Benitez Identifies What’s Important In The Transfer Market

Whether Newcastle were still in the Premier League this summer or we dropped down to the Championship – with Rafa Benitez in charge of things – Newcastle were always going to have a clear-out of the squad – and it was long overdue.

So we have ignored some of the news and fans of other clubs who are saying Newcastle are buying the league and that kind of stuff.

In the transfer table we keep producing – shown at the bottom of this article – our net spend is still negative and we have also lost Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum to Premier League clubs and they were two of our best players.

So there’s a number of ways of looking at it.

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Rafa Benitez – net spend is the important thing

The fact that Newcastle as a club and Rafa Benitez as a world-class manager can attract top players even when we are in the second division in England is something we should not be apologizing about.

This is how Rafa responded to the accusations that Newcastle were spending their way out of the Championship:

“In my experience as a manager the key is always the net spend; that is crucial,” “When I sold Alonso everyone said: ‘Oh he is selling Alonso’. But I needed the money.”

“Sometimes you have to sell your best players to get the money.” “You lose something, and then you have to invest.”

“The key is that if you sell good players you then have to invest.” “We are able to spend because we have sold players. We have balanced the money.”

“We also have a smaller wage bill, and maybe a profit at the end of the window because we are doing good business.”

“Still, though, we have to sell some good players because that is the right thing.” “I am happy with the business.”

“We are doing our work properly and we are getting good value for money.”

“You can’t criticise,” “You can say we are spending more but in our case we have lost players like Wijnaldum and Townsend.”

“And we were not happy about selling those players, but we had to do it, because that was the situation.”

“Townsend had the escape clause, and Gini said: ‘I want to go’. That was the best for both parties.”

Notice that along with bringing new younger players in, Newcastle have also decreased the wage bill, so Rafa and Lee Charnley working together have done extremely well this summer – so far.

Newcastle are going to be criticized this season and that’s mainly because we should be the best team in the Championship.

That’s what comes with being successful – you will be criticized.

That’s how things seem to work and the more successful you are the more you will be criticized – so we should get used to it.

This is how we stand and how we have done in the transfer market so far this summer – in three words – very well indeed.

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
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 - JanuaryAjax
Tim KrulLoan from JanuaryAZ Alkmaar
Gael BigirimanaFreeCoventry City
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBarnsley
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

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Toonboy

    Aug 5, 2016 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Game day HWTL 🙂

  • G

    Aug 5, 2016 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #2

    I would hardly say we have went Citeh or Chelski with the cash like. Considering how much Villa just paid for McCormack I am quite happy with the transfer fees we have spent.

  • Thump

    Aug 5, 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Final League Position: 1
    Final no. of points: 102
    League Cup round: 4
    FA Cup round: 1/4
    Player of the Season (Blog): Ritchie
    Top goal scorer (TGS): Gayle
    No. of goals for TGS: 18

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 5, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #4


    Exactly. How many miserable weekends have we suffered under Pardew, Carver and McClaren? I’d hate to count ’em!

  • G

    Aug 5, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #5
  • firebug666

    Aug 5, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Benitez says it will be like a home game against Fulham tonight with 7000 Geordie Fans going, and he can’t wait for them to roar the team on.

  • magscar

    Aug 5, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #7

    See TOF you are not only one Ed waits for 🙂


    magscar // Aug 5, 2016 at 7:56 AM


    I don’t think the optimism is confined to the Blog as there are a lot of half glass full supporters (and pundits/journo’s) around generally.

    Pre-season is traditionally the time for optimism for all supporters and for most within a couple of games reality once again dawns.

    Just because we have bought well, have one of best managers in game here, rebalanced the squad, are still looking for up to 3 more players and have lost most of the Negativity around the team shouldn’t let us think it is all over.

    It isn’t but we are on the threshold of a possible new world not seen since KK first time around and Rafa sees the same. Only hard work and concentration on pitch from start to finish can with us fans totally behind them can get us there. We need optimism to get us going and make the crowd believe – bring on the flags!

  • G

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #8

    magscar, I never get the glass half empty / half full metaphor. After all, the glass is refillable. Rafa appears to be giving us a top-up as we speak.

  • Jib

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Comment #9

    The Toon are supposedly intrested in Ipswich’s 28 year old striker David McGoldrick.
    He’s very much in the Mitro mould a 6’1″ bishbosh handful.

  • hibbitt

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #10

    next two signing Anthony Knockaert and Charlie Taylor
    NOT ITK just a hunch would be the cream on the cake

    good luck toon army lets just show them who we are

  • BandB

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #11

    How nice to see old tequilamag so excited about the new season he got up half an hour before he went to bed. Hope springs eternal.
    It would take a hard heart not to feel more comfortable with the improved mood around the club, massively helped by the frankness and openness Rafa has brought. It’s a welcome aperitif, but now it’s time to taste the beef.
    We are always world-beaters in the close season. Apart from half a dozen seasons in the time I’ve supported this club the wheels have fallen off once a ball is kicked.
    So I’m pleased to see a few posters keeping their feet on the ground. We need to be resolute. Euphoria that plunges into manic depressive bellyaching the moment we suffer a setback is stock fare on this blog.
    Standing firm offers the team far better support than surges of truculent optimism followed by panic-stricken running away when the water cannon is deployed.
    Have a good season, lads.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s a big day. The return of Dennis Twice. Huzzah!

  • Norlinsen

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Hi everyone.
    In three weeks I will make my first ever visit to Newcastle and cheer togheter with you against Brighton. I paid the membership fee and is wondering what is the best stand to sit in, in order to get the best feeling of the atmosphere?
    Like what is the difference between seating category 1 and one of the premium areas?

    Also considering a stadium tour, are they worth it?
    Anything else I should know?

    Thanks in advance
    Howay the lads!!!

  • Jib

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #14

    They have a rolling feature on the Toon v Fulham including an interview with Rafa on SSN at the mo.
    Looks like it was done in the Gateshead Hilton.

  • Jib

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #15

    The deployment of the water cannon is the only time my armpits stop being that sickly yellow colour.

  • BandB

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #16

    I think only live rounds would stop you, Jib.

  • expatmag

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Team for tonight or in my case, 5am Saturday morning here in Oz.


    Janmaat Lasellles Mbemba Dummett

    Shelvey Colback

    Anita Perez Ritchie


    Subs Darlow Gamez Aarons Hayden Gouffran Sterry Armstrong

    I think Rafa will play the cautious approach and play Anita wide right because of his ability to track back and cover Janmaats forward runs just as Ritchie will do on the left.

    The ability of Gayle snd Perez to find space in the box is crucial and with Anita Ritchie and Shelvey capable of providing killer balls, I think the forwards will get a few opportunities.

    My game an would be to hassle them into mistakes;, hunt in packs and provide quality service into our forwards.

    Keep it tight at the back and get the likes of Colback to harry and hustle evrntually replacing him with Hayden for the last half hour.

    I am hoping for a 1-0 lead at least at half time and if ee can keep ahead, brjng on Aarons and Armstrong for the last 20 minutes snd use their pace and enthusiasm to grab a seconnd goal and close the game out.

    2-0 to the lads……Gayle in the first half, Aarons last 10 minutes

  • Budge123

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Norlinsen – I would say yes to the stadium tour as it’s your first visit.
    In terms of seating get as close as you can to the Gallowgate singing corner. But I’m not sure how many seats available there.

    Enjoy your visit!

  • Wayayman

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Norlinsen, good lad. You’ll have an amazing time. Try to get a ticket in the Gallowgate, the corner section next to the East Stand is where the supporters are trying to get the atmosphere started. Should be a lot of noise there, as well as a lot of flags. Take a loot at @gallowgateflags on Twitter to see the plans for the season

  • Jib

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #20

    The Stadium tour is quite comprehensive and accesses quite a few areas you only glimpse occasionally (the trophy room won’t take much time ) I found it interesting.
    The Stadium has a good atmos in most parts which will be enhanced this season by Gallowgate flags.
    I have a feeling that where ever you sit this season it will be rocking.

  • Wayayman

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #21

    I think Lascelles, Hayden, Ritchie, Gayle and Perez are shoe-ins for tonight. The rest I don’t know. How ‘bloody nice to have this problem for a change!

  • Thump

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #22

    @Norlinsen: The Gallowgate is a great place to sit (and one of the few areas of the ground that still projects sound, structurally speaking).

    Definitely recommend the stadium tour, especially as it’s your first visit to the cathedral, and might I suggest a pre match pint in the strawberry?

  • robertsleftfoot

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #23

    I think that is good business when you look at what we have got off our wage bill.

    Going off stats online we should be saving from the players brough in to the players sold/released around £200k – £250k a week so somehere in the region of £10m-£12m a year saved in wages.

    Looking at it what have we actually lost?? The only one I really had an interest in staying was Andros!! Gini turns up once every 4 games, colo is as quick as a week in jail. Marvaeux has played less games than Marcelino did and STaylors injuries were getting all too regular.

    Thauvin and Cabella never turned up from the minute they arrived

    Then to top everything off I am still to be convinced Cisse is actually a footballer and not just Dembas Sh*t brother who needed a few quid

  • Jib

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #24

    Under the category “anything else I should know”
    This pub can be accessed from the Metro (get off at 4 lane ends) does nice lunches and is just across the road (busy – look both ways twice) from the Benton training ground , if player spotting is your thing.

  • G

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #25

    @24, I nearly got knocked off my bike by some idiot in a Range Rover outside of that pub a couple of years back. I gave him quite a shouty sweary rant, then realised it was Colo who had nearly done me. He was actually very apologetic about it.

  • Legolas

    Aug 5, 2016 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Match day today. Not a better a feeling. I have been waiting for this all summer. Let’s put the mistake of last season behind us and get behind the team and the players. HWTL.


    That’s the team I would go with.

  • Stu-Prudhoe

    Aug 5, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #27

    Very good business i think…. like you said. saved on wage budget, got good championship experienced players. still lots of talent and I believe a lot more leaders.. Gamez, Hanley & Clark just a few of the new comers with captain experience. interested to see how much he rotates squad. I think he will like early liverpool days.. but its tactic flexibility i think is key.. if it isnt working needs to be brave and change it… i believe we in for good season


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