Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Everton Are Flashing the Cash While Toon Count the Pennies; RAFA MUST BE ENVIOUS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Everton Are Flashing the Cash While Toon Count the Pennies; RAFA MUST BE ENVIOUS

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Byline: SUPERMAC Shooting from the lip

RAFA Benitez managed Liverpool with great distinction and still lives in the city.

However, he must be casting envious eyes across Stanley Park to Everton right now.

Because here is a club of similar stature to Newcastle but which is making a statement this summer which reads loud and clear: we want to break into the elite group of Champions League contenders. Manager Ronald Koeman has received the goahead in the transfer market that must make Rafa green with envy.

Everton United 52,000 fans on their fumes ... more Koeman has so far signed the likes of Jordan Pickford and Michael Keane (two defensive players at PS30m apiece), PS23.6m Davy Klaassen, Cuco Martina, Sandro Ramirez and Nathangelo Markelo, while also taking on the considerable wages of Wayne Rooney.

I don't know whether or not that's because Everton have new owners, but the bottom line is that an always cautious Mike Ashley has spent 10 years keeping a firm hold on the SJP purse strings.

What I also know is that Everton are leaving United and their 52,000 fans choking on their exhaust fumes instead of ambitiously challenging them for PL status.

Rafa desperately wants to do what Koeman is doing and recognises the huge potential on Tyneside, but will he be allowed to fulfil his dreams and ours? leaving and their choking exhaust so much to be I know the Magpies have brought in two new signings this week, but so far they have recruited just a cover rightback, a central defender, and two wingers. So much more needs to be done and if it is not then will Rafa remain happy? He needs a striker so bad it's painful, but they cost big bucks. Indeed Rafa needs two because he only has Dwight Gayle. …

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