After the friendly game at the Keepmoat Stadium last night which ended in a 2-2 draw Rafa Benitez talked about transfers both into and out of Newcastle.
The manager played two wantaway players Florian Thauvin and Gini Wijnaldum, who is reported to be close to joining Liverpool although he couldn’t say too much about the actual situation.
Rafa Benitez arrives last night at the Keepmoat Stadium
Benitez also talked about the potential Grant Hanley signing being very close – he is on Tyneside right now taking his medical and we expect an announcement he has signed some time today.
This is some of what Rafa said after the game last night:
“I can’t really say anything other than that we will have to wait to see what happens,”“He (Wijnaldum) is still our player and that means he has to be ready for us.”
“If something happens with Liverpool, we will know in some days. But until something changes, we will continue training and working with him, and we will continue playing him in the games.”
“It looks like his (Hanley’s) transfer could be close,” “But we still have to wait because in football you always have to finalize things. At the moment, it is still a case of waiting with him.”
Newcastle showed their same old frailties in the first half of last night’s game when we gifted Doncaster two goals.
One after 19 minutes through a poor Matz Sels goalkeeping error and then on 45 minutes when our players were asleep (again) following a Doncaster corner.
But we came back in the second half with two goals although the equalizer from Ayoze Perez came late – in the 90th minute.
Looks like we need a strong physical presence at the back like a Grant Hanley – so he will be a welcome new signing today.
Next up is KSC Lokeren in Belgium on Saturday afternoon.
|Club||Location||Date and Kickoff||Result|
|Bohemian||Dalymount Park||Saturday, 16th July|
|Doncaster Rovers||Keepmoat Stadium||Wednesday, 20th July|
|KSC Lokeren||Daknamstadion||Saturday, 23rd July|
|Southend United||Roots Hall||Tuesday, 26th July|
|SBV Vitesse||St. James Park||Saturday, 30th July|