Three Positions Rafa Must Still Strengthen In August

It’s going to be a hectic last six days of the summer transfer window for Rafa Benitez and Newcastle.

But the club have done well lately to shift out players like Siem De Jong, Kevin Mbabu, Henri Saivet and Tim Krul on loan and sold Daryl Janmaat to Watford.

We also brought in the right back we needed to replace Daryl Janmaat – 23 year-old promising young American DeAndre Yedlin, who was delighted to sign for such a big club.


French striker Sebastien Haller in French colors

That’s all been done this week and the players leaving help to reduce the wage bill significantly, although we still need to bring in at least three more players this summer.

Newcastle are still in need of a left-back, a winger and a striker to round out Rafa’s squad.

We are reported to be after Palermo’s 24 year-old left back Achraf Lazaar and 22 year-old Utrecht striker Sebastien Haller, but it seems we will not be signing the exciting 27 year-old Brentford midfielder Alan Judge – at least not this summer.

Maybe we go after him in January once the double fracture of his right leg is fully healed?

We have also been linked with Chelsea’s 23 year-old Ghanaian International right winger Christian Atsu on loan with an option to buy.

If Newcastle can bring in three good players in those positions, then we will have done extremely well in this summer’s transfer window.

But the proof of the pudding is always in the eating and we have to start winning games consistently from now on.

Newcastle are also looking to sell Cheick Tiote for £2M to Greek giants Olympiacos and loan out both Yoan Gouffran and Emmanuel Riviere to Lorient or some other club.

Adam Armstrong – fresh from signing a new four year contract at his home town club yesterday – will also be sent out on loan for the season to get games to assist in his development.

So the ins and outs will at the end of August look even bigger than they do at the moment.

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

We have  a tough game against Brighton tomorrow and fans are not very hopeful of a win in that game, with Aleksandar Mitrovic, Dwight Gayle and Rolando Aarons all out injured.

Only 28% think we will win the game, which is the result we really need.

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There is also a two week International break coming up, so we really need to win this game.

Losing the game would make it another very painful two week International break for Newcastle fans – and hey –  we’ve had far too many of those over the last few years.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Total football man total football – anyone can play anywhere.
    I like Anita at right back. Put Yedlin in for pace
    midfield is my only dilemma as I would of liked to put Goufran in maybe for Colback

    so it would read:
    My team would be
    Anita, Bemba, Lascalles, Yedelin
    Richie, Shelvey, Hayden, Goufran
    Diane, Perez

    Anyway hey don’t know why everyones getting worried – yes we could get beat off Brighton but they are no Chelsea Man Utd. et al.

    I think our team is capable of beaten anyone on the day as long as they have the right attitude and mentality.

  • mad-serb

    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2


    23 years old. He captained the Olympic squad and he dominated the midfield and was one of the standout players in the Olympics.

    He has a bit of everything to him, but apart from that left foot of his is the time on the ball that stands out for me. Always seems have time which is always one of those key things between the decent and the good players.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Expat, definitely.

  • Magpie Season

    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m sorry, WHAT?

    Been busy last few weeks but how on earth did we let Janmaat go for only 7.5mil? When Brad Smith went for 6mil.


  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #5

    Watching the Nobby Solano reel on the last thread.

    What great set-pieces we had in those times, between Solano, Robert and Shearer we used to score 8+goals directly from free-kicks each season.

    In recent years I’m sure we’ve gone entire seasons without a single one.

  • Slank

    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Charlie @ 1

    Why have you selected the right footed Yedlin as left back ?

    Playing him in an unfamiliar position on his debut is just asking for trouble which Brighton will exploit.

  • lesh

    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #7

    Rafa’s really taken on a challenge in rebuilding the squad and doing so within the constraints of a budget.

    In fairness to Charnley, he seems to have worked well to bring in and ship out players.

    However, there’s still the need to manage Sissoko’s departure and that’s a distraction that Rafa could well do without.

    Nevertheless, there remains the need to bring in quality to the positions we’re weak in – albeit alongside shipping out two our three.

    It’ll not be easy but we can be sure that the dynamic duo of Rafa and Charnley (hopefully) will try their best to build the squad that’ll get us back to the Prem and top it up in January if necessary.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 26, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Spoof says, “In the past we have been used to high profile signing’s who we expected to be top notch as there profile made us believe that they would be, players such as Janmaat, DeJong, Thauvin and Cabella, Jail put a thread up yesterday from when we signed MYM, you would have thought we had signed Messi judging the reaction from the majority.”

    Spoof, you’ve summed up this blog in general. Not everyone, but in general. I am always struck by the waves of electric positivity over new signings, particularly of foreigners. I’ve seen it time and time and time again.

    I read the comments on players I know litte or nothing about and if I hadn’t seen it 100 times before, I’d think we’d signed a world beater. The raptures of bullshit when we signed Mitrovic, for example, was quite a thing to behold.

    It didn’t take me long to watch and weigh up all of the players you mention and conclude they were poor signings. I continue to say it about Mitro because most people are still firmly backing him. I’ve been saying it about Janmaat for years. And De Jong, Thauvin and Cabella were almost immediately obvious duds.

    I simply say this. Never believe the hype until you see the player a few times, preferably by going to a game. Armchair fans and Fifa specialists have their own very particular perspective.

  • Sav

    Aug 26, 2016 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #9

    May be an opportunity to draft in young Callum Roberts to come on from the bench tomorrow

  • posada

    Aug 26, 2016 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #10

    B and B

    Yeh that’s about it. Totally agree.
    First time I saw Mitro play I turned to my son and said – not sure about this guy.
    Didn’t run like a footballer. All top heavy ran about like a rugby player. Not able to check and stay balanced.
    Also podgy in the face and overweight.

    I remember a full time phone in after we had signed Boomsong. Bob Moncur said he does not looked balanced to me. If you don’t have that you don’t have that. You can’t coach it.

    Some months later the idiots who were running the club at the time started to talk about putting extra studs in his size 14 boots to stop him falling over.
    So funny apart from it being a complete waste of club money.


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