Fulham are already relegated from the Premier League despite spending over £100million in the summer transfer window, with £22million of that reportedly going to the Magpies for Aleksandar Mitrovic’s permanent switch to London.
Benitez believes that some decent players went to the Cottage in the summer, and has suggested that they should have done better than they have.
“We can’t talk too much about them because they did what they did.
It just goes to show that spending power doesn’t equal success. Fulham spent a ridiculous amount of money for a newly-promoted side last summer but ended up with a squad of players who barely knew each other, and that showed on the pitch in most of their performances. Newcastle on the other hand have a solid core of players, most of which have been together since the club won promotion from the Championship two seasons ago. That might be where Fulham went wrong last summer. They put too much faith in players who had just been signed and completely forgot about those who helped them get there to begin with. Wolves have shown with players like Conor Coady and Matt Doherty that if you put faith in your existing players, you can finish well in the Premier League despite being a newly-promoted side. Newcastle, must to the annoyance of their fans, could probably be at Wolves’ level if they had an owner who was at least willing to spend a bit of money.