Benitez Asked About The January Transfer Market

After the transfer window has now closed and Newcastle have had a tremendous time of it in the market this summer,  Rafa Benitez has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-side.

He was asked a number of good questions and he responded as honestly as ever.

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Rafa Benitez – wrong time to talk about January

In this window we made £31M but still managed to bring in 12 good players and allow 21 players to leave the club either permanently or on loan.

Some players will return in January or next summer and senior players Tim Krul and Siem de Jong – as two examples – will have a chance next summer and their Newcastle careers may not be over.

The manager was asked whether the big summer shopping spree means we can expect less business in January.

This is how Rafa responded to that question:

“Now is not the time to talk about January. Our focus now moves away from transfers and is only on the football.”

“Of course, we will continue to assess the squad over the next few months and see how we are doing before the end of the year.”

“I have a lot of confidence in this group of players and hopefully we will be doing well and looking strong.”

Rafa is happy he now has a squad that’s settled and he can work with them in training.

He will be getting his message across that Newcastle will go into every game wanting to win it and expecting to win it – and doing everything possible to win the games coming up.

We will play 7 games in September starting on September 10th at Derby County and lasting through October 1st when we are at Rotherham – just three weeks.

The goal is to win every single one of them.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #1

    Solid answer, just as I thought.

  • Harley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #2

    The only signing i expect if any is a top quality premiership ready player to boost our promotion push.
    So excited for the foorball to start again.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #3

    A poster called Darraghl1 put the full interview on earlier, with no news at all for the next ten days I think Ed is going to release a question at a time.


    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Benitez has stated that he now has players who want to play for the club, rather than have players who have thoughts of a move elsewhere in the coming years.

    “The main thing is that the club is in control and we are signing players who are right for this club and for our Championship campaign,” Benitez told the Chronicle. “It cannot be the other way around. We are only interested in bringing players to Newcastle who want to work hard for the club and the team, not players who want to be at another club maybe next year or the year after.

    Rara said this and he really means it folks.

    “We are not a stepping stone, we are Newcastle United. Every player should be honoured to wear the shirt of this club.

    “They should feel the same passion that the fans feel, then you have a great relationship between the players and the supporters in the stadium. It is magical when that happens and it can help us achieve great things together.”

  • Harley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Never been less interested in an England match. Big Sam is the least inspiring appointment of my life time.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Are you in a different time zone, warp or talking about the future?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #7


  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Oops, sorry

  • Harley

    Sep 1, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #9


    Ha ha no I was continuing on from my last comment about being excited for the proper football to start again meaning after the dull England break.
    Thought I’d keep it as short as pos to save time but that’s backfired as now had to explain it.
    Never mind.

  • jimmysmith

    Sep 1, 2016 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #10

    The 30 million in instalments rather than cash is relevant. Ashley doesn’t allow Newcastle to borrow money, or hasn’t, so unless that changes or he is prepared to pump a bit more of his own in we won’t be able to buy up front with hard, cool cash to the degree we might have had Tottenham done the same. We’ll have to now buy one or two in instalments which is limiting unless we get a top up from the bank or the owner, which given the cost of players now, and the number of good ones we’ll almost certainly need to be successful if we do go up. The instalments mean we’ll probably need even more.

  • ArtyH

    Sep 2, 2016 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #11

    January transfers, seriously??? What if the team goes out and plays really well and is top of the league come January, as is expected, why would we want or need additional players? It could be that a new signing could disrupt the team if they were winning. Best to wait and see and make adjustments closer to the time and not put pressure on the current squad.

  • Sav

    Sep 2, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    This time last year, who’d have bet that our only surviving Dutchman would be Vernon Anita?

    You can see the difference now when Rafa refers to the non-playing squad members as ‘competition’. They aren’t referred to as back-up for ‘purples’ or for injury cover. Everyone is promised the chance to contribute. If you aren’t picked this week, your job is to make sure the guy who is plays better. Different mind-set. Mitro will have to focus on his game like never before. Dropping new captain Lascelles was a big call, although no doubt a rick for the third game in a row could have set the lad back months.

    New boys: I’m not sure about Atsu but am looking forward to seeing Lazaar on the left. Looks good quality.


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