Rafa – Little By Little This Player Is Learning And Improving


When Rafa first arrived at Newcastle last May, Jonjo Shelvey had just been signed a couple of months previously for £12M from Swansea.

And after a few games Rafa dropped Jonjo and the former Liverpool player was interviewed in the local papers shortly after that.

He said Rafa had been great for Newcastle and everybody was arriving for training with a smile on their faces.

Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez in training

So we thought this from a player who has just been dropped – Rafa must be some man manager.

🙂

But it’s obvious that Shelvey really respects Rafa and what the manager tells him to do.

And apart from a few lapses in discipline this season Jonjo has been great for us and his ability is there for all to see.

Rafa has talked about the player he signed as an 18 year old for Liverpool in the summer of 2010 and said he still has things to learn and must improve his discipline on the pitch.

This is what Rafa has said in the Shields Gazette today:

“The best thing Jonjo can do is concentrate on his football,” “We have been talking about that.”

“He’s a very good player that has to grow in terms of being more mature and being more focused on what he can do on the pitch.”

“It’s easy to see teams marking him man-to-man and trying to get him out of the game.”  “He has to grow and he has to learn.”

“It’s a question of time.” “He has a lot of challenges now.”  “He will improve and be a better player.”

“I think the Championship will prove to be really important for his future. “He has a lot of different situations, and he has to cope with them.”

“I think it will be important for him at another level when he will have similar problems.” “It’s a really good experience for him.”

“I will say that from the beginning of the season, also from last season, little by little, he has been learning and improving.”

“I think he is a good player, and there are not too many players of Jonjo’s level around.”

Jonjo has been a key player for us this season and when he was suspended for those five games, we really missed his creativity and wide range of passing and won only two of the games.

Let’s hope he can stay disciplined and fit for the rest of the season, because if he can do that it will greatly help our promotion push.

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25 comments so far

  • Matzmag

    Feb 11, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Does it matter who posts who?
    The place looks fcked up anyway.

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  • Ron Knee

    Feb 11, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo line-up:-

    Darlow
    Yedlin Hanley Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Mitro

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  • G

    Feb 11, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #3

    Completely off subject, but Osasuna play Real Madrid today. I wonder what odds I can get for an Emmanuel Riviere hat trick?

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  • Novocastrian66

    Feb 11, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    G; More chance of Leicester winning the Premier League.

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  • dem

    Feb 11, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Rafa Bingo

    Darlow
    Yedlin Hanley Clark Dummett
    Shelvey Colback
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Mitrovic

    2-0

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  • Moonraker15

    Feb 11, 2017 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    G
    Rivière hat trick? I’d give you 1000/1

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  • G

    Feb 11, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah, I reckon I would have more chance of a healthy return just burning my wallet!

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Thanks Ron, the wonder of cut and paste, great minds and all!
    Confirmed Rafa Bingo line-up:-

    Darlow
    Yedlin Hanley Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Mitro

    Going 1- 5, Mitro hat-trick!!! After calling him a dud, it’s bound to happen!!

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #9

    Where is JIB?
    Needed his training pics, was waiting for them before BINGO!
    Maybe on the lash in Cardiff – https://goo.gl/images/F3ur1W
    For JIB
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtCOprRDUm8

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  • chicousa

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #10

    Rafa elsewhere has commented on how hard Mbemba has been training lately. I think one or two bloggers have suggested he be played at defensive midfield spot. With Colback and Hayden not being quite 100% fit I would like to see Chancel played there too. Not likely, but would be interesting!

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    On behalf of JIB – my mischief making before the blog encroachment of the loons, later, post match!!!!

    As Long as we beat the english – YouTube

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AILI4KEvNgw

    No sheep pics/jokes lads!
    Baaaaaaaaaa!

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  • Legolas

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Confirmed Rafa Bingo:

    Darlow

    Yedlin Hanley Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Hayden Shelvey Atsu

    Diame

    Murphy

    HWTL

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Howl’s that for a stat? More players are sent off dueto full mon!
    Maybe Jonjo and Mitro are glad it’s WOLVES!

    http://www.pressreader.com/uk/daily-mirror/20170211/282939565042772

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #14

    FULL MOON – mon, indeed!
    May mean more loons than normal on match day, on here!!

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  • check the toastie

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Always thought Mbemba could be our enforcer and ball winner in the middle of the park, athletic, quick with good stamina, can also drive forward, would prefer him over colback who offers nothing, utter rubbish.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    toontaff2

    Yeah you’re correct I copied your cut and paste! 🙂

    Darlow
    Yedlin Hanley Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Mitro

    Two possible permutations would be Atsu (strong chance) for Goufrron or Murphy for Mitro (not so strong) two surprises could be the return of Colback or Gayle.

    Another tough game so 2-1 to us.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #17

    oontaff2

    Yeah you’re correct I copied your cut and paste! ? Forgot to say Rafa bingo team
    Darlow
    Yedlin Hanley Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Mitro

    Two possible permutations would be Atsu (strong chance) for Goufrron or Murphy for Mitro (not so strong) two surprises could be the return of Colback or Gayle.

    Another tough game so 2-1 to us.

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  • chicousa

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #18

    toastie
    Mbemba has the quickness and aggressiveness needed and is a good tackler. And with Tiote gone, need a bit more cover at DM.

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  • toontaff2

    Feb 11, 2017 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19

    EGB – oontaff2
    loontaff2?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #20

    We’ve been nominating our worst ever signing, which got me wondering which players we thought would be rubbish but actually turned out to be good buys,

    Sibierski was one who sprang to mind and I have to confess I thought at the time that Shearer was a bad buy but glad to be wrong there. We also had a Scandinavian player whose name evades me Loovens or something like that who gave us some good service.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #21

    toontaff2 yeah sorry, I inadvertently cur you off in your prime. 🙂

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  • AncientC

    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Jon dahl tomasson did okay for himself after leaving Newcastle. Tomasson and Andreas Anderson were for me about as bad as it gets. Anderson had a strange unorthodox style of running, that at full flight, usually ended in him tripping over his own feet with nobody even close to him.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    My confirmed Rafa Bingo
    Darlow
    Yedlin Hanley Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran
    Mitro

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  • GloucesterGeordie

    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #24

    I fancy a pop at this, first attempt!
    Comfirmed Rafa Bingo line up:

    Darlow
    Yedlin Hanley Clark dummet
    Shelvey colback
    Ritchie Diame gouff
    Murphy

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 11, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Ian Toon and his team of multiples with Jib as manager are the blogs worst signings!

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