Although Benitez has worked wonders at St. James’ Park and enjoys life in the Northeast, he should make the switch to east London to finally enjoy the transfer budget he deserves.
There can be no questioning the Spaniard’s tremendous accomplishments at Newcastle. Benitez was appointed too late to save the club from relegation in 2015/16, yet achieved promotion at the first time of asking in 2016/17.
Even more impressive, the ex-Liverpool boss steered the Magpies to a tenth-placed finish this season.
The team was largely the same squad that won the Championship the previous year, and it is a testament to Benitez’s skills as a manager that he led Newcastle to the top half of the table despite minimal investment.
In particular, the manager craved a top-class goalscoring striker, yet was never given the funds to pursue a centre-forward that could effectively lead the line for the Magpies.
But it is simply unacceptable that a manager of Benitez’s quality is denied access to substantial transfer funds to strengthen his squad. In December, the Spaniard publicly aired his frustration at the uncertainty surrounding his transfer budget, due to the frugal nature of owner Mike Ashley.
There had been hopes that a takeover would occur at Newcastle, but recent reports claim that the move is off after Ashley increased his valuation of the club.
Unfortunately for Benitez, this seems to signal another offseason of limited funds and missed transfer targets. Ultimately, conditions such as these are unacceptable for a manager who has brought so much success to Newcastle.
A move to the London Stadium would allow Benitez to truly shape his squad with a generous transfer budget, a luxury that the Spaniard must be craving after several barren years under Mike Ashley.
Rafa Benitez would do well to leave behind the toxic reign of Ashley and move to West Ham, where he would be appreciated and rewarded by a supportive ownership.
David Wagner’s baffling Jonas Lossl decision laid bare in humbling defeat
The Danish goalkeeper has been dropped for Ben Hamer.
But as good as Manchester City were, they were helped out by an unconvincing performance from Ben Hamer.
He came rushing out for Sergio Aguero’s opening goal, should have saved Gabriel Jesus’ effort and spilled the ball for Aguero’s second.
It was a performance that Hamer would rather forget. But it also asks questions of David Wagner.
Hamer, who has made a career mostly as a back-up keeper since leaving Charlton Athletic in 2014. For four seasons he acted as a back-up to Kasper Schmeichel at Leicester City. This summer, Huddersfield signed him on a free transfer, where he was expected to be the back-up to Danish stopper Jonas Lossl.
But Hamer has started the season as the number one and it is hard to understand why.
Lossl spent last season on loan at Huddersfield from Mainz and it was made a permanent move in the summer. It came after he impressed for the club. He certainly has an error in him, but his shot-stopping ability make him a top option between the sticks.
Huddersfield’s decision to drop him is certainly bizarre. If a superior option had been brought in this summer, it would be understandable. Hamer is not a superior option. Huddersfield fans will surely hope to see Lossl back between the sticks for next week.
One in, one out: The Deadline Day deals Huddersfield should prioritise
Huddersfield desperately need to make some moves today
Huddersfield survived the dreaded drop by the skin of their teeth last season and will be going into the 2018/19 Premier League campaign with virtually the same squad.
However, with the deadline looming it’s looking likely that David Wagner’s side will make some moves today, and they’ll be needed if the Yorkshire side stands any chance of maintaining their Premier League status for another season.
Here, we take a look at one potential arrival, and departure Huddersfield should prioritise on deadline day.
Potential arrival – Patrick Roberts (Manchester City)
Sky Sports states that Huddersfield are keen to bring in the Manchester City winger on a season-long loan today, and this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed.
The Terriers desperately need to strengthen their wide options, after letting Tom Ince leave to Stoke City, they’ve got little-to-no-one on their wings who can cause a threat to the opposition.
Roberts has enjoyed a successful spell at Celtic, winning back-to-back domestic trebles and it’s this kind of winning mentality that Wagner vitally needs to incorporate into his starting XI.
The winger is still young and, at 21, is at the perfect age to be nurtured into something even better by Huddersfield’s enigmatic manager David Wagner.
Potential departure – Michael Hefele
Deadline day is often the perfect opportunity to get rid of the players on the wage bill who aren’t contributing anything to the first team, and Michael Hefele falls under this bracket for Huddersfield.
The German has made 39 appearances for Wagner’s side and, despite his cult hero status at the John Smiths Stadium, it’s time for the defender to move on.
Hefele was a massive player for Huddersfield during their historic 2016/17 Championship promotion to the Premier League. However, it seems as though David Wagner doesn’t see a future for the defender as he was left out of their pre-season tour.
Huddersfield Town should consider another Ivan Cavaleiro move after Adama Traore transfer
Huddersfield Town have been heavily linked with the Portuguese attacker this summer.
It appears Wolves are all set to sign Adama Traore from Middlesbrough in the coming days. The Express and Star report that a club record £18 million deal for the former Barcelona winger is set to be completed before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
It will be a major coup for Wolves, considering the obvious talent the 22-year-old possesses.
But should Huddersfield Town be taking note of this deal?
Wolves now have plenty of wide options. Along with Traore, they have Helder Costa, Diego Jota and Ivan Cavaleiro all present, along with fringe options such as Rafa Mir, Bright Enobakhare and Jordan Graham.
So should Huddersfield see if they can get their hands on a player they reportedly wanted earlier this summer?
The Terriers were heavily linked with a move for Cavaleiro back in June. It was even reported at one point that a £12 million deal had been agreed for the player.
That clearly never came to fruition. However, with the arrival of Traore, could Wolves be more susceptible to a potential sale. It has already been seen that key players from their promotion could be available. Huddersfield’s West Yorkshire rivals Leeds United got their hands on left-back Barry Douglas recently.
Whilst Ramadan Sobhi has arrived from Stoke the Terriers still need to bring in extra attacking power if they are to survive a relegation battle this season. Cavaleiro could be the man for the job.
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