Rafa – Squad Not Good Enough – Wants Two Everton Midfielders

The Mirror is reporting on Sunday that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to raid Everton for two central midfielders to boost Newcastle’s promotion drive this season.

Benitez has apparently told owner Mike Ashley he doesn’t think his squad is good enough to compete in the Premier League and it’s also not a given we will be promoted straight back to the Premier League this season.

Mike Ashley was at the game at Birmingham on Saturday and it could be they met after the game to discuss transfer targets, with Rafa presumably wanting to bring in both Tom Cleverly and James McCarthy.

James McCarthy – wanted by Newcastle

The report is that Mike Ashley is prepared to back his manager with significant funds in January after we have won only four games of the last ten and have lost five of those with a 1-1 dreary draw at St. Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph are also still wanted by Rafa in January, but how many good players we can get in is a good question.

Rafa has also said that a quick return to the Premier League with the squad he currently has is by no means guaranteed, although that seems to go against what Rafa has been saying lately.

We should probably take this report with a pinch of salt, although we would be very happy to see both Tom Cleverley and James McCarthy come in to improve the central midfield area of the team, which at the moment looks like a weakness.

There’s also no doubt that Newcastle have gone off the boil over the last 10 games since our nine game winning streak was ended with a 1-0 home defeat against 3rd bottom Blackburn Rovers.

Newcastle have won just one game of the last four without Jonjo Shelvey, who is on a five game FA suspension and the team definitely misses his creativity.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I could be wrong but I’m sure his role changed the older he got. He played further back and was not the attacking mid he once was. Probably doesn’t have the legs for that now anyway. Saying that he could probably do the deep lying playmaker role quite well.

  • nufc786

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #2
  • nufc786

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #3
  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #4

    So the Mirror has reviewed the week and made a story from what they have trawled up.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah that would make sense I guess considering they changed the formation. I just heard lazaar was decent, got involved but some of his set pieces were a bit inconsistent.

  • Belfast

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Recycled crap.

  • nufc786

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #7


    josef Martínez / Resumen / Torino 5 – 1 Bologna

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Correction, poorly recycled

    The original article from yesterday also linked us with Deulofeu

  • Tsunki

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #9

    I like it. It’s useful to know and informative. A bit like cosiness and tangents. Only better.

  • Tsunki

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #10

    I like cosiness. No idea what it has to do with maths though.

  • BandB

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #11

    I like Deulofeu.
    That song he sing about Gaston…..

    “No-one’s slick as Gaston
    “No-one’s quick as Gaston,
    “No-one’s head’s as incredibly thick as Gaston”

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #12

    This blogs pretty f**ked up now isn’t it

  • Average_Contents

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #13


    When I said you’d not missed much….

  • BandB

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #14

    It is.
    When wasn’t it?


    No Ianosphere ….(don’t scoff, that was a hard row to hoe)

    I don’t post much…

    Bobbybee is a pet lamb these days.

    I’m pleased you came back TADS.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Aye you weren’t wrong mate!
    Does anyone talk football anymore or just go straight in me da is harder than yours


    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #16

    evening all
    although the game was poor,glad to see lazaar and haidara get some playing time,not to bothered about tiote as i think he’s either not fit,possibly injured or on his way but the lazaar and haidara is good,any game time is good game time until there up to speed.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 7, 2017 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #17

    Thanks, see you’re keeping your head down these days ?

    Never change BandB, never

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #18

    Just think, Paul Mersin gets paid for this

  • BandB

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #19


    It’s right down Tads.

    bettyswallocks is forcing me to sniff me aarn minge these days. He’s just like one of those Duke’s Shakespeare wrote about. Imperious, and yet soooo sexy. 🙂

    He’s a force of nature…

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #20


  • BandB

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #21

    And an Excitable Boy

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #22


  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #23

    That was a laughing btw no idea why it’s a ?

  • nufc786

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #24

    Mexico striker Javier Hernandez’s agent has dismissed reports claiming that Bayer Leverkusen are ready to sell the 28-year-old former Manchester United player for £21m. (Metro)

    was reading the gossip column of bbc gossip

  • BandB

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #25


    Shite in the Corner

    You must be up and on your own, I imagine.

    Do you want to play now?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 8, 2017 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #26
  • NewcastleMole

    Jan 8, 2017 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #27

    Fail to do anything against Birmingham then get linked with clevely & mccarthy, feeling like a deflated balloon here

  • nufc 11

    Jan 8, 2017 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #28

    James McCarthy is a holding midfielder an up graded version of colback no to both, judge is a more attacking midfielder, Brady, loftus cheek, Delph, telimamans, better options.

  • NewcastleMole

    Jan 8, 2017 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #29

    i dont understand the links for players for positions we already fill nicely. I’d like a creative midfielder, left winger & pacy striker

  • Steak and Kidney Pie

    Jan 8, 2017 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #30

    BandB, wilfully failing to follow the thread of an argument and then vomiting all over the blog, all as per usual.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jan 8, 2017 at 4:40 AM

    Comment #31

    So Benitez thinks this squad is not good enough for the Premier League. I mean, to even come out and say that is hilarious. Talk about stating the bleedin’ obvious. If NUFC manage to get promoted, and the fat Spaniard and the other serial imbeciles in charge are still in situ, Ashley will need to spring for (conservatively) £100 million in signings to make this club competitive in the PL next season.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 8, 2017 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #32

    Has anyone got a clue what the hell some of the bloggers on here are going on abt nowadays ??
    Going back through last nights threads it’s as if some are practicing the art of drug seduction. And are clearly not interested in talking Football

  • geordieboy83

    Jan 8, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #33


    The sad part is two years ago, they all held insightful, and intelligent footy chats. It’s just nonsensical for the most part now. We have a couple of days spells now and then where you think this is good, then somebody spoils it from nowhere. Fcuking petty bullsh1t tbh.

  • Tele

    Jan 8, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #34

    Well said no footy crack at all

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 8, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #35

    I don’t believe Rafa even said that about the squad not being good enough( he knows it isn’t).
    Can you imagine how demotivating that would be for the squad and he is a great motivator.
    Another case of lazy journalism; the first you will hear about signings will be when they arrive for a medical!

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 8, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #36

    For the life of me I don’t understand some bloggers moaning about Rafa and his coaches ( overrated Frenchman in particular).
    We are in a great position in the league, the club is in great shape and some people aren’t happy.
    Just think of the number of clubs in total disarray with foreign owners e.g. Sunderland, Hull, Watford, Swansea plus a host of Championship clubs!
    FFS stop moaning and support your club positively; Rafa, Charnley and Ashley want success for the Toon for whatever motives!


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