Newcastle United: A Sense of Realism is Needed

There is a lot of negativity among Newcastle United fans this week. A week where there should be a feeling of excitement for the new season, which is only a matter of days away.

Rafael Benitez stressed the importance of the fans getting behind the team this season. It is vital that all the negativity around at the moment does, not make its way inside St. James’ Park on Sunday. This Newcastle side has been massively underestimated, they have been written off far too early and by so many people.

Benitez has done well in the transfer market so far, Jacob Murphy, Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune and Javier Manquillo all arrived on permanent deals. While Mikel Merino arrived on loan from Borussia Dortmund. When you consider the highly inflated fees in this window, Newcastle have spent their money wisely. A section of Newcastle fans have been calling for big name signings, however, one thing Benitez has changed during his time on Tyneside is the mentality of the squad. Big egos who offered very little on the field have been shipped out and replaced with players that want to be at the club.

There has been a lot of speculation surrounding Newcastle’s transfer budget, that has been a major factor in the fans’ frustrations. A number of media outlets were reporting that club had £70-100 million to spend this summer when no official word came from the club. Without the speculation surrounding the budget, fans wouldn’t be as worried as they are now. The constant stream of stories regarding Benitez’s future hasn’t made for a relaxing summer for Newcastle fans. While Benitez is frustrated at the window, a lot of managers are – Which hasn’t been reported as much as Benitez’s frustrations. Newcastle fans need to realise that the rumored budget was way off the mark. The only people who know Newcastle’s transfer budget are Benitez and the club. If Benitez wasn’t happy with the money he was given, it is likely that he’d have walked away which isn’t the case.

Many people seem to forget that Newcastle have just been promoted, there must be a sense of realism. Relegation hit the club hard and we are seeing the consequences of missing out on the TV money this summer. The TV deal has seen transfer fees inflate this summer, an average player is worth £18-20 million, which is concerning. The demand to break the bank is huge, though Newcastle are going about it in the right manner, they aren’t throwing silly money around that they will later regret.

The main aim of this season for Newcastle is survival, the same as any other recently promoted side. The club will have a different strategy in the transfer market next summer, they will see the benefits of the TV money. There are a lot of positives at Newcastle United that are unfortunately being ignored. In Benitez, the club have one of the best managers around, there’s a set of players that want to do well for the club, they are back in the Premier League and have a chance to go a long way under Benitez’s management.

Newcastle will surprise a lot of people this season, there’s a lot to be positive about on Tyneside and fans should be focusing on that.

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