Benitez Ready To Use Every Player Who Is Committed


Rafa Benitez is getting some decent players back from injury and two who returned and played on Sunday against Sunderland were Chancel Mbemba and Papiss Cisse – so that was good to see and we thought Chancel in particular looked good at the back for Newcastle.

Two other players who are now fit and training with the first team squad are fringe players Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, and Rafa seems to have been pleased they are back in training with good attitudes and working hard.

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Gabby Obertan – fit again

Rafa was asked in the Chronicle today if the two of them have some part to play for Newcastle through the end of the season:

“Yes, for sure, they are working hard. They are listening to us and trying to do what we are asking them. I think you can see the commitment from everybody.”

“We can’t complain about anybody because they are working hard and they are ready. And even when they have little things going on they are ready to train and impress.”

“We’ll see how the other strikers are. Obviously, he’s training and it’s good news for us.”

Both Gabby and Sylvain are expected to leave Newcastle when their contracts run out at the end of June, but there´s  no reason why they cannot help Newcastle stay in the Premier League.

In particular, when Obertan is on form he can be a very good winger who can set up chances – so we are not too surprised that Rafa says the two of them can still play a part and help Newcastle.

Papiss Cisse being fit comes at a very good time for Newcastle and Papiss himself seems very keen to help Newcastle – so we need to see Papiss somewhere near his best and he could get a good few goals for us in the final eight games.

That´s what we need – goals to win games.

Two other players we hope will be fit for the game at Norwich are captain Fabricio Coloccini and left-back Sadio Haidara – and both could possibly start that game.

It will be good to get these players back – and now the challenge will be to keep them fit.

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62 comments so far

  • Mag52

    Mar 23, 2016 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Obertan could be the dark horse in our outfit who might just set up a few goals for the likes of Mitro and Wini.
    I’ll long remember that header, early in the season, set up by Obers and finished off by Wini. What a cracker !

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  • WWSBRD

    Mar 23, 2016 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #2

    Good impact sub but won’t start any games I’d imagine Sissoko is our best player and Townsend is a driving force moving forward, Gabbys pace late on in games could really benefit us though

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  • Wayayman

    Mar 23, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Hail, from last post. I admire your positivity. 😉

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  • John Akomfrah

    Mar 23, 2016 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #4

    good koko might not start

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  • Bambams

    Mar 23, 2016 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    For all the negativity within the club we can play in parts…Even under Mac at times I could see improvements on the pitch – problem was they were too few and games apart.

    Now under Rafa I genuinely believe for the first time since SBR we have a manager who is going to change our results and not just sit in the dugout with fingers crossed.

    I think our biggest problem is our movement when in possession. There clubs sometimes have three, four or five players in the box during attacks – we are lucky if we have two. Which brings us back to the negativity from previous coaches who were too afraid to be beaten so set up a defensive team. Goals win games, more chances we create more chances to score.

    It ain’t worked sitting back, I am not suggesting ‘gung-ho’ Football but we need to stop being so lazy and back up our strikers AND get back to help the defence.

    Long one this for me !

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  • robertsleftfoot

    Mar 23, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #6

    WWSBRD – Good impact sub but won’t start any games I’d imagine Sissoko is our best player !!!!

    Are you having me on?? Sissoko has under performed week after week yet somehow has managed to keep his place for no other reason than reputation and we are crap.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 23, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #7

    It would take more than a miracle to keep this lot up. I’m all about rebuilding in the summer for the championship looking to bounce back to premier league at first go.

    If rafa can keep us up it would surely be another golden lining in his already world class CV.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 23, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Ww

    That made me laugh nearly as much as the image of master multiple getting mounted 😉

    Sissoko the best player and alien heed having an impact.

    The only impact I’d imagine him having is when his face hit the ground after tripping over the ball.

    That’s after obviously forgetting the ball in the first place. Then forgetting he’s actually playing football.

    Sorry mate but he’s poo.

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 23, 2016 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Mag52

    Yeah that was good. I seem to remember a goal in a 1-0 win. Might of been Leicester last season.

    In near 6 years that’s it.

    Sad really but we definitely got sold a pup with him.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 23, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    After watching the Super Striker video, I hope the Norwich defenders are the same as those ones.

    Obertan was looking very good before his last spate of injuries.

    If Rafa can reduce the injuries our lot seem prone to then some of the supposedly rubbish players might actually turn out to be ‘Good’ ?

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 23, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #11

    Mag52 / Essex

    Oberton couldn’t save nectar points never mind us

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 23, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Anyone know if Curtis Good is still injured?

    Just wondering if he could end up being a left back option seeing as we have no one else currently fit unless someone makes a come back

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  • Average_Contents

    Mar 23, 2016 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Egb

    Sorry mate but you can’t polish a turd.

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  • davis_toons

    Mar 23, 2016 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Jonas Gutierrez lawsuits will cause some negative effects on the players. Comes at the wrong time.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Mar 23, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #15

    We’re missing a flair player. Ben Arfa is a player that would’ve kept us up. Marveaux should be given a chance. He creates great chances. Doumbia needs to play.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Looks like Sterling is out for the rest of the season so wont be playing us when City play us in a few weeks

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Greetings hombres. I just wanted to say it’s good to see the giant heed back with us. Back in training, racing down the wing losing the ball, running around, losing the ball, then racing off the pitch. Beautiful.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #18

    If we need someone to lose the ball and run around a lot then Obertan is our man….

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #19

    You can polish a turd A_C mate, but when you’re finished it doesn’t look much better…..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #20

    I’ll give you an example of a polished turd A_C. Obertan…. someone has clearly tried to polish Obertan.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #21

    So Ashley says he wishes he’d never bought us? But now we’re stuck with each other. Why is that Mike? Just sell up. Forget you ever went to Newcastle. Forget you ever hired a bunch of idiots to run a football club. Forget about us and we’ll forget about you. Come on Mike, you can do it.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #22

    So let’s go over this again together. When you’ve finished polishing a turd what do you have? It’s Obertan. Right then, now we can move on. Harrumph.

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  • Wayayman

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #23

    Balloon Heed back in training? he’s been utter bobbins for us for the most part, but that first time cross for Gini’s debut header against the Saints was superb. He was finding some forma nd consistency before he got injured.
    Marveaux on the other hand is a bottler, he’s (rightly) not played for us since the start he got against Everton when he pulled out of a 50/50 in the middle of the pitch then pulled out of an 80/20 in his favour in the same game.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #24

    All of you critics of Obertan might well be right, I don’t have enough enthusiasm for the guy to raise a good defense for him but I don’t think he’s as bad as you are all saying.

    I certainly wouldn’t object to him coming on the final minute of our final game to score the goal that kept us up same as that other (supposedly) washed out player did last season. Then he can get his phone call!

    Oh and by the way I seem to recall reading that somewhere, India or China, that turds were actually used to make jewelry.

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  • hibbitt

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Essex Geordie Bill

    suppose you still believe in santa as well……. LOL

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #26

    You can’t polish turd but you can roll it in glitter

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  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Do we have 11 committed players for Rafa to form a team? It did not look like it on Saturday.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #28

    We played on Sunday jimeley

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  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Essex Geordie,

    Its probably true because neither India nor China is that well off. Good use of turds. Mind you they can spend dosh on nuclear weapons.

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  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #30

    Shirebrook,

    See what I mean? The game has passed me by already. Best forgottten. We looked a yard slower and only came into the game when they sat back in second half.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #31

    Jimiley

    Yes watching the game was like pulling teeth mate we didn’t look up for it until they sat back 2nd half

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  • jimiley

    Mar 23, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Guti reckons the club totally ignored him when he had cancer. The club denies it. I know who I believe. I believe Penfold and nice Mr Pardew. Terrible timing for team moral. I wonder what Rafa is making of it all and Mashers telling everybody there is no money and buying the club was a mistake. Still think you made the right decision to take on the job from hell Rafa? No sympathy now mate as you took the silver shilling.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    I pointed out that he was photographed by the Chronicle, I think in the last pre match training session given by SMC.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #34

    it’s great news that obertan is fit in time to save our season. That’s timing that is.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #35

    I heard that SMC used to only do three training sessions, or maybe it was give the players three days off. Does anyone recognise this and knows where the article is, may have been an interview with Lascelles.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Well we have a few glitterballs around the place. A proper disco.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki

    Almost as great news as Rooney being ready to start every game at the Euros.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Lindisfarne, you’re right there was one in October last year, one in… December I think, and we had one in Feb.

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  • Tsunki

    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Rooney yeah woop woop our best player.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 23, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #40

    jimiley

    The King has no time for trivialities like dying and to be fair Penfold probably offered him a biscuit, which is a big thing for him.

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