Benitez Explains What He Wants To Do In January

It looks like one of the reasons Mnaging Director Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez get on so well is that they both like to get some good deals in the transfer market.

But Rafa has said that some of the prices he is being quoted for players next month are too high and putting him off some of the players he may fancy.

The Newcastle manager also says we already have a good squad and it could be that he cannot find the players in January at the right price to bring in.

Rafa Benitez – prices quoted for player are very high

If that turns out to be the case he will go for the rest of the season with the squad we already have – which is already strong.

Rafa has lots of contacts in the game and he has already been talking to both agents and players, but some of the prices he has been quoted are ridiculously high.

Rafa will bring in players in January, but only if they improve the squad and only if the players are good enough to also play in the Premier League.

This is what Rafa has told the local press as reported in the Chronicle:

“What you need is balance.”

“Maybe we need a midfielder – maybe we need a winger. But we have players in every position – a couple of them. So we’re not looking for this or that.”

“We know that we will move if we can have some good Premier League players, or Ligue 1 or in Spain. If you can find these players at the right age and price, and they can play in the Championship then great.”

“But there are not too many who want to come and not too many that will take the risk. They maybe say ‘I wait and maybe next year I go’.

“You have young players available, but they say £20M. Do you need to pay £20M for a player when you’re at the top of the table with a good squad and doing well? Maybe not.”

“We are trying to find this balance. If we cannot, we can go with the same squad. You see teams in the Championship and they are signing players.”

“But it’s easy for them. It’s just to improve their position. It’s enough.

“For us, in our position and for our fans, we need to sign players with a Premier League level or players that can be better than the players that we have.”

“That is not easy to find these players in the Championship market.”

That’s some good thinking and analysis by Rafa – so it will be interesting to see if Rafa brings in players next month and how many.

With transfer prices continuing to escalate, things in the transfer market are getting harder rather than easier.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #1

    24sing in the corner // Dec 24, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    Interesting read, that FA written account of the Shelvey hearing.
    I think there are significant holes there in the FA case. They discredit Gayle’s account of what he didn’t hear, but wholly support 3 Wolves’ players remarkably different accounts of what they say they heard, in the same incident, justifying that by describing the wolves players as having ‘given their evidence with conviction and openness’. – That’s just an irrelevant opinion to give weight to the FA case.
    They basically dismissed the bald c*** bit and Gayle’s denial that he told Shelvey about the card gesture, based on visual (video clip).
    If they can’t agree what was said, not even close, how can he be found guilty of misconduct based on the ‘evidence’ given?
    They are dismissing one set of unsubstantiated claims in favour of another.
    No impartial witness heard any of it. Including the referee.

  • firebug666

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2


    I agree with you 100%, but then I’ve been banging Shelvey’s drum all through this.

    They basically called our players liars, and wolves players as more believable. though not consistently so, the thing is the player allegedly abused did not hear anything, yet the alleged abuse was aimed at him, other players standing about claimed to have heard something though they were not sure what they heard.

    The whole thing stinks of another FA stitch up.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Good words from Rafa. But not words some NUFC fans will want to hear.
    He wants to find enough in the group we already have, rather than get in another player of not enough quality for the league above when we’re not there yet, who will need replacing if and when we do get there. I think we an cope and stay top. Squeakier bum time than we’d like but that’s the gamble.

  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think they watched the video
    SS4 means “still shot 4” I think they were just shown pics extracted from the vid and other sources.
    The whole thing from it being held in Birmingham to the number of BC representatives – stinks.

    Major stitch up

    Taking it on the chin was the right move.

    la vendetta è un piatto che va servito freddo

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Aye. Put it this way, if I got into some sort of verbal ruck with a guy in the street I would not fancy being convicted and punished on the half heard say so of 2 or three of his pals, who will have had a nice chat afterwards, and still couldn’t get their story straight.

  • lochinvar

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #6

    On Shelvey it’s clear that as SingintheCorner and others report that the FA did not have enough or even any clear and compelling evidence to pass the judgement that they did. Rather that the FA like so many organisations ( Press, BBC , Police , Sports Direct, Government etc etc ) when confronted with sensitive issues serve up a defensive wall of arguments couched in PR babble not so much as to deal with the matter correctly but so as to justify their own existence . It’s a form of hysterical self preservation on their part. When if happens it’s all too obvious that’s what they’ve done and any trust of respect for that organisation diminishes. The reality appears to be that Shelvey and Wolves players were involved in a slanging match popularised by TV face offs and that throwing foul language and offensive remarks around is the cool thing to do. Clearly it’s not. All players involved should have been charged with using abusive and foul language and all banned for say 2-3 games. The FA are incompetent and like the issue of referees and TMOs it’s time for change.

  • Jib

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #7

    I have to say it is nice with Shelvey and Colback both hors de combat to have a player of the quality and experience of Cheick Tiote to come in , who is still training hard (by all accounts) with the squad , and who should be raring to go.

    He’ll know all the team tactics and have partaken in all the training ground moves.

    He’s not stupid – this Rafa fella.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 24, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #8

    Doesn’t half open a can of worms, potentially.
    Stand by for lots of FA ‘convictions’ based on a whole lotta hearsay. Anyone with an old score to settle and the support of a nearby teammate or two can use this precedent perhaps?


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