Rafa Talks In Detail About This Summer’s Transfer Window

Rafa Benitez has given part two of his exclusive interview with the Chronicle today – and he has talked specially and at length about the type of players Newcastle want to recruit this summer.

And it’s a balance between getting players in who will be good in the Championship for us and those we will need for the following season – when Rafa says we will be back in the Premier League – he specifically says we will be in the Championship for just one season.

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Graham Carr – working with Rafa on recruitment

Rafa has also mentioned working with Lee and Graham – and that’s one of the few times he has mentioned Graham Carr, but he says it’s a good partnership between the three of them and again has said they are making very good progress.

This is what Rafa has said about the type of player he wants to sign this summer:

“We have to think about the type of player who is best for the Championship, because everybody knows it is a very different league, more physical and it is tougher in different ways than the Premier League.”

“But also we cannot just focus on building a strong squad for the Championship, because we hope we will only be there for one season.”

“We have to build a squad that we are confident can help us out of the Championship and then can perform also strongly in the Premier League.”

“Having experience of playing in the Championship can be important, but it is important to have a mix of players who can each bring different qualities to the team.”

“Mentality, experience, skill, determination, how everyone works together for the team, all these things are important.” “I think I don’t need to talk about specific positions.”

“Our fans are very knowledgeable, they will know which positions we need to strengthen,  just like we know.” “We are working to strengthen positions in which we are weak, of course.”

“We have our priorities, we have our targets and we are making very good progress behind the doors.”

“I don’t care where a player is from, just that he is the right player for Newcastle United and for the squad that we want to build,” 

“I have good connections abroad and I am using those connections and working with Lee and with Graham – it is a good partnership and I said before we are making very good progress.”

Rafa has worked with players from all over the world, so it doesn’t seem to matter to him where they came from – as long as they are good enough – as he points out.

It is really going to be very interesting to see what players Rafa does bring into the club before September rolls around.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • davetoon

    Jun 10, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry was working 😛

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 10, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #3

    Bobbybee, something you said earlier about getting as good a player AS Sossoko to replace him? IMO he doesn’t have to be as good as him, just be a bigger influence on the team (and their results).
    I get a bit worked up over the cult of the individual, especially in team sports. The grafters and “water carriers” get forgotten about but the “superstars” would be nothing without their effort.

  • magscar

    Jun 10, 2016 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #4

    AncientC prev thread

    Sure Jib can say where he got it from but I was linked to it yesterday on FB on a site for YFNA (?) and passed on to others (what were you doing on Mackems message board? 🙂

    I suspect it is just an updated joke from the past but still gave me a laugh

  • MadisonToon

    Jun 10, 2016 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #5

    I don’t know if this has been brought up before, but I just saw Kolo Toure was released by Liverpool. Any thoughts on bringing him in for the season to teach Mbemba/Lascelles the ropes while also getting some time across the season?

    Seems an experienced mind that’s on the right track (unlike Colo) could be enormously beneficial. Now he might not want to come, but the thought crossed my mind and I wonder what other people think about it?

  • Goldmbemba

    Jun 10, 2016 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Is anyone else worried that with Rafa playing hardball over the likes of Sissoko wanting a transfer could sow discord amongst the players?

    Wouldnt want anyone who desperately wants a move to be a bad dressing room influence affecting team morale!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jun 10, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #7


    We do need an experienced head Liverpool are also making Skrtel available for transfer this season would rather have him Rafa signed him for Liverpool and he is a little younger than Toure !

    But yeah liking your thinking wouldn’t mind us signing the likes of Skrtel/Toure and also Caulker/Dunk leaving us 4 quality centre halfs for a change

    Mbemba can also play defensive midfield and he does this regularly for his country so could have some interesting options this season

  • MadisonToon

    Jun 10, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #8


    I think either might get a more enticing offer than Newcastle to play for, but I think Toure may not be too excited to sit on the bench for a Prem team whereas Skrtel could get playing time at a better place than a Championship side. Although I’d certainly take either one.

    We are losing our experience at CB now and having a bit of that brought in to help the youngsters grow would be a good move. Yes, Lascelles and Mbemba are the future pairing but the more they can learn, the better – I’d be worried that they wouldn’t reach their full potential if they are just given the starting spots and aren’t given the opportunity to keep learning by having an older more experienced player around.

  • G

    Jun 10, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #9

    With regard to the de Gea story, none of the other press streams seem to be running the story, other than links to the Sun. Either its a hell of a scoop on thier part, or its pony?

  • dannitoon

    Jun 11, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Everyone knows Carr is a the best scout it was just unfortunate and very stupid our policy didn’t accommodate players over 24… whu for instance picked up Payet as one of his recommendations… looking back… I’m sure P45DUE, LC and Cashly regret not sanctioning the moves for £11m boney and £12m PEA when they were offered to us…


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