Poll Results – These Are Rafa’s 3 Best Signings This Season

We thought it would interesting two thirds of the way through the season and with a number of Rafa Benitez’ signings of last summer starting to look good of late – to see which players fans think were Rafa’s best signings.

Rafa, with the help of Managing Director Lee Charnley brought in 12 new players, including Christian Atsu – on loan from Chelsea for the season.

With Dwight Gayle having scored 20 goals in just 22 Championship appearances this season, it’s no real surprise he comes out top of our poll.

Dwight Gayle – what an acquisition our number 9 has been – 20 goals

For just £10M from Crystal Palace last summer he’s turned out to be some bargain buy for the Magpies and to think Alan Pardew didn’t even rate the striker.

Of course – assuming we are promoted in the summer – it waits to be seen if Gayle can score goals in the Premier League, but Rafa thinks he’ll be able to do exactly that.

In three seasons when he was in and out of the team at Palace he still managed to score 25 goals in 74 appearance for the small London club, so just imagine how many he could score if he started regularly.

It’s also fitting he is the new Newcastle number 9.

Dwight got 56% of the vote and second in the voting is also second in the goal-scoring charts.

Matt Ritchie has 12 goals in 33 total appearances for Newcastle this season and he’s been in great goal-scoring form of late – while Dwight had been out injured with his hamstring problem.

Matt Ritchie – Newcastle winger has 12 goals

Matt got 23% of the vote and again he has turned out to be a fabulous buy for us from AFC Bournemouth for just £10M.

And in the one season he played in the Premier League with Bournemouth last term he scored 4 goals in 41 appearance for the Cherries and looked very good.

Third in the voting is a defender who has proved to be the number one center-back this season and Ciaran Clark for just £5M from Aston Villa is another terrific signing for the club and he has 9% of the vote.

The Irish International  struggled initially to get into the team, but he has been the regular center-back alongside Jamaal Lascelles this season.

Ciaran has played 26 times for Newcastle with 2 goals.

Ciaran Clark – in great form for Newcastle

After having a poor season last term, like most of the Villa players, he has been near to his best form and Ciaran has already played 135 times in the Premier league for Aston Villa.

So those are he best three signings – Dwight Gayle, Matt Richie and Ciaran Clark all for around £25M – some great business by Rafa Benitez and Lee Charnley.

These are the two people we hope will continue to be the duo that handles all the transfers this summer.

We’ll have to wait and see if that’s true.

Who Has Been Rafa's Best Signing This Season?

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27 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #1

    When i saw poll in the title of the thread I thought Ed was jumping on the worst ever signing bandwagon!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Wolves match:

    M&M – taste the rainbow

  • stestickle

    Feb 9, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Andreas Andersson, Des Hamilton another two dalglish gems

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 9, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #4

    I’m going with Shearer for our worst ever signing.

    I mean, the prodigal son returns home for a then world record fee of £15m and is presented in front of thousands of his brethren as the famous number 9, to take us to new heights, to launch an assault on the premier league and hopefully win it deluding thousands upon thousands of geordies in the process and helping us get above our station.

    Isn’t that right jeffery

    Or have I got that mixed up with the keegan was “the worst thing to happen to us” one?

    There’s been that many I lose track sometimes….

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 9, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #5

    On mistakes the club have made.

    I know the discussion was player based but thought I’d broaden the area.

    The worst I’m going with was getting rid of Sir Bobby.

    Didn’t deserve the sack and when it happened he should of been sent upstairs in some capacity, hell, any capacity tbh.

    Followed extremely closely by selling the club to that fat tub of spunky dribble.

    Actually, I’m not sure what’s the worst.

    Both equally disgusting.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 9, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Wtf is going on with the blog. It’s absolutely dead.

    Is it international break again….

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 9, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #7
  • AncientC

    Feb 9, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Our whipping boy, Jibediah, has gone AWOL. That would explain the tranquility on the blog.

  • cyprus

    Feb 9, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Pound for pound, Owen has to be the winner of worst player competition. He never wanted to be here.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 9, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Bill Patterson signed for NUFC in 1955 for a then massive £22,525, played 22 times in three seasons before being sold for £3,500 in 1958.
    Was a bit more successful back in his native Scotland.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 9, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #11

    Incidentally I went into Waitrose today with the missus and after filling out the necessary application forms managed to put a deposit on a lettuce for the weekend.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Hugo Viana aka the next Luis Figo


  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 9, 2017 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #13


    Pound for pound, cabbage is where you should have put your money mate.


    Feb 9, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Carl Serrant was the signing I thought was worst

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 9, 2017 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #15


    What variety of lettuce did you eventually decide to purchase.

    The future is definitely in iceberg.

    Pricey but worth it the long run.


  • Bambams

    Feb 9, 2017 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Pat Heard…..Waddle’s replacement

    “I am not a big name but I will do the job”

    Still remember reading it in the Journal or ‘Pink’

  • Vask

    Feb 9, 2017 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #17

    How about Brian Pinas for worst signing?

    On the side salad debate, iceburg? What are you having it with, prawn cocktail? Fondu? Come to providence in the 70’s did you?

    I’m a rocket man.

  • toon kk

    Feb 9, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #18

    If your talking about worst big money signings, probably Owen has to be in their, although his best days were behind him and he was plagued by injuries. In more modern times Mitrovic has been a complete waste of money also.

  • welshgeordie9

    Feb 9, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #19

    I voted for Andros Townsend.

  • check the toastie

    Feb 9, 2017 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #20

    Biggest mistake was Fat Ashley backing Hippo Head wen he first turned up.

    He was done over with old has been players on big contracts, Geremi, Alan Smith, awful. Hippo Heed has a lot to answer for.

    That fat corrupt greedy untrustworthy Mackem’s warped policy dictated to this day the policy the fatman has since demanded.

    Clarence Acuna was awful.

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 9, 2017 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Not really, it’s just nice. Innit.

  • Mag52

    Feb 9, 2017 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #22

    How about Jon Dahl Thommason ?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 9, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Sorry been killing demons with the missus in a little place called Diablo.

    Bit co-incidental that cabbage and Owen should be mentioned in the same thread!! 🙂


    Missus loves Prawn cocktail, bit retro in her tastes so if I’m successful in my commercial foray we might go for some of that.

    She’s quite keen on the Little Gem.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 9, 2017 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Pistone was a bad one, because like Marcellino, he just didn’t fancy playing, which isn’t the best attribute in a footballer, although he sorted himself out a bit at Everton and was certainly talented.

    Owen was a great signing simply undone by injury when he was with us, and not in a great team even when he was fit, it must be said. Although I do remember hearing at the time that when his wife was told he’d signed for Newcastle she actually burst into tears, which didn’t augur well I suppose.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 10, 2017 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #25

    Certainly strange that Jib Jibberish has not been posting something must have happened to keep him off the blog. I have three theories which may explain his absence.
    1. The local police have been catching up on their outstanding warrants or those who have not paid their fines. Jib is now in prison.
    2. Jib has met a fellow poster from the blog and brazenly revealed that he is Jib. The poster has immediately filled Jib in – couple of straights and hooks into his mug finishing with a belly shot.
    3. With the national shortage of iceberg lettuce a terrible incident has occurred. An annoyed shopper, unable to purchase his favourite lettuce observed Jib in the street. The annoyed shopped being slightly short sighted mistook Jib’s cabbage head for a lettuce and chopped off Jib’s head.

  • lesh

    Feb 10, 2017 at 1:16 AM

    Comment #26

    Mr Tuff

    Jib must be in Spain again but all is not lost – Jane’s been posting on his behalf.

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Feb 10, 2017 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #27

    Albert Luque and Jean-Alain Boumsong come to mind.

    Here are Boumsongs best bits:


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