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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14 comments so far

  • Blofal

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #1

    It appears Obertan still hasn’t found another club.

    I think for the 3 games of the season that he remained fit he would have been good in this league!

  • sparky55

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    I would keep gouffy…he had a very good spell in the premiership a couple of years ago before the tactical genius that was P45 dropped him for no apparent reason (maybe he spoke out against P45’s negative tactics), his work rate is superb and has already showed us again this season how good he is at creating chances for the team.

    Crazy thing is he was the one who did track back and defend just like P45 wanted his players to do but still dropped him…so for away games especially he’d be a starter from me every time even when Mitro comes back

  • giimps

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Squidward will find a club ,probably in turkey or mls, he has all the tools to be decent but either needs told what to do when on the ball or needs to read the game better.

  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #4

    My bad
    Someone earlier said they had only heard Wijnaldums name mentioned about 3 times.
    I thought you had said name meentioned 4 times not 4 out of 10 mark.
    It was pretty funny in that context
    But I got it wrong
    apo polly loggies

  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Obertan is far too idle for the Championship.

  • geordie157

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    No harm keeping gouffran for the season.

  • sparky55

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    we’d get nowt for Gouffy if we sold him now anyway…probably of more value to keep him and pay his wages whilst he’s contributing so well anyway

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d definitely keep Gouff. Pleased he’s back involved. If he keeps putting in decent performances, Rafa might also involve him up front should it ever come to that for an reason if Gayle or Mitro don’t play. He’s a good squad option to have.

  • SUTTY1978

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Can’t believe anyone thinks this current team would hold its own in the Premier League. No chance. If we played like we did yesterday against a premier league side, we would have taken a sound beating. The opposition in the Championship is poor but we are still managing to get dominated in every game we play.

  • sparky55

    Aug 21, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    Sutty…not aware anyone’s said that…if we go up I reckon Rafa would have to spend 100 million in the summer to make us ready on just 5 players

  • giimps

    Aug 21, 2016 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #11

    The only way we will be able to tell how good we are is after the middle of September, once the wheat has been separated from the chaff and the team has started to gel.
    Hopefully wel still be in the league cup and we get a premier league side in the later rounds, that is when we can tell how we will fare next season if/when we get promotion (I’m hoping the last 2 results are the benchmark for results in this league rather than the first 2).
    I personally think once we get a stable back 4 and a non dodgy keeper we will kick on big style, Gayle, Diame,Mitrovic and Ritchie are definately good enough in this league and probably the Premier league too if utilised properly……the back 4 for me is the worry as well as Sels…….maybe not as bad as Colo and Taylor on their bad days but still worrying

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 21, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #12

    Check out the state of the bristol player behind him. Is that tomlin? Looks like a pub players physique

  • Malta Mag

    Aug 21, 2016 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    I’ll repeat what I’ve been saying about Goufran and that is he never deserved the criticism he received. He was an out and out striker with Bordeaux but Pardew decided to turn him into a winger. He never complained and always gave a 100%. Instead of searching for another striker why not play him in his original role?
    After 4 games we are now directing our vile on the new keeper who is still settling in. If Rafa thought he was good enough and willing to sell Kruhl then I suggest we trust in Rafa’s judgement and give him more time otherwise one or two of you on here will have more egg on your face?

  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2016 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #14


    Yes it’s Sels’s turn to be the butt for our fans. Last year it was Colo, Willo and Colback – there’s always got to be one who’s responsible for everything – whether on the field or anywhere else!


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