What Common Ground Do Rafa And Ashley Have?

It was a miserable January window for Rafa Benitez on the whole and he has been unable to bring in the type of quality to his squad that he needed.

Image result for Newcastle United Islam SlimaniNewcastle are now likely to be battling the drop for the rest of the campaign and it remains to be seen whether they have enough quality to stay in the division.

Kenedy looks like a very positive signing after making a bright start and his quality looks a bonus in the final third.

Meanwhile, Islam Slimani is still waiting to make his Newcastle debut and has huge expectations on his shoulders after proving in the past that he can be prolific in front of goal.

Benitez has been left frustrated with the club’s recent transfer business, according to Sky Sports, and it has been suggested that Rafa will leave in the summer if Mike Ashley is still at the club.

Ashley refuses to put money on the table for players as long as he hopes to flog the club, despite getting a wind-fall from Sky TV each season.

As Ashley said, "why would anyone put new tyres on a car you are about to sell."

But with no-one willing to match his £300m asking price the club has been 'put on hold'.

The news outlet claims that the Magpies boss is perplexed that their January business was left so late into the window after he had drawn up a list of transfer targets.

It is understood that 57-year-old wanted to sign left-sided flyer Kenedy in the summer, but had to wait until January to get him on loan from Chelsea.

The report further details that the loan signing of Islam Slimani from Leicester City was not a priority and only the fourth or fifth choice option for Benitez.

Newcastle are currently just a point above the drop zone and will hope that their new additions can make the difference in the fight against relegation.

They host Manchester United at St James’ Park on Sunday in the Premier League and are in desperate need of a positive result.