Rafa Benitez has hinted that Newcastle are ‘wasting time’ when it comes to securing new signings this summer, suggesting that the club must be more decisive in the market and ‘make sure’ they sign a player once he’s been identified as a target.
This sounds absolutely bang on based on what we’ve seen both this summer and across several other transfer windows recently.
We have a knack of naming several ‘targets’, drawing up shortlists and lodging enquiries, only to shy away from making firm bids and showing real intent when it comes to actually getting the said deal done.
Yes prices are inflated, but Rafa’s comments here seem to hit the nail on the head when it comes to our apparent approach to transfers under Mike Ashley.
Here’s what he’s had to say when asked about our summer so far and approach to transfers: