Newcastle sign Japan's Yoshinori Muto, as Rafa Benitez expresses concerns

Aug 05, 2018, 12:44
Newcastle sign Japan's Yoshinori Muto, as Rafa Benitez expresses concerns

The fans have to be concerned, we are concerned.

Sam Allardyce has warned Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez that he is playing a risky game by publicly criticising his clubs owner for his lack of backing in the transfer market. "I'm really anxious", Benitez reiterated.

Many Toon supporter groups are looking at using the game as a platform to show their anger towards the club hierarchy - something that will no doubt unsettle the players on the pitch.

But, we must stress, the deal is only for this season, come next May both players will return to their parent clubs.

With Florian Lejeune out for most of the season with a ruptured cruciate ligament and Mbemba now at Porto, retaining Lascelles is a priority.

Talks broke down between the two clubs, with Newcastle keen on Rondon but were unable to spend the £16 the Baggies are demanding due to Mike Ashley's tight pockets.

"You're a very fearless man if you go out and criticise the owners, which to be fair is what he is doing", said Allardyce.

There appears to be a marked disconnect between Benitez and club owner Mike Ashley as the Spaniard doubts whether his recruitment requests will be met ahead of the transfer window deadline. I don't know if they were going to sign anyone on or not.

"And doing that as a manager in today's world is extremely risky; I couldn't see anybody else doing that".

While misguided, the overwhelming backlash against Keys' comments were an interesting insight into the current level of resentment amongst the St James' Park faithful.