Rafa Gets Tough – Lays Down Law To Sissoko And Wijnaldum

Rafa Benitez wants to keep Moussa Sissoko and Gini Wijnaldum at the club for next season and his reasoning is that they were in the side that helped get us relegated and they need to take responsibility for the club and help Newcastle get promoted back to the Premier League  first time.

Since they helped get us where we are – they need to help  get us out of it too.

That’s rather than leave the club when it is in difficulty, which a lot of professional players do these days.

When things get tough at a club they want to leave.

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Gini Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko

Moussa is still with the France squad and he’s likely to be involved in their tough semi-final against Germany on Thursday night in the Euros 2016 tournament.

Moussa had a good game against Iceland and if he doesn’t start on Thursday, then he should get some playing time as a sub in the second half.

Rafa can be very tough with players when he has to be – and we could see that in operation this summer with his two wantaway stars in particular.

“If we don’t want to sell anyone, we don’t have to sell anyone,”

“We understand that the market is quite difficult and someone will maybe come in with a big offer for a player. Then we have to analyse whether we say yes or no.”

“But at the moment we will say no to everyone.”

“To go from the Premier League to the Championship is not easy for anyone. I understand that Sissoko and Wijnaldum need some time to analyse the situation and understand where they are.”

“But they need to take their responsibility too – and try to do their best to change the situation.”

“In this case, it would be to do well, get us promoted back to the Premier League and everyone will be happy.”

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far


    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #1

    can see a couple of hissy fits coming if rafa stands his ground!lol

  • NUFCPaul

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #2

    If France win the Euros then I think we should cash in on Sissoko. We might get some big money for someone who helped them to win it. Can’t see him being bothered about playing in the Championship when he couldn’t be arsed in the Premier League.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Sissoko –

    “But I want to play for Arsenal!!!””

    Wijnaldum –

    “Damn you, Benitez! Now look at what you’ve done to him!!!”

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #4

    As we don’t need any more midfielders we can sell those two clowns for 40 million and the use that money for defenders, when that’s done then our squad will be completed and ready for the season, as long as this drama don’t last until the last day of the window like previous Windows when we didn’t have the time to replace then i will be happy.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t afford to have any drama queens this season.


    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #6

    aye welsh,either dont let them go at all or let them go early to get replacements in….dragging it out wont hurt them,just newcastles chances of promotion.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Telling these guys u got us relegated, now u get us promoted is the perfect way to deal with this situation. It’s no less than they deserve. Only way they can avoid it is a big offer bails them out.

    Rafa had really shown he’s got balls.

  • chubtree

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #8

    He’s bloody right to want them to get us out of it. Gini turned up in less than half of our home games and none away and Sissoko gives you about 10 minutes every 5-6 games if the sky cameras are there. He did however play much better once Rafa arrived. If we get 15-20 mill for Sissoko let him go and anything over 20 mill let Wijnaldum go.


    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #9

    tbh if they were to leave i dont think i’d be to bothered if replaced…they could stay and dominate in that league,score plenty of goals and increase there confidence and reputations…but there ego’s wont allow them to give it a go…maybe the thought of failing in that league as well is to much of a worry.

  • geordie157

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ll take a guess that sissoko leaves, along with cisse and tiote.

    Wijnaldum stays along with riviere, gouffran, saivet, de jong, thauvin and janmaat.

    Hopefully we offload ameobi

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 5, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #11

    I tell you what guys i hope this don’t turn in to a drama like West Brom and berahino, difference is i suppose we have got two whining players to put up with.


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