Benitez Likely To Let Some Good Players Leave This Summer

Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has today said he would like to stay at Newcastle for next season in the Championship – and help Newcastle get straight back to the Premier League.

Papiss turns 31 early next month and he had a poor season last term, scoring only 3 goals in 21 appearances, although he did play well after Rafa Benitez arrived at the club in early March.

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Rafa Benitez talks to Papiss Cisse during Sunderland game

This is what Papiss Cisse has said in The Sun today:

“We’re not a small team, I have a year left on my contract and I will stay put.”

“Newcastle are a big club and can rise again overnight. All the players know this and we will take the club back up.”

After the Liverpool game – when he scored early in the second half to start our comeback from two goals down, he showed his admiration for Rafa by saying the following:

“If Rafa Benitez asked us to run through a brick wall for him we would do it.”

So Papiss is just one of the players who were immensely impressed with the new Newcastle manager.

Newcastle are likely to bring in at least one good striker this summer and the man we have been heavily linked with is Fulham’s 29 year-old prolific Scottish striker Ross McCormack.

While Rafa will want the biggest squad Newcastle have ever had under Mike Ashley for the upcoming 46 game season, it’s a good question as to whether he will keep Papiss in the ranks, if Ross and maybe another striker comes  in.

Both Tiote and Cisse were reinvigorated players under Rafa Benitez – and it proved they were hardly bad eggs as was reported earlier in the season.

But of the two players we think Benitez is much more likely to want to keep Cheick at the club – and play the experienced midfielder in  one of those defensive midfielder positions.

It’s going to be a bit of a balancing act as to which players Rafa brings in and which players he will then allow to leave the club.

Rafa has been assured by owner Mike Ashley he can keep the players he wants to keep at the club – and he will also be given £20M in cash to spend this summer and he can use any fees we get from players transferred out, to bring new players in.

We could have a really strong squad for next season and at the very least we need to strengthen the defense and get one or two new strikers in.

So it could be difficult to keep Papiss at the club – and we could likely sell him for £5M.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    May 27, 2016 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    Cisse is a funny one.. His body language has always been totally at odds with what he says, well for the last 18 months anyway.
    He looks like he can’t be arsed, hasn’t a care in the world, and never learns a single thing.
    I count him in with the out the door club. New broom casualty if we sign a decent young honest striker.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 27, 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib Jibberish – Fixture Release Day is 22nd June and NOT the 15th June as you stated earlier.

  • Jib

    May 27, 2016 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Mr Tuff
    You are quite right
    For some reason I was looking at last season
    Let the the gloating commence.

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 27, 2016 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    so in the championship, its 46 games, plus cup runs… we’ll need a deeper squad, id think… best stock up, and then we can winnow out once were back in the prem

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    May 27, 2016 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    id like us to keep the following:

    mitro – he can learn his touch and terrorize the league
    tiote – need his stretngh
    shelvey – get him playing rafa’s way and he can be an impact
    wini – I just like him, and needs consisantcy

    janmaat can go
    cisse should go
    sissoko is a question mark for me… needs to turn up every game, and stfu about CL football, stop whining and get it at NUFC ffs…

  • funlovingexpress

    May 27, 2016 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Cisse is a premiership striker and will score for fun in the championship.

    McCormack is a good championship striker but is unproven in the premiership.

    McCormack will be 30 in August, Cisse will be 31.

    Toon fans want to pay £12 million for Mccormack but reckon we would be lucky to get £5 million for Cisse.

    How good would McCormack be if he spent most of the last 4 years on the wing, Only brought on when anyone lookling like they will set him up is immediately taken off and replaced with a DM.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 27, 2016 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    Jib Jibberish – no gloating from me at all.
    Thwacking your buttocks with my jacksie thwanging cane gives me no pleasure at all. I consider it a necessary duty.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 27, 2016 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    There is no reason we couldn’t get Mccormack and keep Cisse they are completely different players !!

    Cisse cant hold the ball , run the channels or link the play but he can finish and he should get a lot more chances in the championship so worth keeping till his contract runs out unless we can seriously upgrade

    Mccormack can play wide left , up front , has pace , scores goals , creates chances for others , scores free kicks . works hard and can finish very well so he would be a welcome addition to the squad at Championship level !

    People say “oh hes not premiership material” but neither were Deeney , Ighalo or Vardy until they got a chance and Mccormack has scored just as many goals in the lower leagues as them if not more goals !

  • Jib

    May 27, 2016 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    2017 Africa Cup of Nations
    14 January – 5 February
    Will this affect us much ?
    anyone else ?
    Only Morroco have qualified so far.

  • AncientC

    May 27, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Well, we know Sissoko is out the door after Euro 2016.

    It would have been good to get the goalkeeper situation sorted out; but what can you do when Krul is just back from injury with 1 season left on his deal. The occasionally talented, occasionally fit to play, Elliot, has a deal until 2019. I wonder if we are the first team to play the ‘three keeper shuffle’ strategy, for three seasons in a row. Unbelievable. There isn’t much you can do in such a situation but see it out.

    If Benitez has the final say on transfers, a few players may just have to suck it up, and train with the reserves if they don’t want to play in the Championship. Sissoko has let it be known he was going after the European championships nearly 2 years ago, his agreement will already be in place I expect, the rest will be at the mercy of Rafa.

    The club needs to be cautious of creating a side specifically for the championship. QPR are a good example of what can happen in you build a side tailored to the Championship. Redknapp constructed a side perfect to get out of the championship. A proven championship scorer (Austin) was added along with a few extra brutish signings, like Karl Henry to work alongside Joey Barton. It all worked a treat, until they had to play Premier League football again.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 27, 2016 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Its difficult to get out of the championship so many teams just dont seem to get the balance right for me I think we need a lot more pace , width and creativity so many games last season we played teams that we should have beaten comfortably and never laid a glove on them because for some reason we couldn’t do anything with the ball when we had it

    Villa home and away , Stoke home and away were just some of the games off the top of my head where the other team was there to be spanked and we couldn’t do it !

    A lot of the teams in this league will park the bus against us and make it difficult so we need players who can open teams up and battle to win the ball back quickly to keep the pressure on

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 27, 2016 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #13

    No Jib,
    You’re still a lickspittle that’s just the same as all the other links.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    May 27, 2016 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #14

    @ super shearer
    going off memory rafa didn’t really bring any youths through, although he did buy tonnes from all around the world. In his last few months liverpool appointed someone to take over the duty of youth scouting to sddress the problem and they then found shelvey and sterling. but liverpool were competing at nth top so it will be easier for youths to break into our team.

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 27, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Mr tuff said:

    “Jib Jibberish – no gloating from me at all.
    Thwacking your buttocks with my jacksie thwanging cane gives me no pleasure at all. I consider it a necessary duty.”

    Is there anything i won’t m@sturbate too!?!?

  • YouCouldn'tMakeItUp

    May 27, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16


  • Shadow_Shearer

    May 27, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #17

    I wouldn’t be to upset if we sold cisse. But I’d rather keep him on bench every game. He’s a striker who doesn’t contribute by holding up the ball, but lay it on a plate for him or set him up, & he is dangerous.

    Now imagine in a game we are one goal down, & chasing the goal, we have the momentum & have them on the back foot, wouldn’t cisse be the perfect man to bring on?? A chance or two is likley to fall his way.

  • isleofmanman

    May 27, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Get shot of Cisse.

    Man he speak with forked tongue to many white eyes

    Wonga shirt No. Casino gambling. Yes.


  • davis_toons

    May 28, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Cisse is willing to do the dirty job that Rafa wants him to do. Defending from the front. Close down players, pressurize players to make them go long ball.

    All these need someone who is willing and can run.
    I would keep him and still buy in a new striker.

    As long as other rotational backup striker are gone.


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