Benitez Admits He’s Been Talking To Many Players


The game tonight against Sheffield Wednesday and on Friday night against Nottingham Forest are both sell-outs at St. James’ Park and that’s starting to be regular occurrence at the club this season.

And Rafa is using that fact with players in his recruitment efforts,  as he sells Newcastle United – who recently were ranked as Briton’s 8th biggest football club in history in a study carried out by talkSPORT.

There’s no doubt that Rafa Benitez arriving at Newcastle has brought back the dreams to Newcastle fans and we are hoping Rafa will bring back the good times when Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson managed the club.

Rafa Benitez – on the sidelines at Preston

With one difference – that we can win a trophy for the first time since 1969 when we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Our last domestic trophy was when we won the FA Cup in 1955 beating a Don Revie led Manchester City 3-1 and we also won the cup in 1951 by beating Blackpool 2-0 and in 1952 by beating Arsenal 1-0.

With the January transfer window only six days away Rafa has admitted in the local press that he has been talking with many players:

“I have been talking with many players and agents and they have been talking about that. 52,000 at every home game.”

“It’s massive. You’re not just playing in the Championship: you’re playing with the atmosphere of a Premier League game. It’s important, it’s massive.”

“For me, it’s clear. The top six teams now will be the strongest. They will keep the spirit and have confidence – they can achieve something.”

“If you analyse Brighton, they are a good team. They have good defenders, with good wingers and a good striker.”

“They are a good team. How long can you sustain this run of games? It depends on each team.”

“They have good players and a good team. Their first 11 is good. Maybe if they have to go to 16th or 18th player, they’re not as good but they are a good team.”

Here’s the state at the top of the Championship as we go into the festive program and try to extend our three game winning streak.

PosTeamGamesGDPoints
1Newcastle464594
2Brighton463493
3Reading46485
4Sheffield Wednesday461581
5Huddersfield46-281
6Fulham462880

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7 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 26, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafas team selection seems to be more about experience, consistency and less about rotation. Eds predicted team will be the one today and there will be no rotation other than for injury. Only match substitutions for tiredness will begin to introduce outlying players, who will need to enormously impress to potentially hold onto a position.

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  • lochinvar

    Dec 26, 2016 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Looks like the silly season has arrived early.
    Allardyce wants to buy Defoe from the Mackems and condemn them to relegation and protect Palaces chances of staying up. Then Red Bull want to buy West Ham for £200 , no doubt to acquire naming rights to some drafty stadium in London.

    Will be interesting to see if Mitro gets a run out tonight – if he doesn’t that might suggest he’s been protected from injury and transfer interest. Hope not, he needs to be coached further by team Rafa and could be a useful player for the future – maybe he starts in the cup match to kick start his season.

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  • expatmag

    Dec 26, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    A club our size in the pjsition we currently find ourselves should have nothing less than total self confidence in winning this league.

    Win the next 2 home games and Bmackburn away and it will be plain sailing

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  • Moonraker15

    Dec 26, 2016 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #4

    After the dark Pardew days being told we were a small club and couldn’t get in top six, how refreshing to here a proper manager “talking us up”!
    We all knew we were a big club but it takes a Spaniard to recognise it and sell us to the world.
    Good times coming back and I’m loving it !

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  • Tsunki

    Dec 26, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Hang on, Red Bull ? Up to now they’ve expressly said they were not interested in buying a football club as I understood it.

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  • hibbit

    Dec 26, 2016 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #6

    dont red bull already own football clubs in germany and austria and the far east
    or do they just sponsor them ??

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  • Jib

    Dec 26, 2016 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #7

    Emmanuel Riviere who is on loan to Real Osasuna until May 2017 (where he has yet to kick a ball in anger) is to move to Toulose on loan next month.

    Cheick Tiote is wanted by Sporting Gijon’s manager Abelardo Fernández who needs muscle in his midfield

    http://www.lne.es/sporting/2016/12/26/sporting-activa-opcion-cheik-tiote/2033157.html

    Tiote’s contract ends next June so Rafa only wants €500,000 – the only obstacle seems to be the length of contract , Tiote is 30 and cannot realistically hope for very long one.

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