BBC Sport pundit reveals Benitez mindset in shock Newcastle transfer verdict
Former Liverpool star and current BBC Sport pundit has said that Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez will not be happy with the club’s transfer business in January despite bringing in some of his top targets.
The Magpies saw three new faces through the door at St James’ Park during the winter window, with Chelsea winger Kenedy, Sparta Prague goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and Leicester City striker Islam Slimani all joining on loan until the end of the season.
Benitez has previously confirmed that he has been a long time admirer of the Algerian striker, stretching back to his time in Portugal, while Kenedy was a deal which had been hunted in the summer transfer market but was only pulled off last month.
While Slimani has been missing as a result of injury, both the Brazilian winger and Slovakian shot stopper have made impressive starts to their career on Tyneside, Dubravka putting in a star performance against Manchester United on his debut, but Lawrenson has shockingly suggested that Benitez would have been unhappy if he had signed the world’s best players.
He told the Northern Echo: “Rafa wouldn’t be happy if he had Suarez, Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar and Bale as his front five. That’s just Rafa’s way.
“I look at the three promoted, I know you mentioned Newcastle, but I think you’ve got to lump in Huddersfield, they don’t have many goals in them.
“Brighton, obviously they signed Leonardo Ulloa and the boy from PSV, but it looks like Brighton are trying to address the problem.”
Newcastle, having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Chelsea earlier in the season, must now wait another week before they return to action after their win over Manchester United, and will do so with a trip down to the south coast to take on Bournemouth.
In other Newcastle United news, the club are set to reignite a swoop for an international speed machine after a failed January bid.