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Benitez To Be Very Active In Summer Transfer Window

10:09 pm, Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

It looks like Rafa Benitez will be very active in the summer transfer window and according to the Chronicle  will bring in five or six new players.

But when you consider the number of players who will leave – admittedly a lot of fringe players – Newcastle need to build up the numbers again this summer.

Rafa will want the biggest squad we’ve ever had under owner Mike Ashley, so the team can adequately get through the tough 46 game Championship season – and get promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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Rafa Benitez – wants five or six players brought in

Newcastle have already ended the contracts of Gabby Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux, who are now free agents after five years at the club.

Remy Cabella will also be sold to Marseille on 1st July for 8M, according to multiple reports.

And when Rafa finally announces the retained list – maybe in the next day or two – Steven Taylor is expected to be released and it’s almost a certainty that Fabricio Coloccini has also played his last game for Newcastle United.

The loan deal of Seydou Doumbia has ended and it’s likely that Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran will be moved out with both having just one year left on their contracts.

Emmanuel Riviere is also likely to be sold or moved out on loan.

So that’s about nine players who could leave the club this summer, so it’s not that surprising if Rafa Benitez wants to build up the squad with say six new players.

Rafa will also add some youngsters to the first team squad and they will include at least Adam Armstrong and Jamie Sterry, who made his Premier League debut against Tottenham in the final game of the season.

If we can keep Curtis Good fit, then he could be one to figure next season, after having serious long term injury problems since he made his debut for Australia back in early March, 2014.

Returning youngsters Sammy Ameobi, Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic are unlikely to be part of the first team squad next season  and could be sold or loaned out again.

Rafa could bring in some Championship players this season, but today he said he wants players with passion, commitment and quality to make a difference for Newcastle in the Championship.

That sounds about right and the players could come from anywhere – including some from Spain.

Bottom line – we expect Rafa to significantly strengthen the squad by the time September rolls around, so we can mount a very real push for promotion in the coming season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



Tags: Coaching · Contracts · Newcastle News · Premier League · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours




29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Jun 2, 2016 at 10:24 PM

    BandB, from previous – I would truly hope that he is pushing at an open door. He wants to go, NUFC should be willing to tear up his contract to allow him to do so.
    Does Colo want it badly enough to walk, for free, with no payment?? Or will he try and demand they pay up his Contract?
    I think he will try and get the payment, but can’t see Rafa endorsing that to be honest!!

  • 2 Bobbybee // Jun 2, 2016 at 10:31 PM

    If Collo is prepared to just leave, then it’s down to Rafa if he stays. If Rafa thinks we can live without him, surely he’ll let him walk? Why would he hold him to contract if he doesn’t need him?

  • 3 jimmysmith // Jun 2, 2016 at 10:35 PM

    I don’t imagine the Collo situation presents a problem that won’t be easily enough resolved. If he wants to go, Newcastle would surely be happy to release him, considering his fitness concerns, personal situation, and he’s on an extension that in hindsight might not have been that great a bit of business.

    If he is fit and focused, he remains useful for one more season, but with his wife and kids back home, it would be self defeating to hang around otherwise. He’d be marginalised, and in a miserable limbo. Benitez won’t allow him near the squad, unless he’s fully on board.

  • 4 Bobbybee // Jun 2, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    http://sportwitness.ning.com/forum/topics/mitrovic-speaks-to-portuguese-press-sporting-have-dream-to-sign-n

    This is the whole none story. Mitrovic was either phoned, or doorstepped. It wasn’t an interview. He gave pretty standard replies and ended it after speaking twice. There’s no club connection. I think he was being polite in his comment re sporting, nothing more. Cheap tacky journalism, nothing more. Mischief making, nothing more. Give the lad a bit more credit. He finished the conversation asap when he twigged he was being set up.

  • 5 WWSBRD // Jun 2, 2016 at 10:46 PM

    Bless Colo he thinks it’s because of his age he needs to leave? Am sure theres plenty who will tell him the real reason(s) if NUFC needs volunteers

  • 6 Munster Mag // Jun 2, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    We deffo need action, and soon. Rafa’s hit rate with Liverpool is apparently aboit average in terms of signings, but not good for players at the sub 5mill end of the market, so we have to hope that improves, Maybe Carr can help, assuming he distcjes the feeble French winger from Mondial lark, or defenders who cant defend , Like Santon and Mbiwa ( Pardew was 100% correct on this, and Marveaux and others but in fairness was never given credit ) . If Rafa had said Santon had awful positional awareness ( 100% correct) , we would all be saying how wise he is. Similarly, if McClaren had made the same pronouncements as Rafa pre season, we ould all have been saying what a clever man he is, and we know how untrue that was! We need a lot of signings unless we keep the deadwood and the sub motivated, but I thik that’s what Rafa will do because he thinks he can motivate guys like Sissoko and Wiji over a full season, and I don’t think this is possible with such selfish tools. I trust you Rafa, but I have seen zero so far in terms of a sea change at NUFC. Can anyone tell me why we are keeping Beardo and Co ????

  • 7 Bobbybee // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    Munster mate, give him chance 😉 If a player wants to go, but he wants to keep him, that could take time. He’ll only start recruiting when he knows what he needs. The academy and U21’s can be sorted before pre season. Priorities.

  • 8 jimmysmith // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:00 PM

    I think players like Janmaat and Santon were he still around, can defend, but often don’t as well as they are capable. Benitez can fix that. It’s mostly about discipline and positioning with the pair of them. Getting forward and being creative in the final third is far more difficult to coach, but is a big asset in a fullback.

  • 9 Munster Mag // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:05 PM

    Jimmy, Santon was useless in terms of delivery of important balls in the opponents halves too. He was good on the ball, but thats about it. He was an awful player defensively , and indicative of how poor our defenders have been, when guys on here rate him. What would we have made of an Ashley cole in stripes, or that everton right back from Donegal who’se names eludes me?

  • 10 Munster Mag // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Bobby, would you keep Sissoko or Wiji if we got 15 mill for each? I wouldn’t – not if we invested the 30 mill in 3 x 10 mill players. These guys will disappear. And re the coaches, why should NUFC keep the serial underachievers in charge of our kids. Why does Rafa want to keep them – assuming he has full control. Why would he keep guys who have developed a losing culture at every level??

  • 11 jimmysmith // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    Coleman. Yes, both great going both ways.

    Santon didn’t get round the back to well, but was good cutting inside. He did link well in the final third, and I don’t think he was rubbish defensively either. He needed better coaching.

    He was among a few that didn’t cover themselves in any glory when he seemed to not to want to put in a shift that season a couple back we were on the beach after the Christmas fixtures. I think that clouds peoples judgement.

    I’m not suggesting he’s Ashley Cole level, just that he would be an asset to us were he still here and under Rafa.

  • 12 Bobbybee // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    Munster, i don’t want anybody here who isn’t committed 100% to us. Either does Rafa, so I’ll leave that to him. He’s probably not had chance to look at the u21 and academy yet. He’s got plenty to do for one man. The academy can wait i imagine, but rest assured he will look at it thoroughly. That’s when heads might roll.

  • 13 Tsunki // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    This “jobs for the boys” lark goes beyond a larf.

    Whether its Moncur or Beardsley what on earth is the club doing retaining ex-players who are free lunching on past reputation, when they are clearly neither use nor ornament. Its Football Business not Football Friends ha ha.

  • 14 Bobbybee // Jun 2, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Anyway, i’m reading a very good book i want to crack on with. Later.

  • 15 RonVanDam // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    The club should keep Colo and let him run down his contract. We need players with championship experience and cooler heads. Plus if will be foolish of him to leave if he has to buy out his contract. He should bow out with his head held high by helping the club get promoted.
    Players like Mitro, Winni and Townsend being linked to Sporting Lisbon and Roma. Both teams dont like to pay huge transfer fee’s and i dont think they’ll be able to match the wages they are currently on. If these players want to leave for the sake of personal development and being available for international selection, it would be best to loan them out and get them next season when the club get promoted. If we fail to do so then we will have no option but to sell. It will be interesting to see where we sit on the championship table when the Jan transfer window opens and the type of players we’ll be able to attract.
    We should start the season like we finished and created a huge gap between us and the 2nd placed team as we push for promotion as Di Matteo will come charging with AV like he did the last time we were in the Championship season with WBA

  • 16 Essex Geordie Bill // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:29 AM

    I think the ‘C’ word should be banned forever from the blog it’s getting really monotonous and boring.

  • 17 Mister Tuff // Jun 3, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    C for carl. Yes get him banned -good idea.

  • 18 RonVanDam // Jun 3, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    The problem why we couldn’t defend was because Pardew and SM wanted us to play more modern football where RB and LB’s would run down the flanks like wingers and burn out.

    Look at what Reneiri did at Leicester, he went back to basic’s and got it right. Defenders played like defenders and would make ocassional runs and let the midfielders control the 2nd and 3rd quarter of the field. Their goal was to get 40pts, played tooth and nail to grind out win’s and before you know it, with that same mentality they became title contenders and eventual winners by playing as a team where everyone knew their roles. Thats what we need to do next season. Focus on 1 game at a time and rest will follow.

  • 19 Average_Contents // Jun 3, 2016 at 1:56 AM

    So, according to ed’s calculations, that’s 9 players gone and only 6 brought in.

    For a season with more games.

    Not excluding our diabolical injury record, sounds fantastical that.

    Music to Jeffreys ears.

    Who needs more players. Certainly not nufc. No Sir.

    Fcukinell ed man ffs! We need more not less.

  • 20 chicousa // Jun 3, 2016 at 2:06 AM

    One player we parted with last fall who has voiced or tweeted interest in possibly returning to NUFC is Mehdi Abeid. I think he played decently when given a chance, and that was under the dubious coaching of Carver and Pardew. Under Rafa he could develop into a decent DM.

  • 21 chicousa // Jun 3, 2016 at 2:09 AM

    Re: Mehdi Abeid
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/mehdi-abeid-wanted-top-european-11143789

    🙂

  • 22 nufc 11 // Jun 3, 2016 at 4:09 AM

    Instead of spending 12million on McCormack they should offer 12 million to Southampton for Austin just asprolific in championship and younger.

  • 23 Santon03 // Jun 3, 2016 at 4:43 AM

    I think Colo is good player, I don’t mind having him for championship or as backup rather than Saylor. He made some mistakes, who hasn’t? He was under bad managers, the whole team didn’t perform and the results are few years fighting for relegation and finally relegated. The only weakness I see in him as a captain is he is too passive, too quiet lack of leadership, he can’t organize the team when defending or rallying the team. I don’t want him to be a captain but I want him to stay if he could. It will be great to end his career here. He is definitely the wrong choice as a captain. Even Sissoko is better captain, but he only showed up maybe last 4 or 5 games, probably trying to get attentions from other clubs or national team, also not a captain material.

    The only Captain material we have is SDJ, but he is unfit almost entire season.
    Rafa definitely need to find a captain.
    I would prefer we get players out of contract or loan with option to buy, doesn’t matter the age. Also our youngsters need to play, Arma, Aarons, Satka, Sterry, Heardman, Gillead, etc.

  • 24 chicousa // Jun 3, 2016 at 5:51 AM

    Yeah, I would like to see Siem DJ get a run of games. Aside from the freak eye injury, this past season he was relatively fit. But he did miss the the entire 2014-2015 season with one knock after another. Not sure he has ever got back to 100% match fitness. But he has shown glimpses of quality. Captain material? …. not sure, would have to see.

  • 25 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 6:40 AM

    This
    Mikel Antia chap doesn’t seem afraid to talk to players.
    Just the ticket for an assistant.

  • 26 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    Bosnian Miralem Pjanic , the Roma midfielder , has a $36 million Euro release clause that has caught the attention of both Chelsea and Barcelona.
    If he goes Roma see Georgino Wijnaldum as his replacement !
    They could be making Rafa an offer he can’t refuse.
    Both Holland and Bosnia/Herzagovina failed to qualify for Euro 2016 so this could be one of the first deals of the Summer.

    Will Rafa use the dosh on a replacement or strengthen elsewhere on the park ?

  • 27 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    The obvious place for Rafa to focus his attention on in the next few weeks is Euro 2016.
    However that task may be left to Graham Carr and others.
    The Centenary Copa America is running at the same time and Benitez may wish to check that out also.

  • 28 LGFUAD21 // Jun 3, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    My biggest fear for next season is the lack of depth which is vital in the championship.

    Its a gruelling league and we don’t have the best luck with injuries.

    We have a starting 11 not far off but after that I worry.

  • 29 Jib // Jun 3, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    I can see Krul being enticed away by Pardew.

    If Wijnaldum , Janmaat and De Jong leave , that just leaves Anita as the other Dutchman.

    He will not be anything like automatic first choice here , which he probably would at Palace.

    If he wants a return to the Dutch squad the PL is the place to be.

    After such a long lay off he’ll be desperate for regular game time.




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