By Rafa. There was a piece the other day which said he had a database of 20,000 players that had been extensively scouted including things like personality and how they reacted to missing chances like their facial reaction.
Whether Merino was one for this season or not is debatable because it's been said that if Rafa doesn't get his first choice players, he can work down the list. Personally I dont think we've had a player like Merino and it's a question of which top club he plays for now.
Meanwhile we all wait for tubby to make a move.
I reckon he's going nowhere.We're stuck with the fucker,bit like the tories & the food banks.
Maybe a striker & leftback in January would make it bearable.
I think by getting the likes of Lascelles and Merino tied to long term contracts Ashley is getting his house in order for a sale.
The rumour about Benitez being offered a new long term contract was put out there by Ashley's minions to see if Benitez would bite. No doubt tying Benitez to a long term deal would make the club more attractive to potential new investors. Here's hoping it's sooner rather than later.