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Rafa Explains What Was Important In Transfer Window

11:30 am, Saturday, September 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Rafa has brought in a number of good players who have already played in the Championship and hopefully can help us get straight back to the Premier League.

There are six of those players – Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle. Mohamed Diame, Daryl Murphy, Isaac Hayden and Grant Hanley.

In a question and answer session on the Newcastle web-site Rafa was asked if that was important to him to bring in players that already have Championship experience.


Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

This is how he answered that question:

“It is important.”

“The priority for us is that we get promotion this season, so we had to focus in the window on getting the right players for this division.”

“The Championship is tougher and more physical, but still with good quality. Players who already have experience in the Championship understand the way the game is played already.”

“And they can also help the rest of the squad to prepare for the style of football and the character that you need to succeed in this division.”

Rafa has also said it’s not the right thing to do to build a Premier League side when we are still in the Championship.

Things are more physical and the schedule is really tough down below, but it seems we have done really well to bring in 12 good players this summer.

Rafa can now build field two different teams at Newcastle and it would be hard to know which one of those would be the better side.

He now has two good players – and sometimes more – for each position in the team.

We have to say Rafa and Lee Charnley seem to have done really well working together this summer.

However we know the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

We should know better after October 1st when we will have played six more league games and the 3rd round of the EFL Cup.

We need to win as many of those games as possible.

Seven wins would be good.


Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Management · Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JAMSHA // Sep 3, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    There are no comments yet … please kick things off by filling out the form below, by Saying RAFA THE GAFA

  • 2 ShirebrookToon // Sep 3, 2016 at 11:49 AM


  • 3 posada // Sep 3, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    He said this ages ago.
    How much of this stuff is Ed gonna recycle.

    Heres a thought. Last season our two best games were Liverpool at home and Spurs at home.
    Wini must have impressed Klipty Klopp and Sissoko must have impressed Pocho.
    Result we make 55 Million.
    Get in!
    The first thing those two clubs will realise is they don’t play like that even 40% of the time.
    Also, while they both have qualities they don’t have an obvious position in the modern game.
    They are not midfielders and they are not strikers.
    They are something in between so you have to create a position for them, but they are not good enough to justify that.

  • 4 Our Toon // Sep 3, 2016 at 11:59 AM


    I didn’t say lots of top managers wanted him, I said Koeman must rate him, Pochettino obviously rates him as does rafa and Deschamps,

    Rafa made him captain which is why I believe he rates him, and I’d suspect if we were in the PL he’d have kept him at all costs.

    Deschamps took him to the euros ahead of other obvious selections and was proved right.

    Everton apparently made a bid, Mos makes the offers but won’t force players on Koeman, hence why I believe Koeman rates him

    He’s ended up at spurs hence Pochettino must obviously rate him.

    I haven’t mentioned any of “linked teams” as you’ve stated I’ve mentioned, no talk of PSG or unai em, no talk of Madrid or Zidane, or juve and allegri…..etc etc, until now as you’ve bought it up.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Sep 3, 2016 at 12:02 PM

    We got relegated. We didn’t make anything. By having heartless shirkers like Wijnaldum and Sissoko in the team we missed out on a 135M prize.

  • 6 Our Toon // Sep 3, 2016 at 12:04 PM


    Gini plays as a ball winning midfielder under Klopp which does seem a little strange to me but could be a reason why they keep conceding goals?

    It was reported that Pochettino was impressed by sissoko during the 2-1 away win, apparently pochettino thought he was best player on the pitch and the type wide playwr spurs dont have, this is according to the media so make of it what you want.

  • 7 Our Toon // Sep 3, 2016 at 12:11 PM


    We got relegated because of mcclaren and the way the club was run.

    Shirkers don’t play on the wing, then DM or behind the striker to then play either full back position. That’s not my definition of a Shirker.

    That “Shirker” played in every position that the “team” and rafa needed him to play, and he played better under Rafa. The damage had already been done though

    If you want to talk about Shirkers then point the finger at the likes of Shelvey who came in, didn’t bother working at all, lazy, gesticulating to his own squad to do his work. Yet shelvey is lauded now

    How many other players in that squad last season would have played in the positions Rafa asked of his captain?

  • 8 posada // Sep 3, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    That’s right. But relegation has come and gone. We made the 55 Million in the now, under Rafa.
    In many ways we needed to make the drop. To get rid of so many. To make the club/owner realise we had to change.
    If we had finished 15th we would still have McClaren.
    and Collo and ………….

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