The Newcastle boss has had to endure a frustrating time in the transfer market with little progress made despite numerous players being targeted.
Twenty two years ago Kevin Keegan was able to bring in Ginola with £2.5m required to bring in a top Champions League player from Paris St Germain.
An additional zero would be required today to bring in a better than average Premier League performer with Benitez having to spread his net far and wide to bring in the quality of player needed to re-establish Newcastle in the top flight.
Ginola told The Chronicle: “You can’t stand, sit and watch around because other players go and sign for clubs and all of a sudden you wake up and it’s too late. You’re going to sign someone who you did not want to sign in the first place but you have no choice because the money was not there.
“Keeping Rafa Benitez at Newcastle, that is something but to keep Rafa Benitez happy and to give him some money to spend on players – so they don’t just have an average season, avoiding relegation to the Championship [is important].”
Benitez has a number of enquiries on going but interest in Pepe Reina and Martin Skrtel suggests that he is having to use established personal contacts rather broker new deals to bring in the players required to push Newcastle back to where they were when Ginola was thrilling the fans.