caballero