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

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

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

Put it all together and you understand why the fans need to be concerned.

The Sports Direct boss has shown himself to be unwilling to fund Newcastle properly to put the club in a position to push up the Premier League table, and this latest disagreement with Benitez is simply the latest in a long line of financial disagreements with managers.

"I said two months ago what we needed, and 10 days before the start of season we have four or five players we thought we could bring but we haven't - and we still are where we are", concluded a frustrated Benitez.

He made just one league appearance for PSG last season, but looks likely to be more involved this term as Tuchel places his faith in youth. "I don't think we'll lose any players at the moment", Benitez said.

A day earlier, Benitez expressed displeasure with his club's summer activity when was not pleased with the Magpies' performance in a thrashing at Portuguese club Braga.

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

"You have to be very self-confident in that you are criticising Mike Ashley with what you are saying". I don't know if they were going to sign anyone on or not.

"So if you're taking that stand, you have to be very conscious of what you are doing, and what you are trying to do is publicly force the owner into spending more money".

"But Rafa's courageous enough and experienced enough to do it".

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