Walk­ing into un­cer­tainty . . but not out of Toon

The Chronicle - - Nufc - By LEE RY­DER lee.ry­der@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @lee_ry­der

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

ahead of the long Pre­mier League

Chief sports writer Tammy Abra­ham and Willy Ca­ballero

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