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RAFAEL BENITEZ is ready to lose Moussa Sissoko by the end of the transfer window after Newcastle United were hit with numerous calls and offers for the unsettled France international.
This week has seen no let up in the transfer business at Newcastle this summer which has almost become a revolving door with the number of ins and outs we have seen.A couple of players I was expecting to be first out of the door following relegation both belatedly moved onto pastures new.Daryl Janmaat signed for Watford for a fee reported to be around 7.5 million to give the Dutch fullback his desired return to the Premier League.Mixed feelings on this one for me really – looked a real coup initially when we brought him in to replace Debuchy but his career at Newcastle seemed to follow a similar path to the Frenchman where at times he was a liability defensively and his attitude seemed to be questionable if the game wasn’t going his or the teams way which sadly for us over the last couple of years was more often than not.On that basis and the fact that his heart didn’t always seem to be quite in it then I am not too fussed to see him depart for a profit but at the same time I think he is a player that if in a better side would have looked a lot better which is why with no disrespect intended I find it baffling that he has joined Watford especially given that he was being linked with the likes of Juventus at the start of the summer.I appreciate he was desparate to continue playing in the top division but part of me just feels with this move he may really as well have stayed with us as I don’t see Watford as a progressive step for him even if they can currently offer him top flight football.Another popular Dutchman has also departed although thankfully this is only a temporary departure as Tim Krul has joined Ajax on a season long loan as he battles back to fitness from his serious knee injury picked up on international duty last season.He has signed a years extension to his contract until 2018 which I think shows there is an intention to keep him or certainly not lose him for free next summer but I think in the short term this is a good move for all parties.We have more than enough goalkeepers and one thing he will need when back to fitness is games. With Ajax selling their number 1 Jasper Cillessen to Barcelona then that is likely something they can give him.For him it is the opportunity to go back to play for a massive team in his homeland who can offer him European football rather than him playing in the Championship and hopefully he can come back next summer fully fit and ready to challenge for the number 1 spot again for a team that is hopefully in the Premier League.Worst case scenario is he plays regularly for Ajax this season and comes back next summer and we can cash in on him if we haven’t managed to get promoted god forbid or it is decided that we don’t need him or he feels he needs a new challenge.Obviously specualting slightly as to what the position is with him but I think the main thing from the clubs point of view was that it was always going to be hard to sell him on a permanent deal whilst he is still not fully fit so this at least means we can assess things with him over the next 12 months and are not going to be risking losing a valuable asset for nothing.Another departure was announced today with the news that Gael Bigirimana had rejoined Coventry on a permanent deal 4 years after we brough him in from the Sky Blues.Another player that looked promising initially but that you feel has suffered from the poor management we have had in charge in his time here and he just hasn’t been able to recover from that.
Newcastle’s reward for beating Cheltenham in the 2nd round of the EFL Cup this week was another home draw in round 3 against fellow Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers.Not a bad draw really – I think you always look to get a home draw and avoiding Premier League teams is a bonus in terms of potential progression although I am sure a few fans would maybe want to draw a top flight side.Of course Wolves are a decent Championship side who like ourselves have been very active in the transfer market this summer so it won’t be easy by any stretch but like I say as far as a cup draw goes it could have been a lot worse and if we take it seriously then there is a real opportunity to progress to the next round.No announcement on the date yet but ties are due to be played commencing Monday September 19th which means we will face them at home twice within the space of a few days with them due at St James’ Park in the league on Saturday 17th!
AYOZE PEREZ got something of a wake-up call when he played in the Championship for the first time earlier this month. Playing in the No 10 role at Fulham, he seemed to turn into trouble every time he was fed the ball into feet.