Rafa Benitez explains why changes to transfer window need to be considered

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez

The Newcastle boss is frustrated that his side will start the season with the transfer window open.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conferenceNewcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has suggested that the transfer deadline should be brought forward before the league season gets underway. 

The Spaniard has had a busy transfer window ahead of his first full season in charge of Magpies but it looks as if the future of one of his players could be under the spotlight by the time they get their Championship campaign against Fulham underway in two weeks' time in Moussa Sissoko.

France's Moussa Sissoko during training.France's Moussa Sissoko during training.

Benitez told the Chronicle: “Maybe they will have to consider changing things because to get to the beginning of the league and still have a month of the transfer window open is very difficult to understand. You start working and thinking about your team in May, so maybe the deadline should be brought forward.

“By June and July you are nearly done, so it is something UEFA and FIFA will have to consider. It is too long.

“You can be playing on the 5th August with a player that in 15 or 20 days could be playing against you for a different team.”

The Newcastle boss isn't the first manager to express these concerns as many of his counterparts have similar opinions surrounding the transfer window. 

Georginio Wijnaldum scores the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spotGeorginio Wijnaldum scores the third goal for Newcastle from the penalty spot

It's a good point to make as well, especially given Newcastle's situation as many of their more prominent performers from their campaign last season are being targeted by clubs in the Premier League with Andros Townsend joining Crystal Palace and Georginio Wijnaldum on the brink of completing a move to Liverpool - with the Chronicle saying that Benitez was tired of newspaper talk surrounding the Dutchman's future and forced the issue.

When Newcastle kick off their season there's more than three weeks of the transfer window left to run, meaning there could be interest in their players when Benitez probably has his plans for the season in place, and it will be irritating for the manager to edit them while the season is in progress. 

Newcastle manager Rafael BenitezNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez

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