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Rafa’s Clearout At Newcastle Is Far From Over

12:17 pm, Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

Rafa Benitez is transforming the Newcastle squad this summer and players are leaving the club who are simply not good enough for the Magpies.

Since the summer Newcastle have seen Sylvain Marveaux, Gabby Obertan, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Remy Cabella and Papiss Cisse all leave the club and a number of those players should have left Newcastle well before now.

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Manu Riviere – surplus to requirements

Rafa has brought in six good players for £34M so far and we lost Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum for a combined £38M in transfer fees.

So while we wanted to keep those two very good players that’s really good business for Newcastle United.

But there are still players at Newcastle who could be moved out before September rolls around.

Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Gael Bigirimana have proved over the last couple of years they are simply not good enough for Newcastle and could again be moved out on loan for next season before their contracts run out next summer and they leave Newcastle.

We haven’t heard much at all in preseason about Manu Riviere, who didn’t make the Ireland trip and has turned out to be another failed French import who cost us £6M from Monaco two years ago.

And other players who could leave the club this summer include French midfielder Yoan Gouffran, who still has one year left on his contract and Cheick Tiote, who may still end up in China before September rolls around.

Three players we may lose if big enough bids come in are Moussa Sissoko (please get rid of this player), Florian Thauvin and Daryl Janmaat, so we do expect Rafa to have to bring in a few more players yet, with potentially the nine players above still to leave Newcastle this summer.

Rafa has said he wants to get the transfers sorted out at Newcastle just as soon as possible, so we have a settled squad so there could be a lot of movement of players in and out of the club in the next few weeks.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Championship · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nufc-83 // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    Just put a ton on Arsenal to win the league at 6-1 with the hope that mahrez will sign. It it falls through I will be gutted

  • 2 jazzyp // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:24 PM

    The money is there Rafa.. Let’s get the lads in and for once let’s start the season in good shape, Rather than the usual chaos that ensues every season

  • 3 jazzyp // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:26 PM


    What would you have got for both Nufc and Arsenal to win there respective leagues ??

  • 4 toontaff2 // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    GOLLUM has taken over at the stadium of shyte!

  • 5 Nufc-83 // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Bloody hell Jazza I really like that bet now

  • 6 Nufc-83 // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:30 PM


  • 7 Nufc-83 // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:31 PM

    18-1 that is bloody hell

  • 8 Spoof // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:39 PM


    I don’t think that we are too far away from having a good well balanced squad, keepers are well covered, fullbacks we have Gamez and Dummett who are the two likely to start, a big question mark over Janmaat and I do expect him to go, but we still have Sterry, Mbabu and Haidara for cover with Anita and Colback in emergencies, granted not a great deal of experience there but ample enough for cover, CB’s we have 3 good ones in Hanley, Lascelles and Mbemba with Gamez, Dummett and Hayden who could cover in emergencies, the two anchor man positions are well covered as well, even if Tiote does move on we still have Colback, Hayden, Saivet, Anita and Shelvey, strikers again I feel we are ok especially when you consider that Rafa usually starts with just one, Gayle, Mitrovic, Armstrong and Perez for me is more than enough and if we can’t get rid of Riviere then we may have him as well, for the championship Riviere may be able to do a job there.

    Whats left is the attacking midfield three, assuming that Sissoko goes and having already lost Gini and Townsend with Ritchie being the only addition that is the area which I feel we need to address, apart from that area I would suggest that we are pretty much fit to go.

  • 9 Veltmann // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    The defense looks young with less experience.
    Still concede cheap and easy goals.Might worth keeping Tiote for a season to give good cover.
    Ian Toon reckons zonal marking is the best solution for a young defence like this.

  • 10 WWSBRD // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:41 PM

    I don’t think we will lose all the players mentioned in 1 window

    Moyes at Sunderland is a big move for them very good manager and they’ve never been shy of backing their managers in the past, big budget and some good players to build around. Think they will survive now

  • 11 jazzyp // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:50 PM


    I agree with most of what you say bud,But take out Gayle and Cf wise we are in the exact same position as last season.i know on paper we are in an inferior league, But we couldn’t hit a barn door. Proof was in the pudding in the first half as we were as wasteful as ever .

    Even tho I thought Gamez looked solid when he came on. I would like us to bring in a reliable and dominant Lb,Rather than playing players out of position.

    The Newbie as yet that looks a top player in the making has to be Hayden.Playing just in front of Lascelles as a Dm should be more than adequate for the Championship

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