Will Rafa Let These Two Star Players Leave This Summer?

The two Newcastle players most likely to want to leave Newcastle this summer, now that we are in the Championship, are Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko – the player who thinks he should be playing for a Champions League side but has contented himself with being at Newcastle for just over three years.

Moussa will be playing for France in Euro 2016 – and if he plays well Newcastle may even be able to get the £20M they want for the player and quite honestly if a club bids that much we should sell him.


Gini Wijnaldum scores penalty against Spurs

And in L’Equipe on May 19th they stated that Moussa had no intention of playing in the Championship next season and West Ham are one of the Premier League clubs said to be interested in the player.

Both players didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory in our away games last season and there’s a question mark if we do keep them whether they will bother turning up at places like Burton Albion and other clubs with small  grounds in January. when it’s really cold and pouring down with rain.

Probably not.

Gini’s agent Humphrey Nijman wasted no time in saying his client has to think about his future, once Roma had said they were interested.

This is what Nijman told RomaNews:

“Wijnaldum’s situation right now is very simple,”   “Newcastle have been relegated to the second division, so now the player has to think about his future.”

“At the moment I can’t say any more, and I can’t talk about negotiations. Roma are a great club, one of the best in Europe.”

“How much would he cost? I can’t answer that, it’s the club that decides a player’s price.” “I only take care of Wijnaldum’s contract.”

That sounds like Gini’s agent trying to push the move.

Agents generally are keen on moves for their players, not because it may be good for their client, but it’s definitely good for the agent, since they get paid when they negotiate a new deal.

That’s only one reason agents are becoming a big problem in the game of football.

Pochettino was at the Ireland – Holland game last night in Dublin to see the 1-1 draw.

Wijnaldum started the game and was withdrawn after 82 minutes for striker Luuk de Jong.

Luuk scored Holland’s equalizer three minutes later and Wijnaldum had one of those games when he was hardly seen – much like he played for Newcastle in away games last season.

We’re not sure if Pochettino was taking a look at Gini since he sat alongside Shane Long’s agent – and Shane scored Ireland’s goal after 30 minutes and looked good.

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Rafa Benitez and Moussa Sissoko

We wouldn’t be too upset if both Wijnaldum and Sissoko left Newcastle this summer, but it’s completely  up to Rafa Benitez and of the two we think Rafa would want to keep Moussa rather than Gini.

Rafa made Moussa his captain and was impressed with his 100% work ethic in training, but he dropped Gini after that Southampton debacle when the Dutchman was nowhere to be seen.

They are both good players for sure, but they certainly didn’t pull their weight last season – and if they stayed then maybe the same thing would happen in the upcoming season.

That would be a concern.

It will also depend on how much they want to leave and if they are adamant that they want to leave Newcastle  they should go.

If Rafa does sell them he can use the money to bring in some new players to replace them.

We like that alternative.

What do you think?

155 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Jack Root has the same hotlink as Sack Llambias. Ian is up to his old tricks again for some reason.

  • bettyswallocks

    May 28, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think Jib knows as much as he tries to pretend. He’s been winging it.

  • Back Door Man

    May 28, 2016 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Jack Rootvegatable – what you’re witnessing is a primeval struggle of a strangely unique intensity between a group of old blokes screaming and shouting at each other through toothless gobs.  This handbags war of attrition, exemified by numerous self-defeating rows, is obviously choreographed to the point of anaemia by some effete marshal.  There’s something mildly nostalgic about this herd of old bullocks slugging it out in the face of growing audience indifference and of course there’s a slight campness to the enmity.

    But, but, but … BDM is providing an irreverence desperately needed here and if some view this with distaste, tough tatty (see what I did there? … but with apologies to Arthur Ransome, no Jib he didn’t play for Arsenal in the 1950s).

  • goosegog

    May 28, 2016 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #4

    need to get rid of janmatt,sissoko,gini,tiotte,cisse and tayler sharpish,sissokos price will drop after the euros as he maybe the worst footballer ive ever seen in a black n white top

  • Average_Contents

    May 28, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #5


    Exactly my thoughts.

    Oops. We seem to be the borg.

    How dare we think similar.

    Fcukoff jack/Ian/Carl.

  • lesh

    May 28, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #6


    You’re crowing cos Jib’s been found out!

  • Munster Mag

    May 28, 2016 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    Hope hull win as bruce is always good in this league. I dont see a whole lot to worry about here though except more muscle and running power than we have.

  • Ron Knee

    May 28, 2016 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Sheffield W finished 15 points behind Brighton and yet they could get promoted!

  • NoahJ

    May 28, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #9

    we don’t have room for passengers next season, and wijnaldum and sissoko are both passengers.

    If we got £30m for the pair I’d be happy and that money could be used to invest in a squad capable of turning up and handling the championship. sissoko can go and probably end up on stoke city’s bench, and wijnaldum can disappear, as he tends to be so good at doing that

  • hibbitt

    May 28, 2016 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #10

    if we get 30m for that pair I’ll be amazed

  • bettyswallocks

    May 28, 2016 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Lesh…. I feel a bit sorry for him as he’s had a fair bit of stick today. He dishes out plenty though so it’ll do him no harm.

    He’s got one of those diseases from kissing birds, “Chirpes” It’s a form of canarial disease and its untweetable.

  • Munster Mag

    May 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #12

    30 mill for those too. Are u mad??

  • Munster Mag

    May 28, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #13

    1 nil hull

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #14

    What’s with the Jib bird jokes, what’s the bird brained rugger know nowt doylum said today?

  • Ron Knee

    May 28, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Enter Pardew’s pal.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #16

    And who the fcuk is this BDM and what’s it all about.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Just seen a post from James Keith saying Collocini should be given a testimonial, firstly I’d have to ask, considering he hasn’t been here ten years what on earth has he done to deserve one and secondly, would more than 5K turn up. That would be pretty god damn embarrassing and O think one of the reasons Shola never got one.

  • Oldgit1

    May 28, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #18

    I reckon we would end up with 40 mil for both these players, in any case it’s for Rafa to decide but fairly sure if the price is right for him, then they will go but only on his terms. That is what I like about the man. For those that disagree, remember they are both seasoned prem players and the clubs that buy them will have money to burn.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 28, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #19

    Old Blackas is in the Algarve. Second day in the hotel gym and the cord snaps on the lateral pull down. The weights crash and old Blackas heaves the bar down onto his heed. Not much damage done but Old Blackas is not best placed to comment, other than to moan about a sore heed.

    Anyhow, old Blackas, against his better judgment has taken to the drink and has been posing poolsude all afternoon. The hotel manager is a Real Madrid supporter. Old Blackas tries to strike up a rapport, and mentions Rafa. Just now, old Blackas, who rarely drinks, comes back to the apartment to find a bottle of champagne, a plate of fruit and a letter, which reads:

    “I hope that today has been a better day. We are delighted to have you and we will help you have a better stay.”

    “PD. I don’t like Rafa Benitez because he doesn’t understand what Real Madrid means, hehe. But I think he is a good coach.”

  • Mister Tuff

    May 28, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Jack Root = Ian Toon.

    I’ve read that many of his drivel posts he has the same enemies, the same message, the same phraseology – absolutely no doubt about it.
    He up to his old multiple tricks again despite folk asking him to desist.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #21

    No offence pal but you are way off the mark if you think either of them will fetch 10M each. They’ve done nothing to make thelselves really in demand and clubs will know that they’re the type of shite houses that will spit the dummy and try and force a move. Unless there is a hist of clubs wanting their inconsistent and surly performances then expect a long drawn out affair with 10M tops being paid.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 28, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Some don’t half talk shite on here, speaking of which, back door man previous post, what the frig are you banging on about.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    May 28, 2016 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Been in the bar. A group of about 12 Spanish locals grab a guitar and start singing local songs. Just a random group of punters. They sing like birds. Every one of them. All different yet harmonious. All sorts of local folk songs for about two hours. Spain 10 v 0 England. Absolutely brilliant. But I’m not happy. Puts us Geordies to shame.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 28, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Nice to see Steve Bruce back in the premier league, well done Steve.

  • Mister Tuff

    May 28, 2016 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #25

    The Chronicle has done some research in respect of NUFC TV appearances for next season and what we may expect.
    Full article reproduced for those fans overseas :-
    Newcastle United on TV in the Championship: How to watch them – and when games will be.
    The Championship may not be broadcast as frequently as the Premier League, but Newcastle United will still be on TV next season.

    Newcastle United are no longer a Premier League side but at least some of the Magpies’ matches will be broadcast live on television and radio in 2016-17.

    True the Championship, and the Football League in general, is not broadcast anywhere near as extensively as the Premier League, but there will still be 148 games shown across the English second, third and fourth tiers next season.

    Rafa Benitez’s Magpies will certainly be one of the prime attractions as well given that the Spaniard is a world-renowned manager who was standing in the dugout at the Bernabeu as recently as January.

    But who will show the games? Which radio station will you be able to listen to? When are the live-broadcast timeslots? And will you be able to watch Newcastle live if you don’t live in the UK?

    Here’s the extensive guide to all those live broadcasting questions and much more:
    Can I watch Newcastle live on TV in the Championship next season?

    The Magpies may have be missing out on the exorbitant Premier League TV revenue deal, but they will still be on the box next season.

    Sky Sports owns all the right to Football League matches for the 2016-17 campaign – and 92 Championship matches will be screened in all, including the play-offs.

    What’s more, second-tier sides are guaranteed a minimum of two home matches to be broadcast live – so at the very least Newcastle will be on live on Sky Sports twice next season, though they will likely be shown far more frequently.
    When are the main slots for Championship football shown?

    There are three ‘main’ Sky Sports time slots for Championship football during which games are shown most which, and there are also two ‘secondary’ slots which are added in every now and again.

    The main slots are:

    – Friday, 7.45pm

    – Saturday, 5.30pm

    – Sunday, 12.00pm

    The secondary slots are:

    – Thursday, 7.45pm

    – Monday, 7.45pm

    What’s more, during the festive period, on bank-holiday weekends and when there are midweek fixtures, games can be shown on different days and in alternative timeslots.

    When are time changes announced for matches?

    The original fixture list for the Championship campaign will be released on June 22, but then it will change over the course of the season due to games being selected for live broadcast.

    Initial TV selections for August and September will occur late-June/early-July.

    Then, throughout the course of the campaign, games are usually selected to be shown live around six weeks in advance.

    However, sometimes matches are changed at short notice – with Leeds United only informed a few days before their games for a couple of time alterations throughout the course of this season.
    What about a highlights show? Is there a Football League version of MOTD?

    There is – and you can catch it either on terrestrial or paid-for TV.

    Sky Sports shows highlights of the Football League on a Saturday evening, as well as on a Sunday morning and at regular slots during the week.

    Also, Channel 5 air all the goals from 9pm on a Saturday night (or during the week if there are mid-week fixtures) on ‘Football League Tonight’.
    The FA Cup and Capital One Cup are on TV too, aren’t they?

    They are indeed.

    BT Sport (25 matches) and the BBC (16 games) split the FA Cup coverage, so you can even watch that competition on terrestrial TV if the Magpies turn their woeful recent record around under Benitez.

    There’s also a highlights programme on the BBC after every round.

    In terms of the Capital One Cup, Sky Sports show 15 matches a season live.

    Both Sky Sports and Channel 5 also provide highlights of each round.
    How many times were Newcastle on TV last season in the Premier League?

    The Magpies were on TV on 16 occasions in the Premier League throughout 2015-16.

    In fact, only seven sides were televised more frequently than Newcastle.
    What about individual Championship sides? How many times were they on live?

    Leeds United and Derby County were shown live on TV 15 times each, and the top Championship sides tends to be screened on 10 occasions or more.

    Newcastle with Benitez at the helm will likely reach those sorts of figures for games broadcast live.
    What about if I want to listen to Newcastle on the radio?

    BBC 5Live and BBC 5Live Sports Extra are the only national broadcasters of live Championship matches, and they will commentate on an unspecified number of matches.

    However, BBC Newcastle are expected to continue to cover every United match live.
    I don’t live in Britain – is there any way I can watch Championship football?

    Don’t worry – Football League matches are shown just about all across the world on a variety of channels.

    Whether you live in the Balkans or Botswana, you should be able to watch at least some Newcastle games live in the Championship.

    The Football League are currently in the process of updating the specific details for which broadcasters provide coverage in which country or continent.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 28, 2016 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Who wants to do a bet with me this evening, i bet anyone £50 that Madrid will win, anyone up for it.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #27

    Were they plumbers, bricklayers and accountants or had they all just left a Spain’s got talent show. ?

  • Mister Tuff

    May 28, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Hope Athletico win – long shot I know – especially after Ronaldo slagging off the Toon and Benitez

  • welshgeordie9

    May 28, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Hope there’s goals, can’t be doing watching a boring 0-0.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Mister Tuff,
    Did he though, are you just going from what Jibberish said?

  • Back Door Man

    May 28, 2016 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh no, Jail sneering at the impertinence of BDM’s questions and comments.  I’ve always thought you were one of the ‘good guys’.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #32

    I’ll give you fifty quid if you promise to sling your hook and post on the Swansea blog where you belong!

  • Back Door Man

    May 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Got back from a couple of days away and spent a little time sorting through the flotsam washed up on the blog’s rocks whilst I was away, and what do I find but a pile of untreated sewage; so a flashback to last week.

    Those posts drip fed by Tsunki and bettybollocks and directed against the angelic BDM last week were vitriolic, nasty and beyond inappropriate.   I’d rather have my doctor’s vinyl covered middle finger rummaging for my sphincter followed by his camera up my jacksy than read and respond to their drivel but hey, here goes … duty calls.

    The sooner this gruesome-twosome double act, a low rent version of Cannon and Ball, realise blogging ain’t real journalism, that it’s only fifth-rate data management fed to us by nincompoops for nincompoops – that it’s just reporting for lazy, morbidly obese folks who live in their pyjamas or pink polyester shell-suits then the sooner they’ll stop being snots to the gorgeous BDM.

    They both appear to have been fastened permanently to this place by some hairy-arsed Govan riveter or a bit like limpets on a sewer outfall pipe suckin’ the goodness from the passing brew, when they should be out earning a crust.  I’ve mentioned before that I have other stuff  to do so only ‘pop in’ occasionally to review … unlike them I don’t usually lurk here all day and all night, so there can’t be immediate replies from me to their challenges.

    Tsunki’s unpleasant one spark imagination campaign against the sensational BDM is back-firing so badly … a bit like my clapped-out Qualcast huffin’ and splutterin’ over my dog piss scorched lawn.  Fortunately for the intellectually cretinous inhabitants of the blog, among whom Tsunki is an exceptionally proud goose stepping member, all they have to amuse themselves with is a meaningful daily relationship with Five Fingered Mary.  Oh, and the real highlight of their week is polishing the brass buttons on their ill-fitting jim jams or pickin’ their noses whilst trawling the throbnet to plagiarise phrases to hoy back at me.  Obviously, I’m also so pleased that bettybollocks has found her true vocation … cleaning-up after Tsunki the pantomime zebra (see what I did there?).

    So my plea, like a globule of hockle from my toothless gob, is please, please, please Matron, hang DNR notices above their beds.

    And finally, none of this stuff is alpha-jostling or real but a self-deprecating and linguistically playful kitsch strumalong on my banjo directed at probably decent, sometimes funny(I liked T’s pop at Bruce posted a few days ago), usually interesting fellow bloggers.  For those in the remedial stream that means it’s all meant in fun.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #34

    Think what you may, I don’t like your style!

  • welshgeordie9

    May 28, 2016 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #35


    Kiss my arse, i will do what i like.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 28, 2016 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #36

    Sorry jail i shouldn’t have said that.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    May 28, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Sissoko and Gini will easily fetch £12-15 mil each, particularly given that we don’t need to sell.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 28, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #38

    What i should have said is kiss welshies arse.

    Ha ha ha

  • NoahJ

    May 28, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #39

    cant see ashley selling wiji for less than the £15m+ he signed him for. sissoko, however poor we all know him to be, is still a france international held in high esteem by the media, and with 3 years left on his contract; if we couldn’t get anyone better than him for the same amount, then what’s the point of selling him if we’re not compelled?

    so, yes, £30m is not ridiculous

  • Back Door Man

    May 28, 2016 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #40

    And another thing … I’m suprised that Martoon had to Google the word “gulag” after Jail had used it the other day.  I had presumed that most folks here had read a couple of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s books, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich and The Gulag Archipelago after I had recommended the author in that essential reading list I posted a couple of months ago. 

    You’ll all recall the aim of the list was to encourage folks here to broaden their cultural hinterland to help raise the standard of what appears on these august pages, so we don’t have to witness the predictable pearl-clutching and head scratching which preludes the disgorging of the same exhausted tropes.


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