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Rafa Benitez Issues Another Warning To Wantaway Players

8:55 am, Monday, August 1st, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

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

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.

PlayerFeeClub
INCOMING
Matz Sels£4.5MKAA Gent
Dwight Gayle£10MCrystal Palace
Matt Ritchie £10MBournemouth
Jesus Gamez£1.5MAtletico Madrid
Isaac Hayden£2.5MArsenal
Grant Hanley£5.5MBlackburn
Ciaran Clark£5MAston Villa
Mohamed Diame£4.5MHull City
DeAndre Yedlin£5MTottenham
Daryl Murphy£3MIpswich Town
Achraf Lazaar £3MPalermo
Christian AtsuLoan - seasonChelsea
Transfer Fees In£54.5M
OUTGOING
Gabby ObertanReleasedAnzhi Makhachkala
Sylvain MarveauxReleasedLorient
Steven TaylorReleasedPortland Timbers
Fabricio ColocciniReleasedSan Lorenzo
Andros Townsend£13MCrystal Palace
Remy Cabella£7.5MMarseille
Papiss Cisse£2.5MShandong Luneng
Gini Wijnaldum£25MLiverpool
Florian ThauvinLoan - seasonMarseille
Siem de JongLoan - seasonPSV
Kevin MbabuLoan - seasonBSC Young Boys
Henri SaivetLoan - seasonSt. Etienne
Daryl Janmaat£7.5MWatford
Tim KrulLoan - seasonAjax
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - JanuaryBarnsley
Emmanuel RiviereLoan - seasonCA Osasuna
Jamie SterryLoan - JanuaryCoventry City
Haris VuckicLoan - JanuaryBradford City
Sammy AmeobiLoan - JanuaryBolton Wanderers
Moussa Sissoko£30MTottenham Hotspur
Transfer Fees Out£85.5M
Net Spend-£31M

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.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Contracts · Financials · Leadership · Negotiations · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours




12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 111
    League Cup round – 5th R
    FA Cup round – QF
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS~25
    Thanks Martoon for organising this

  • 2 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    From prev…

    I like the look of this signing. It’s just about like-for-like but with (hopefully) the added advantage thet he’ll want to be here.

  • 3 jimmysmith // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    Rafa, my hero!

  • 4 one fine day // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Martoon,
    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 98
    League Cup round – final / winners
    FA Cup round – 5th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Lascalles
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – mitro
    No. of goals for TGS – 26
    Cheers for doing this mate

  • 5 Termijn // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    Diame is a decent player, would be a good replacement for Tiote, though I’m wondering whether Hayden is already that? We seem to already have a surplus in the middle of the park with, Colback, Anita, Shelvey, Saivet, Hayden, Tiote (probs leaving), Bigi (probs leaving) de Jong could probably play there as well. Thats potentially 8, more realistically 5 players fighting for 2 positions in the team.

  • 6 Munster Mag // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    Expat u mean thauvin ( useless as i said once he showed us that v west ham) and the young fella who will be injured?

  • 7 Oleg G // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    I think those who think we will get more than 100 points are very very optimistic. It is not easy at all to get there.
    Somewhere in the are of 93-98 points is more likely.
    If we will get 111 or 107 as some said, that means we have a monster team. Right now we don’t.

    Collected some of the answers below.

    YouCouldn’tMakeItUp // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:56 AM
    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 99
    League Cup round – Q-F
    FA Cup round – 4th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Perez
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 23

    ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:55 AM
    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 111
    League Cup round – 5th R
    FA Cup round – QF
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS~25
    Thanks Martoon for organising this

    funlovingexpress // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:43 AM
    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 107
    League Cup round – 3rd
    FA Cup round – QF
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Gayle
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 34

    outside the box // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:41 AM
    final post …1st
    number pts 93
    league cup 5th round
    fa cup 5th round
    tgs gayle
    number of goals 22
    cheers

    bosamuelson // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:39 AM
    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 105
    League Cup round: 3rd
    FA Cup round: Quarters
    Player of the Season (Blog): Lacelles
    Top goal scorer (TGS): Mitro
    No. of goals for TGS: 21

    nico // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:30 AM
    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 102
    League Cup round – Q-F
    FA Cup round – 4th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS – 24

    one fine day // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:08 AM
    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 98
    League Cup round – final / winners
    FA Cup round – 5th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Lascalles
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – mitro
    No. of goals for TGS – 26
    Cheers for doing this mate

    Termijn // Aug 1, 2016 at 2:46 AM
    Final League Position: 1st
    Final no. of points: 110
    League Cup round: 4th
    FA Cup round: Semi Final
    Player of the Season (Blog): Lascelles
    Top goal scorer (TGS): Mitrovic
    No. of goals for TGS: 27

    Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:06 AM
    Final League Position: 2nd
    Final no. of points: 96
    League Cup round: 6th
    FA Cup round: 4th
    Player of the Season: Isaac Hayden
    Top goal scorer: NEW STRIKER if one comes in (if got to name a player: GAYLE)
    No. of goals: 21

    jasper // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:14 AM
    Hope I do better than last time.
    Final League Position. 1st
    Final no. of points. 98
    League Cup round. QF
    FA Cup round. 5th
    Player of the Season (Blog). Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS). Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS. 23

    27 Mag52 // Aug 1, 2016 at 8:17 AM
    I’m not on your list, so I’ll post again, with one slight revision if that’s ok.
    Final position: 5th.
    Number of points: 75
    Top goal scorer: Gayle
    Number of goals from TGS: 14
    League Cup: Quarter Finals
    FA Cup: 4th.Round.
    Player of the season(blog): Lascelles.

    welshgeordie9 // Jul 31, 2016 at 10:08 PM
    Final League Position 1st
    Final no. of points 93-95
    League Cup round Quarter Final
    FA Cup round. Semi Final
    Player of the Season (Blog) Ritchie because of his assists
    Top goal scorer (TGS) Gayle because of his pace
    No. of goals for TGS. 23-26

    YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jul 31, 2016 at 10:43 PM
    Final League Position 5th
    Final no. of points 71
    League Cup round 3Rd round
    FA Cup round. Semi-final
    Player of the Season (Blog) Lascelles
    Top goals scorer (TGS) perez
    No. of goals for TGS. 16

    dannitoon // Jul 31, 2016 at 10:52 PM
    Final League Position….. 1st
    Final no. of points…..103
    League Cup round…1/4
    FA Cup round….6th rnd
    Player of the Season…..Laschelles
    Top goal scorer (TGS)…. Gayle
    No. of goals (TGS)….27

    welshgeordie9 // Jul 31, 2016 at 11:04 PM
    Final League Position 1st
    Final no. of points 93
    League Cup round Quarter Final
    FA Cup round. Semi Final
    Player of the Season (Blog) Ritchie because of his assists
    Top goal scorer (TGS) Gayle because of his pace
    No. of goals for TGS. 29

    Tsunki // Jul 31, 2016 at 11:13 PM
    Final League Position 2nd
    Total Points 98
    League Cup – Quarters
    FA Cup – neewhere
    Player of the Season Hanley
    TGS Mitrovic
    TGS Goals 18

    jimmysmith // Jul 31, 2016 at 11:42 PM
    Final League Position Champions
    Total Points 96
    League Cup – fourth round
    FA Cup – fifth round
    Player of the Season Janmaat
    TGS Mitrovic
    TGS Goals 23

  • 8 Mackems are from MORDOR! // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Is it just me or does everyone else read every statement from Rafa in a spanish accent???

  • 9 martoon // Aug 1, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Oleg G – Hoy you’re nicking my job 😀
    Seriously this is the point of doing this – it’s all about opinions – I don’t think I’ve seen yours yet!

  • 10 Novocastrian66 // Aug 1, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    The lads that think we will finish 5th, not having a pop but which 4 teams do you think will finish above us? Worse case I can see is 3rd and I think that is mega pessimistic.

  • 11 BoyNUFC // Aug 1, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    martoon… Read the blog everyday. Post every now and then. Here are my predictions…
    BoyNUFC
    Final League Position 1st
    Total Points – 107 (just taking the record?)
    League Cup – Semi-Finals
    FA Cup – 5th round
    Player of the Season – Lascelles
    TGS Mitrovic
    TGS Goals 22

    Thank you for all the effort martoon!

  • 12 emperor // Aug 1, 2016 at 12:07 PM

    Final League Position – 1st
    Final no. of points – 88
    League Cup round – s-f
    FA Cup round – 4th
    Player of the Season (Blog) – Perez
    Top goal scorer (TGS) – Mitrovic
    No. of goals for TGS – 22

    Interesting that since we were championship champions in 2010 only Leicester have broken 100 points I don’t think we will this season.




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