How Rafa Completely Changed The Look Of Newcastle’s Squad

One of the many things Rafa did right in the summer was to bring in British players who had experience of the Championship, so we got Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie in and they have turned out to be two of our best signings for this season.

Dwight is banging them in for Newcastle with 11 Championship goals in 12 league appearances  and nobody has scored more in the league than Dwight.

Rafa also brought in 21 year-old Isaac Hayden from Arsenal for a measly £2.5M and he is turning out to be a terrific buy for us – a player of immense potential.


Rafa Benitez – phenomenal summer transfer window

Scottish International Grant Hanley was brought in from Blackburn Rovers, Irishman Daryl Murphy from Ipswich Town and Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa.

Although Ciaran had only played in the Premier League, he’s been a standout for us in the last couple of months.

Those players were added to England players we already had like Jamaal Lascelles, Karl Darlow, Paul Dummett and Jack Colback, so there are many British players in our squad now.

But Rafa also brought in players from outside Britain including Matt Sels from Gent, Belgium, Achraf Lazaar from Palermo in Italy, Jesus Gamez from Atletico Madrid in Spain, DeAndre Yedlin, an American from Tottenham and Christian Atsu, a Ghanaian on loan for the season from Chelsea.

So we also have an International flavor to the squad.

Rafa got rid of the deadwood and out went Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Gabby Obertan, Sylvain Marveaux and Papiss Cisse – all of them had stayed past their sell-by date.

Newcastle also brought in around £75M for Moussa Sissoko, Daryl Janmaat, Andros Townsend and Gini Wijnaldum – players who wanted to leave the club to keep playing in the Premier League.

And to think Rafa did all of that in a short three summer months with the strong support and help of Managing Director of Lee Charnley.

And other players will leave in January or in the summer including Florian Thauvin, Sammy Ameobi, Haris Vuckic and Emmanuel Riviere – who have no future at Newcastle.

As a quick refresher, take a look at all the work that was accomplished last summer in the transfer market for the benefit of 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

We know Rafa doesn’t want people to get ahead of themselves this season, but we cannot stop thinking of what he’s going to do in January and especially this summer when hopefully we are back in the Premier League.

We cannot wait, but first we have to win a lot more games in the Championship

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2016 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    From the Ronnie Gill
    United have until Wednesday to consider their response to the Jonjo Shelvey FA misconduct charge and the latest news is that he’s considering an appeal.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    I knew we had more than 8 strikers currently on our books – Riviere.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    I would like to see Vukic get another chance, given that there were a few saying we should re-sign Kadar. Different types of players but similar histories.

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #4

    & de Jong….10 NUFC Strikers.

  • Jib

    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #5

    The Ronnie Gill 2 days ago

    “Haris Vuckic admits his own future lies away from St James’ Park – but believes Rafa Benitez can “wake up” the “sleeping giant” that is Newcastle United.”


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