Rafa Benitez has again come out and said that those players who want to leave Newcastle will only be allowed to leave if it is in the best interests of the club.
Some of that is that Newcastle must be able to replace them – preferably before they leave the club so we do not put the squad in jeopardy.
Putting the squad in jeopardy has been done a few times in the past when we sold players like Andy Carroll and Yohan Cabaye for huge fees and then simply didn’t bother replacing them – but kept looking at how good the bank account was.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager in training
Unfortunately in football strong bank accounts are not worth too much on the pitch.
Rafa will allow players to leave, especially if their hearts are not with Newcastle, but he will put the club as the first priority and not the player.
This is what the Newcastle manager has said today:
“Some players – maybe we will need them, and they will have to stay.” “Some players we will know that we can replace them for good players and they can leave.”
“But it depends on each one, the positions, the offers – a lot of things. In the end it depends on us, so we have to decide if we want to keep a player or not.”
“But what I want is players who are 100% convinced they have to stay here. They have to compete and they have to win.”
“If we cannot do that now, maybe they will need one month, maybe two months, to realise where they are – but no rush.”
Newcastle have already lost Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum, but the club did get £38M for both of them and we have already replaced Townsend with the excellent Matt Ritchie.
Papiss Cisse has left and Moussa Sissoko and Florian Thauvin are very likely to leave in the next week (or two) and Newcastle are getting good deals on both players.
Cheick Tiote is also another who may be on his way out and that’s why Newcastle are said to be close to signing a number of players, who will be replacements for these players.
Only today there’s news we have bid for Hull City’s powerful midfielder Mohamed Diame.
Rafa also wants to ensure he can replace the players before he lets them leave.
Here’s our transfer business so far this summer with estimates of the transfer fees.
|Matz Sels||£4.5M||KAA Gent|
|Dwight Gayle||£10M||Crystal Palace|
|Jesus Gamez||£1.5M||Atletico Madrid|
|Ciaran Clark||£5M||Aston Villa|
|Mohamed Diame||£4.5M||Hull City|
|Daryl Murphy||£3M||Ipswich Town|
|Christian Atsu||Loan - season||Chelsea|
|Transfer Fees In||£54.5M|
|Gabby Obertan||Released||Anzhi Makhachkala|
|Steven Taylor||Released||Portland Timbers|
|Fabricio Coloccini||Released||San Lorenzo|
|Andros Townsend||£13M||Crystal Palace|
|Papiss Cisse||£2.5M||Shandong Luneng|
|Florian Thauvin||Loan - season||Marseille|
|Siem de Jong||Loan - season||PSV|
|Kevin Mbabu||Loan - season||BSC Young Boys|
|Henri Saivet||Loan - season||St. Etienne|
|Tim Krul||Loan - season||Ajax|
|Gael Bigirimana||Free||Coventry City|
|Adam Armstrong||Loan - January||Barnsley|
|Emmanuel Riviere||Loan - season||CA Osasuna|
|Jamie Sterry||Loan - January||Coventry City|
|Haris Vuckic||Loan - January||Bradford City|
|Sammy Ameobi||Loan - January||Bolton Wanderers|
|Moussa Sissoko||£30M||Tottenham Hotspur|
|Transfer Fees Out||£85.5M|
Newcastle are holding an open day today at St. James’ Park and on Friday we have our first real test with a game at Fulham to kick off the Championship season.
We need to win that game and we then have eight days before we host Huddersfield Town in our first home game – which is expected to be a sell-out at St. James’ Park.