Rafa On Why It’s Disruptive – Gives Praise To Unlikely Hero

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.

yoan gouuffran in action bristol

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£4.5MKAA 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

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