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Newcastle Training Photos From Wednesday

11:11 pm, Wednesday, July 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

Rafa Benitez is ramping up the training at Newcastle and here are some of the training photos from Wednesday.

The latest news on the transfer front is that Jesus Gamez, a 31 year-old highly rated full back at Atletico Madrid turned down some Premier League clubs and is almost certain to sign for Newcastle.

He is expected to be Tyneside on Thursday to sign for the Magpies.

The fee should be around £5M with Jesus having just one year left on his contract and it looks like he will be a great signing for us – a very good and reliable defensive full-back.

benitez tiote training

Rafa Benitez directing operations

training 1

Kevin Mbabu and Florian Thauvin watched by Rafa

karl darlow training

Karl Darlow sharpening up in training

training 2

Siem de Jong with the ball – others want it?

jonjo shelvey rafa benitez training

Jonjo Shelvey talking to a smiling Rafa Benitez

siem de jong - aleksandar mitrovic training

Aleksander Mitrovic having a cheeky word with Siem de Jong

matz sels training

Matz Sels on the ground in training routine

antonio gomez perez training

Assistant coach Antonio Gomes Perez

ikel antia assistant manager training

Newcastle assistant manager Mikel Antia

franciso de miguel moreni training

Newcastle Fitness coach Francsco de Miguel Moreno

ian cathro training

An almost smiling Ian Cathro – assistant coach

Tags: Coaching · Newcastle News · Other News · Training Ground

53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:17 PM

    manx – no warnings.Clearly Ed would not warn an honest poster but he did issue another general reminder earlier on about blog behaviour – inserted at the end of one of his threads.
    My radar however is working at max output as I smell mischief.

  • 2 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    welsh – unusually I agree with you about CR7’s goal celebration – standing legs akimbo then thrusting his arms down by his sides – into a rigid pose.
    Do not know if it has a name or copied from someone else – seen it before though -cannot remember who did it.
    Cocky and arrogant at its’ worst.

  • 3 NUFCPaul // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:23 PM

    Where’s spoof? Don’t let him see these training photos otherwise he’ll be on here whining about how boring they are again.

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:27 PM

    Mister Tuff

    After what Ed said today forget about previous posts, no hard feelings, as for Ronaldo, he’s so far up his own backside its unbelievable.

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:29 PM

    Hopefully we will hear some news tomorrow about that Spanish full back, signed up would be nice.

  • 6 lesh // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:30 PM

    Mr Tuff

    Maybe Ronaldo’s pose reminded you of Eric Cantona’s Gallic arrogance?

  • 7 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    ah rite tuff just thought you were acting very weird lol
    nearly normal 🙂

  • 8 bettyswallocks // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Welshie………. Before the tournament qualifiers began you would have taken semi finals. If they keep finding players then Wales won’t be just there to make the numbers up in future tournaments. Coleman is a very good manager.

    I think Bale tried to do it all by himself tonight and most of his passes were over hit. Maybe the occasion went to his head. Oops sorry did I mention his head.

  • 9 manxpie // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    ronaldo wants his own celebration on the next fifa
    problem is its shite but he’s probably the kind of guy that has so many arse suckers they tell him how brilliant it is

  • 10 bettyswallocks // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Mr. Tuff ………. Ed didn’t say we can’t post funny vids and have a laugh.

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:39 PM


    The thing is about tonight, it’s just didn’t click, against Belgium we had chances and put them away, but tonight the passing was not there, that final ball, but you are right, for once bale tried to do everything on his own, could have done with Ramsey tonight with his passing to help him.

  • 12 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:47 PM

    betty – but we should not offend others who do not have a similar sense of humour – or erm eh or possibly no sense of humour at all.
    Or even possibly a hatred of specific individuals humour – they probably laugh their socks off but then complain. Usual suspects.

  • 13 Mister Tuff // Jul 6, 2016 at 11:52 PM

    Want France to win it now but the bloody Germans will probably switch into machine mode and win.
    Portugal will not win it.
    Good thing if France win and Sissoko does not make any gaffes he’ll be away – hopefully at a decent price.
    Still cannot see how some say he has played well – he’s been average at best.

  • 14 bettyswallocks // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM

    Welshie ……… Focus on the toon now. Onwards and upwards with Rafa doing the steering.

    Mister Tuff…….. I’m sure you’ll remain you’re own man and retain your sense of humour. Don’t really know who has upset you but it seems to have got to you.

  • 15 Mister Tuff // Jul 7, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    Betty – I remain resolute- nobody on the blog effects me at all – take it in my stride. There is a reasonable mix of good posters, those good at tactics, those with good assessments of players, plus a range of folk with other general knowledge input both about football and “general knowledge”. There are equally just a few idiots/those who have hissy fits/faux victims – more like gnats who need the occasional swat.

  • 16 jimmysmith // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    Well done Wales, who obviously missed Ramsey, one of the players of the tournament, but overall gave us so much pleasure. Have always admired Ronaldo, but do agree his goal celebration is embarrassing, and surely must stop taking those wasteful freekicks, but that leap and header was sublime, and his workmate exemplary.

  • 17 expatmag // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:16 AM


    Just as long as you remember that you are my bitch……

  • 18 Back Door Man // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:28 AM

    At least we were spared the inarticulate mutterings from Glenn Hoddle in the co-commentators chair during the match.  Whenever he’s on I have to turn the sound off on the telly … I really can’t stand listening to him.  Mind, that Welsh fella they had co-commentating almost sent me into a trance with his monotone Mogadon voice.

  • 19 Back Door Man // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    The ‘fighting’ taffs just didn’t turn-up;  it was a fairly insipid performance by comparison to the Belgium game.  Too cagey, too slow, too many misplaced passes (Allen and Bale especially).

  • 20 Mister Tuff // Jul 7, 2016 at 1:56 AM

    expat – well I really do not know what to say about that. I won’t engage in anything I’m not comfortable with.

  • 21 expatmag // Jul 7, 2016 at 2:18 AM


    Hmmmmm…….where has your sense of fun gone to?????????

  • 22 expatmag // Jul 7, 2016 at 2:20 AM


    Shame about the result tonight. I had tipped you guys to win. Anyway, congratulations on a great tournament and putting those dozy overated Poms to shame

  • 23 Rafa Revolution // Jul 7, 2016 at 2:21 AM

    Cathro looks like he smelt a fart

  • 24 funlovingexpress // Jul 7, 2016 at 4:44 AM

    Jail and NUFC Paul
    With respect to what you said about the defence in another post I don’t see where you are coming from.

    It’s pointless going on about having a bad defence for the last five years when Lascelles only arrived last season and Mbemba hasn’t been there five years.

    I said we needed cover.

    I also said Mcclaren didnt pick his best defence so its pointless saying how many we conceded for us to go down.

    Mbabu, Mbemba, Lascelles and Jaanmaat is a very very strong defence and also a pacy and intelligent one.

    Then you look at Anita and Dummett and you know that although not spectactular they will do a job.

    The likes of Collo and Taylor should never have been picked and they have been to blame for our poor record in recent years.

    As I say, we have a strong defence but we need extra cover.

    If you Pick our worst players, as previous managers have done, then we have a weak defence.

  • 25 funlovingexpress // Jul 7, 2016 at 4:55 AM

    Just want to say well done to Wales.
    They did Britain pround.
    People go on about there being not enough English players because of so many foreign players but Wales have shown that to be nonsense.
    England struggle because they always take players who have just came back from injury and others who are not in form.

    They also go out of their way to play any other way but the English way.

    The last two times we had a successful time in competition on the world stage was under Sir Bob and Venables.

    Both attacked the game and played in a way that their players did for their clubs at the time.

  • 26 cyprus // Jul 7, 2016 at 5:49 AM

    Rafa is truly omnipercipient if he can watch those two from the back of his head 🙂

  • 27 Veltmann // Jul 7, 2016 at 5:56 AM

    Gamez at 31 looks a bit old to me.Couldn’t they move for a younger option? Apparently Tottenham want Wijnaldum, so they could have tempted away Trippier from them as part of the deal.Gamez looks a straight replacement for Janmaat,who may end up in Italy.

  • 28 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

    Take away the last five years when Mbemba and Lascelles weren’t here. We still conceded 65 goals last year. Mbemba has a lot to learn, Dummet isn’t good enough for the first eleven. The back up to that defence is made up of Haidara, Anita who isn’t a defender and youngsters who hardly have a first team game between them We do not have a strong defence without another three additions.

  • 29 Jib // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:06 AM

    Bobby Bee is going to be frustrated !
    Rafa has given a big hint that he considers Adam Armstrong isn’t ready and needs another loan period.

  • 30 Jib // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    I wonder how Ivan Toney is progressing ?
    I hope Dwight Gayle stays healthy.

  • 31 nut meg // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:09 AM

    Rafa wants and needs more experience in the defence to form a solid base. he’s building a squad to give us the best possible chance of promotion at the first time of asking.
    As the saying goes …..forwards win games…defenders win titles.

  • 32 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:10 AM

    And what do you mean Mclaren never picked his best defence, you mean he played Collo over Lascelles. We simply do not have enough defenders to say we have a strong defence.

  • 33 Jib // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:26 AM

    Defence starts with the midfielders
    Saying we conceded X number of goals so get some new defenders in and solve that problem is way too simplistic a view of modern footy.
    I now doubt whether Colo was still injured by the time Rafa arrived.
    It seems to me that Rafa had a look at Colo and decided he wasn’t up to the rigours of PL defending any more.
    As funlovingexpress @24 says once the old Toon philosophy of players walking into the side on the strength of previous performances was abandoned the back 4 looked a much better unit.

  • 34 firebug666 // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:31 AM

    I think we have some good defenders, for me the problem has always been a lack of understanding at the back. When defenders are not picking up players, or standing with their hands on their hips as the ball comes in, you have to assume that they do not know what they are suppose to be doing or where they should be.

    Poor coaching, poor tactics, poor fitness and zero leadership cost us far to many goals.

  • 35 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    As Jib says, defending isn’t just about your defenders. Defending is a whole team process. Forwards, midfielders, defenders keeper. If even just one of those units doesn’t put the hard yards in then unless you have exceptional talents you are exposed.

    A lot of goals we have conceded over the last few years have come from midfielders and forwards not doing their job, as well as tactics that saw us launch the ball repeatedly to the opposition whilst we sat deep and invited wave after wave of attack onto us.

  • 36 Nufc-83 // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:42 AM

    Apparently Gamez is a more defensively sound full back. Don’t mind that as long as he doesn’t treat the ball like a bomb and provides an attacking outlet to create space for the likes of Richie.

  • 37 Nufc-83 // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:44 AM

    On why we conceded so many goals it was a combination of both pretty poor defenders such as Steven Taylor getting game time and tactics such as sitting deep and inviting wave after wave of attack.

  • 38 Jib // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:45 AM

    Rafa worked a minor miracle last season coming in and reshaping the side and giving the players a different mindset all with the backdrop of a relegation dogfight.
    The prospect of what he may now achieve with the pressure off and players of his own choosing is mouthwatering.

  • 39 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    We certainly need defenders in, and ones that are good enough to challenge for a first team spot, otherwise complacency sets in. Going into the season thinking Lascelles and Mbemba are the main two and the rest back up is a ridiculous notion. Lascelles has never shown consistency. He had a decent run at the back end of last year, but it wasn’t a large number of games.

    Mbemba is still very naive and cost us a number of goals. Young and will learn, but there has been zero interest from any other side in him for a reason.

    I’d say the main reason we started looking more compact and better organised defensively wasn’t due to the defenders being better, more to do with having Townsend’s work rate (to a lesser extent Perez), plus Tiote and Colback in front of the defence and playing in a better organised shape.

  • 40 Spoof // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:51 AM


    Lovely photo’s aren’t they—————— you cheeky bugger you lol

  • 41 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Don’t know much about this Gamez lad. Don’t even know if he has played a game of Atletico’s that I’ve watched. Still, if he has been considered an able deputy by Simeone and able to fit into that Atletico side and their ethos, then he should be a very good signing for us, provided he is able to adjust quickly.

  • 42 magscar // Jul 7, 2016 at 7:59 AM


    Spot on. Rafa went tactically for damage limitation and it may have worked given another few games. Shelvey was one of thee players sacrificed in that plan but may have had more game time if things weren’t so desperate. I expect much more flexibility in the team and personnel when we kick off anew. If he brings in experience then I don’t see Lascelles and Mmemba as automatic first choices much as I like both.

    Centre midfield is another interesting area for the reasons you mentioned earlier (defending as a team) but he will want to be able to launch attacks and I see possibility for Shelvey after a pre-season bring useful in utilising Gayle’s pace and movement.

    Obviously more changes to come especially if players do go although Rafa has a grip there that he hadn’t over Townsend.

  • 43 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Of course it’s a team effort and if the midfield throw the towel in you can hardly blame the defence. But it’s a pretty black and white debate between me and fle, he’s saying we have a strong defence. We had to play Sissoko at LB last year and we have let two first real regulars go. We do not have a strong defence.

  • 44 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Ritchie adds that work rate and team ethic to the midfield that was lost with Townsend, he also adds much better service into the box which will suit Mitro and Gayle. Personally I think we have a better player for our squad now, but I was never a fan of Townsend, so could just be biased.

    I do see Shelvey getting more of a role in the team, but I think only if he gets fitter and is more willing to work harder within the team. Without him doing that, it may well be enough for next season, but not longer term. If he can’t put more in, I think he will have to settle for back up again.

    I’d expect a midfielder to come in who can offer a bit more creativity than Tiote and Colback, but more bite and work rate than Shelvey. I think this will likely hinge on departures of (at least one of) Sissoko, Tiote, and De Jong. Could probably add Gini on there, but I think if Gini went he would be looking to a more attacking and creative player who can offer width.

  • 45 Spoof // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    This what makes a good defence debate is interesting and I have to agree with fle, Jib and LG, it is a team effort and a unity which makes a good defence, in my opinion you could have the best 4 defenders in the world but if the set up regarding the defence,midfield unity is not there then they will concede a shed load of goals, whereas ordinary defenders who are in a good set up will not concede that many, look at when we came fifth, defence was our strength up till the new year but those same defenders were dreadful the following season and the difference was the unity, for me good defenders don’t make a good defence but they can make a good defence an exceptional defence, it’s all about the set up amd the unity.

    I know and I do apologise for harping on about it but for a defence to work really well they have got to be disciplined and put the defence first, the gap between the defence and the midfield has not got to be to wide, the defence need to move forward together, the wide men and the front men have to close players down and rush them, in a daft sort of way Peter Beardsley was possibly the best defender we had in the entertainers team because he would hassle and hound giving opponents no time at all to settle into a rhythm, this all makes for a good defence and this is why I don’t rate the likes of Janmaat, Haidara and Santon when he was here as they weren’t disciplined enough to form a strong defensive unity, for me they are way to cavalier, great entertainers when they were bombing forward but for me they were not effective at what there primary job was which was to defend.

  • 46 Lilongwe Geordie // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Yeah, I wasn’t weighing in on your debate with FLE with my post as such, more expanding on Jib’s point as the rest of the team should be apportioned just as much of the blame for our poor defensive record.

    I agree the defence isn’t strong, it has needed strengthening for a long time, but the goals against column more represents the whole team and tactics, than the individuals at the back.

    Personally I’d move Haidara on, his fitness record is appalling, and when he has played he hasn’t looked outstanding enough to be prepared to just have him for a handful of games.

    Jesus Gamez has spent the last 2 years covering both sides for Atletico based on Transfermarkt’s positional info, so he could be being signed for left back with Janmaat staying right back. If his arrival signals Janmaat’s departure, then we still need a left back and probably 2 centre halves.

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Forget about GA, when you have to play a primarily right sided midfielder as your LB because your options are so limited then it would suggest your defence isn’t an area you’re strong in. Dummet’s injury record is questionable and Haidara hasn’t been the same since that thug committed gracious bodily harm on him. Jaanmat clearly needs competition to keep him on his toes and Mbemba and Lascelles are still learning. We do not have anything in the locker at the moment to address that.

  • 48 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Lilo@39. Agree completely about Lascelles and Mbemba and I said as much the other day. They are works in progress, and we need at least one experienced centre back if not two.

  • 49 Spoof // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:29 AM


    from what I can gather Gamez is a right back who can cover left back if needed, we do need cover as has been mentioned but due to other clubs who were interested in him, notebly West Ham and Everton then realistically I would expect that Gamez has came to be first choice, so where does that leave Janmaat, I doubt that he would settle for being cover so I expect him to move on, so where does the cover come from, with a winger who tracks back and works hard as Townsend did Anita done ok, granted we don’t now have Townsend but Ritchie is of a similar track back mould, we also have Sterry which would be a bit of a gamble seeing as he hasn’t really featured for us but Mbabu has and he did do well and that was as a left back and his preferred position is as a right back so for me I would not be disappointed to see Gamez as a straight replacement for Janmaat without another right back coming in as I do feel that between them Anita and Mbabu offer us enough back up for the league which we are in.

  • 50 Nufc-83 // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    We need competition at CB no doubt but for me the starting two should definately be Mbemba and lascelles (we need cover anyway for Afcon).

    Lilo you say lascelles did not prove himself in enough games well he played a large number of games in the championship and was rated so highly he trained with the Englan squad. He came into a side shot of confidence and in a dire state yet made an instant impact at Premier league level. He was solid not just definsevly but also provided an attacking threat which has been missing for so long i cant even remember the last player who consistantly troubled the opposition on set plays. He spoke up and put to shame all the so called big named players in our squad. We are now down in the championship so for me if he has not done enough to have the 1st choice cb spot his to lose then i dont understand what will be enough, his time is now!

    As for Mbemba the large majority of toon fans i speak to have been impressed with him including me. He is young and again came into a side who played so negatively and invited massive amount of pressure on them he was bound to make the odd mistake. It was his first season in the prem and CB is probably one of the most difficult positions to settle into. I think he done a great job myself and the champiosnhip should be a walk in the park for him.

    I believe these two should be 1st choice until they play badly enough to lose that spot (or the cover comes in and plays so well they cant be dropped).

  • 51 magscar // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:31 AM


    I was a!so dubious about Townsend when he arrived but he won me over quickly. Ritchie does look to be a more than adequate replacement with the bonus of wanting to be here.

    On Shelvey I am hoping a pre_season under Rafa can sort out fitness and his concentration. It was difficult for him under ,2 managers in a relegation battle and there were options for centre midfield especially of a holding file and Townsend was able to settle more easily into his role in the team.

    I think Colback will be kept at least for next season but Rafa may look to cash in on Tiote if he thinks he has already or can get an upgrade.

    De Jong not agitating for a move but could go and possibly one of Sissoko or Gini but only if Rafa desire it!

    Outgoings will be replaced possibly before they have gone ala Ritchie.

    It is good to have faith in the Club again and whilst Rafa is not infallible I trust him to get it right sooner rather than later

  • 52 Spoof // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:35 AM


    Yeah sorry mate, as LG said I also don’t view us as having a good defence which was your original point, your dead right we do need personnel but all I was suggesting is that four good defenders isn’t enough which you have acknowledged but that wastn’t the point that you were making, so as far as I can see we are both right and in agreement as we do need more defenders but we also need a structure to make us a good solid unit

  • 53 Jail for Ashley // Jul 7, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Why are people so adamant that Jaanmat is leaving because this Gámez is coming in, the whole purpose of buying him is to add strength in depth. He wasn’t first choice at Atletico, is he so corky to come in and expect a guaranteed start. I thought the “purple” policy was a relic of the past.

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