Rafa Still Wants Four Or Five Players Brought In This Summer

Southend United manager Phil Brown has kind of spilled the beans a little bit when he was interviewed in the Journal today and said that Rafa Benitez told him he still wants four or five players brought in this summer.

That probably means Rafa still sees a number of players leaving Newcastle before September rolls around.

And Rafa wants to get promoted and also with the Championship, although that doesn’t come as a any big surprise.


Phil Brown – Rafa wanted to talk about football

This is what Phil told the Journal today:

“I’ve just spoken with Rafa – he came into the dressing room not for a beer,  just for a chat.”

“He’s just said to me that he still wants to bring four or five players in and yet you look at the squad there and he can boast what 22 to 24 players in the squad here – and every one of them can play in the Championship.”

“But he wants better, he wants to get promoted, he wants to finish first, which is every Newcastle fan’s dream to finish as Champions of the league.”

“But it’s not going to be easy by any stretch of the imagination. Everybody’s going to go to St James’ Park and it’s their cup final.”

“Everybody’s said that, and they’ve got to be mentally prepared for that.”

“Now listen, I’m a North-East man; I’m a Sunderland fan but I’m a North-East man so it’d be great to see Newcastle get promoted and see Sunderland and Middlesbrough stay up there.”

“We need to get the North East back on the map as a hotbed of football so it’s great to have three teams up there and challenging to be in the Premier League.”

“It’s a big year for Newcastle though, there’s no doubt about it.”

“There’s a lot of players at the club who are probably Premier League players, there’s no doubt about it, but it doesn’t matter; you’re in the Championship and your mentality has to be absolutely spot on.”

“I don’t need to tell Rafa that, I don’t need to tell Newcastle fans that – but sometimes the players need to hear that.”

We wouldn’t be too surprised if Thauvin, Sissoko, Tiote, Krul and maybe Janmaat all leave the club before September rolls around.

Phil is right that it would be very good for the region to have all three northeast clubs in the Premier League next May.

And yes – it’s all looking good for Newcastle right now, but after what has happened over the last two seasons we  take absolutely nothing for granted – with the emphasis on nothing.

Last year at about this time, after spending big money in the transfer market, there was one thing we were certain of – we wouldn’t be fighting relegation.


We will be very happy if we can get a win at Fulham a week on Friday and then we can take it from there.


Comments welcome.

75 comments so far

  • ToonRich

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #1

    Jib // Jul 27, 2016 at 3:25 PM

    ToonRich // Jul 27, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Just read (source; Daily mail)…Barca considering Perez as backup to their strike trio :/

    That’s like 6 weeks old !

    What search engine are you using !

    Jib, think you must be sleeping today mate…

    Been reporting this for past 8hrs (today)!!!

  • JamesToon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Quite exciting that Rafa still wants 4 or 5 players bouhgt in, interested to see who we get.

    1 left back, 1 defensive mid, 1 attacking mid, 1 winger and 1 striker.

    He wants the best squad, with a good hungry mentality, a balance of young, experienced, hungry, flair, hard working players.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ll keep re-posting this until the merry go round stops for the benefit of of late joiners to the blog who might be interested in a viewpoint of last nights game.

    Just want to ramble on a bit about last nights game at Southend.

    I was in the opposite end to the Toon supporters behind the goal and had a great view of the game.
    I was sat beside my mate who is a big bloke and a SUFC supporter who was even bigger so felt like a filling in a sandwich. The stadium is old and in my mates words really grim with very little leg room between the seats, but wasn’t too bad overall.

    I thought it was a good hard fought game and SUFC were a typical lower league team with good organisation and plenty of fight,. so didn’t make it easy for us which will probably be similar to many of our games this season.

    They had one player called A Trialist who seemed to be on and off the pitch for most of the game and I recko they must have used every player on their books during the game.

    The MOM award went to one of their players who must have been selected by his dad.
    The real MOM was Jonjo who covered every blade of grass in the game and was in no way like some the descriptions I’ve seen of him in this blog, he was positive, hard working and his passing and ball control was first class, very few uber passes attempted. Had this been a home game he would have been applauded off the pitch, I predict that if he continues in the same vein he will be a Tyneside hero this season and be playing for England.

    Lascelles ran him close and as my mate observed SUFC won next to nowt in the air, the whole back line were good and solid its going to be hard for teams to score against us with high long hopeful balls, our big weakness in the past.

    Dummet was good and both of the goals were well taken, Goufron on this showing could be the surprise of the season.

    Gayle for me was very disappointing and didn’t really show.

    Hanley looked like another good big-un.

    The game could have ended 3-1 or 4-1 one as Darlow pulled off a great save in the dying minutes and their goalie had a great game.

    I can’t see why Rafa was disappointed as SUFC defended doggedly and weren’t easy to break down all in all I think it was a good result.

    Oh and by the way the Toon supporters were great and in fine voice and could someone tell me what they were singing?
    Anyway that’s me done for a few more months.

    Back to work

  • JamesToon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #4

    However priorities should be:

    Gini replacement
    Sissoko replacement
    Left back
    Tiote replacement

  • JamesToon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #5


    Good review, mate, by the way if your wondering what the rafa benitez song it was: rafaa benitez, rafa benitez, benitezzz, chancel mbemba, f*** off wijnaldun, shelvey and perez!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #6

    I remember Rafa told me: “If you follow my instructions you will become a great player.”

    From Koulibaly who developed under Benitez at Napoli is now having Chelsea bid 38 million for his services !!

  • lesh

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #7


    Good to see you actually got to the match. Presumably your mate gave you a lift as you always seem to miss buses!!


  • Ian Toon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Alex Pritchard my nomination as attacking midfielder. Pochettino is singing the praises of 17 year old wonder kid Marcus Edwards according to press reporting from Spurs tour of Australia.

    This hasn’t stopped Daniel Levy holding out for in excess of £10 million for Pritchard.

  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #9

    A good review Bill but not as good as Ian Toons exclusive interview and match review for the daily planet.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #10

    I’ll be more than happy to be proven wrong mate, But I to am not really that impressed with Gayle. He hasn’t really showed anything as yet to Make me think he is going to be a massive success.
    But then again some on here think Gouffran will still be a good player to keep !!

  • Belfast

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #11

    He did look very good at Brentford under Warburton from what I saw Ian.

  • JamesToon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #12


    only pre season mate hopefully should see the real deal in the actual season, hes the kind of striker weve needed for a long time, someone with pace who will run in behind, but a mitro kind of player will be more effective against teams who park the bus

  • Moonraker15

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #13

    Thanks for the positive report on the Southend game. Did you report that you hadn’t been up to SJP in recent years? If so I recommend that you treat yourself and come up for a big game; it is a tremendous experience and to me there’s nothing like being there for a Toon win especially as we’ve now got a worldly manager. It makes the hairs stand up on the back of my neck when they play local hero before the start. Apologies if I’ve got it wrong ! Anyway I’m looking forward to the coming season and if Rafa gets us promoted, hold on tight for the following season! HWTL


    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #14

    i think we have enough def/mid in hayden,saivet,anita,colback even mbemba could drop in there if we get down to the bones…..we need creativity and wingers,possibly a quality left back if one become available….but creativity would be my priority.

  • Ian Toon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #15

    Belfast – Hiya Buster. I haven’t seen him play but Spurs fans rate him highly. Good to see you in person.


    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #16

    is it the open training session on the 1st at SJP?


    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #17

    i see nzogbia offered contract by the great unwashed,funny we were just talking about that this morning on here!lol

  • Wayayman

    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #18

    Springy, Yep. 9am open. 9.30am academy players & coaching session and the first team out at 10.30am. Should be good un for the kids.


    Jul 27, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #19

    cheers wayayman,thought it was, but a little unsure of me sell.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #20

    The way some go on about rafa is like he’s the 2nd coming, let’s hope 6 months from now you aren’t calling for his head!!

  • jazzyp

    Jul 27, 2016 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #21


    Hope ya right pal. Gonna need every man and his dog for this season.
    What’s all this chatter about Perez for 15 mill ??

  • JamesToon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #22


    dont think theres much in it, certainly not barca anyway

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #23

    Wasn’t the original story when Perez signed that both Barca and Real had been hot on the case, but he picked us because he thought he’d get first team football and develop better?

    Not sure why that would have changed in such a short time.

    Heck, he made that call with Pardew as manager.

    Maybe he doesn’t rate Rafa as the manager to develop him? (tongue firmly in cheek…in case it wasn’t clear)

    On thread, It’s good to hear Rafa still wants more, as we still need more (signings that is). A long season lies ahead and we still have a few within the ranks that have yet to prove they can last the season without considerable time on the treatment table.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 27, 2016 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #24

    N’Zogbia and the mackems deserve each other. He was a player I had no time for. One of these overrated Frenchmen who put in a shift when he felt like it. Big opinion of himself, but really he’s had a pretty average career when you look at it.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #25

    TOF…Only the very worst people on the planet “deserve” mackems.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 27, 2016 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #26


    Thanks for the info, have I misread your reply though, as Shelvey was brilliant as Phil Brown also said. Can’t see him being told to f…….. off, not last night anyway. Perez had a canny game as well.


    We walked to the ground from my mates house about one and a half miles. My missus and his sat in her little garden cabin knocking back two bottles of Prosecco and putting the world to rights. Very merry by the time we got back.

    Its on a to-do list.


    Did you go to the game, what did you think of it. By the way I managed not to get into trouble. 🙂


    Didn’t really see that much of Goufron or Armstrong for that matter as changes were happening fast and furious but his goal was well taken, given the chance I think he could shine though.

  • north_country_boy

    Jul 27, 2016 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Anyone else think Ulloa at Leicester maybe worth a punt? Might be a bit much to ask a Prem League winner to drop down a league but Rafa is a persuasive chap, only 30 but he’s just dropped down the pecking order after Vardy, Okazaki and Musa the new signing, scored plenty for Brighton in this league and prob wouldn’t cost the world?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 27, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Got to go friends turning up!

  • Yo-yo

    Jul 27, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #29

    EGB @3

    Thanks for that post.
    Here’s to another 4 or 5 players

  • Wayayman

    Jul 27, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #30

    Hi Essex Geordie Bill

    I was at the match last night wih my 13yr old son.
    Great atmosphere last night. Hard to judge tactically anything in these games but we did change tactics a few times even in the first half. Shelvey was always looking for Gayle who was trying to play on the shoulder of the last defender and but for better delivery would have been in at least 3 times in the first half.
    We seem to have a problem on the left… Who knew?!? Dummet was left with 1 on 1 when in possession and failed to take their fullback on each time. Aarons for some reason was coming infield rather than making an earlier run down the wing so Dummy could pass. Aarons did nothing to show he’s ready to start.

    Hayden is a very tidy player, likes a tackle and can pass well. Other than that, watching the warm ups was interesting, especially Darlow and Sels passing 60-70 yarders to each other. Sels was pinging in right to Darlow’s feet every single time.

  • Wayayman

    Jul 27, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #31

    North country Boy, I’d snap their hands off for Ulloa.

  • Tsunki

    Jul 27, 2016 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Shocked, stunned and not a little disappointed that Dummet is no more than a stolid defender. Evidently he is not our latest offering of a full back who should be converted to a winger.

  • Essex Geordie

    Jul 27, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Hi all

    Just wanted to support Essex Geordie Bill report on the game. I was there and sitting with the travelling toon army who were in great voice and I live the Rafa song. I thought the team played well within themselves and towards the possibly got a little bored particularly Karl Darlow. The stand outs for me were Hayden, Shelvey, Perez and all the defenders. Agree about Gayle and Aaron’s. Really looking forward to lighting up the Championship. Finally was great to stuff Phil Brown after what he did to us on the last day of the season when we last got relegated.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #34

    Tsunki…Personally I’m not a fan of stolid players. Show me the passion.

  • JamesToon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #35


    Ah, it meant to say “F off wijnaldum”!

  • JamesToon

    Jul 27, 2016 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #36

    Without anymore potential signings, what are everyones lineups for fulham? only 9 days to go cant wait!

    Mine: 4-2-3-1


    Lascelles (c)




  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 27, 2016 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #37

    Who was the name replaced in the Rafa song for Gini, last night?

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jul 27, 2016 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #38

    We’re expecting another 5 deals, but transfer news seems to be slow these days.

  • Toonces

    Jul 27, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #39

    LR32 they sang F___ Off Wijnaldum

  • carl

    Jul 27, 2016 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #40

    Permatanned Phil just couldn’t wait to blab what Rafa had mentioned to him. Guess he doesn’t have a captive audience anymore and craves the attention.

    We’ve sold 36,000 season tickets and had to buy today a £30 ticket in the Johnny Haynes Lower Stand at the cottage. Quite a few members but not season ticket holders have apparently done the same thing. This could well be a feature of the support home and away this season. Particularly if we get off to a good start.The things you do for love.

    It’s an interesting study though in human nature when you cast your mind back to the morons on here and elsewhere saying we were traitors to the NUST and Labour Club movement to buy season tickets and feed the destruction of our football club. Support the team and not the regime. We still get the odd waif and stray but much happier atmosphere prevails.


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