Rafa Talks About What’s Needed At Newcastle

One reason we were delighted with the result on Saturday and the good performance of the side, was that we didn’t think our current team could grind out that kind of win on the road.

So the fact they did that and the players played their hearts out at Bristol City was really good and augers well for the future.

rafa benitez in rain at Bristol

Rafa Benitez getting wet at Bristol – but happy enough

That determination and grit seemed to be missing – especially in our first two games – two defeats – so Saturday could be a water-shed game for the lads.

Now Benitez wants the same kind of intensity in every single game this season and if the lads can do that we should be OK:

“The most important thing for me is that we showed character, and we showed we can do it in this kind of game.”

“That is a message for the rest of the season now.” “We have to do this every week, and work as hard as this in every game we play.”

“That is the minimum for us now, and after that, maybe we can use our quality to make the difference.”

“But at least we know that we can cope with this kind of opponent and this intensity in the game.”

“Some players were probably thinking that it was difficult to win away.” 

“To show character in a game as difficult as this, with the physicality of the opposite team, shows that we are capable of doing it every week.

“For the confidence of the team, that has to be really important for the rest of the season.”

Good words there from Rafa and spot on.

There is still a lot of work to do in the summer’s transfer window with only 9 days to go and up until now these are the ins and outs at the club.

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

It looks like Brendan Galloway’s loan deal has been called off by Everton manager Ronald Koeman.

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