One of the things we have been impressed with since Rafa joined the club is how he recruits not only good players but players who want to come to Newcastle and players who seem to be top professionals of good character.
We were supposed to be doing that at Newcastle for a number of years according to the PR, but we haven’t always signed players of good character or players of good ability for that matter.
Daryl Murphy after scoring his first goal ever for Ireland
But the 12 players Rafa brought in during the summer seem top players in almost every way.
Rob Elliot just got a new four year deal at Newcastle and he has been talking about his two fellow Republic of Ireland colleagues – Ciaran Clark and Daryl Murphy – who joined the club last month.
Rob is really upbeat on the two of them and he had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“The manager spoke to me a couple of times about players, and I mentioned Ciaran and Daryl – and a few of the other Ireland boys, because they’re a great bunch.”
“I think Clark and Murphy bring a real strong mentality to the Club and they were both desperate to come and be a part of something.”
“Ciaran’s got a long future ahead of him. He can play in a lot of positions and he’s a real winner; a tough center-half to play against.”
“Daryl brings a lot of experience, especially at this level, and a cool head.”
“He’s someone who is exciting to watch; he’s quick, he’s strong, he’s good in the air and ticks all the boxes.”
“For me, they’re great additions. They’re great footballers but the mentality they’ll bring to the squad will be a massive bonus.”
“And obviously with Daryl getting his goal the other night, hopefully that’ll be great timing and he will hit the ground running here.”
We wonder if another player Rafa asked Rob about was Everton midfielder James McCarthy, who we are rumored to be interested in signing for the January transfer window.
We suppose Rafa has contacts all over the place where he can check out the characters and the ability of players he wants to sign.
Certainly he has done a great job in the summer transfer window and Ciaran and Daryl are only two of the good players he signed.
And it seems the Rafa effect went into action very quickly with Daryl, because after only 9 days at Newcastle he scored his first International goal for Ireland against Serbia.
That was his 23rd cap after making his International debut nine years ago.
Here’s the goal – it comes after the celebrations – strange that.
It was quite a story when Daryl equalized late in the game in Serbia and you could see the delight on his face after scoring his very first International goal – and it was an excellent header too.
Yes – Daryl has made the right move to join Newcastle.