Having missed out on Andros Townsend during the January transfer window, a lot has been made about Rafa Benitez’s frustration in the market, with Newcastle United having failed to add anyone to his title tilt on Tyneside.
Naturally, the temptation may be to instantly blame the powers that be at St. James’ Park for not pushing a deal over the line, though there is something to be said about the complexity of a transfer involving Premier League players and the murky waters of purchasing targets at this notorious time of year.
In fact, perhaps the Toon were RIGHT to not to entertain any demands Palace may have placed on the deal, with Pete Graves suggesting BOTH clubs had ‘valid reasons’ not to go into the deal. Buying would obviously have been a boost, but buying simply for the sake of it doesn’t seem like a route the club should go down.
— Pete Graves (@PeteGravesSky) February 1, 2017
So, perhaps we should gain some perspective.