Rafa Benitez is not a big supporter of the summer transfer window extending into August, when the teams begin playing and in the Championship, teams play 6 games in August, more games than the Premier League teams play.
And it unsettles clubs when we don’t know who will be staying and who will be leaving and for Newcastle this summer it’s been hectic as Rafa has literally built up a new squad at Newcastle.
We have had nine senior players already leave the club, but more could still get out before September comes and they include Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong, Tim Krul, Henri Saivet, Cheick Tiote, Emmanuel Riviere and Yoan Gouffran.
Another good gutsy performance from Yoan Gouffran yesterday
That’s eight senior players who could still leave the club in a short 10 days.
In the terrific 1-0 win yesterday at Ashton Gate Yoan Gouffran epitomized Newcastle’s fighting spirit with another typically gutsy display on the wing.
After the win – our first since last December away from home – Rafa again praised Gouffran for his professionalism given he has put in two very good performances in four days for the Magpies:
This is what a pleased Rafa Benitez had to say:
“I said before, the 31st of August can make a big difference in terms of how we approach the rest of the players.”
“It’s difficult to have players’ names in the newspapers each day. It’s not easy because they have to concentrate.”
“I would point to Gouffran, because maybe he will leave or maybe he will stay, so to keep him professional and training well was important.”
“When you look at the way he has played and the effort he put in on the pitch, it is not easy.”
“It’s important for us to get to August 31st and regroup, then see where we are.”
Yoan Gouffran would be a terrific buy for any Championship club pushing for promotion this season, so why would be let him go?
Yes – he has only one year left on his contract at Newcastle – but this man seems to want to play for Rafa and he follows instructions well – and he would be an excellent player for our away games this season.
You cannot say he doesn’t give 100% for the team, even though he has had a very frustrating two years at the club.
He’s played very well in the last two games that Newcastle have won to get our season off and running – so to speak.
For the record here’s the ins and outs so far this season – this clear-out should have happened long before now – but Rafa’s finally done it – and all in one summer.
This man doesn’t mess about.
|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|