Four Top Players Rafa Benitez Should Sign This Summer


Given that Newcastle win a couple of games soon or Huddersfield drop some points in the next few games then it’s almost certain the club will be promoted back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

And that is exactly what we wanted and needed, so we get back to those big bucks which are  anywhere from £100M through £180M per club, as part of the Premier League’s new and enormous three year TV rights deal.

If we couldn’t have made the jump straight back up then it would have been dire – to say the least.

James McCarthy – Everton midfielder

And yes it’s still not a done deal that we have been promoted but it basically means Newcastle will need to get 7 points or less from their final five games and Huddersfield will need to win all of their remaining six games for that shock to happen.

We would still finish in 3rd place and be in the playoffs.

Newcastle have been linked with a number of players this season and one position we are not clear on is striker and who Rafa will bring in.

But that’s been one of biggest weaknesses this season and Rafa is said to want two new strikers.

We’ll not address striker in this article but here’s four players who would add real experience and skill to the Newcastle side.

James McCarthy – shown above

James has had hamstring problems lately, but he still doesn’t seem to fit into the Everton picture under new manager Ronald Koeman.

Rafa wanted him in January and if we are to believe the news then the Irish International was keen to join Newcastle and the Rafa revolution.

James could cost maybe up to as much as £20M, but he would add class to the side.

Andros Townsend – a return to Newcastle

Andros has shown improved form since January for Crystal Palace and he scored a good goal last night in their great 3-0 home win over Arsenal.

That’s now five wins in the last six league games including that 2-1 win at Chelsea so Sam seems to be working his magic again.

Andros is looking a lot better at Palace these days, but we still think Rafa wants him at Newcastle for £13M and  Andros should jump at the chance to return to Tyneside.

It also looks like Geordie fans will forgive him for leaving us last summer.

Andros would have the opportunity to work for a world-class manager who rates him – what could be better than that?

Harry Maguire – Hull center-back

Harry has looked very good in central defense for Hull this season and it seems Newcastle are interested in signing the player this summer.

Harry is said to be keen to join the Rafa revolution and one area Rafa will strengthen is in central defense for around £12M.

It looks like  Chancel Mbemba is likely to be moved out in the summer.

Charlie Taylor – Leeds left back

The Leeds United left back will become a free agent this summer and it will be a good time on Friday for Rafa to take a look at a player who could be quite a bargain for Newcastle this summer.

One area that needs to be strengthened this summer is left back with Massadio Haidara and Achraf Lazaar both likely to be moved out of the club.

While Newcastle seem to be prepared to pay top dollar for top players they will also need to bring in good players with bargain buys – much like last summer.

Charlie could be one of  those bargain buys.

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203 comments so far

  • JamesToon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Mag52

    I don’t get it, we’ve seen our team blitz teams at times this season, 6-0 away at qpr, bet every single fan thought we were on top of the world, it could have been 8 or 9-0. We played some fantastic passing football, in that 9 game winning streak, along with some games where we had to grind out the results.

    I’d rather be in our position playing this so called negative hoof ball (which i really dont believe the long ball part, plus stats say we’re one of the best passing teams) than be in say fulham’s position who only know how to win one way by possession football.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #2

    We’ve seen very few managers over the years who can light up the premier league or whatever with their beautiful style of football, but very very few seem to get the balance right between style and also being dogmatic and having a solid defence and being tactically flexible, Mauricio Pochettino is a fine example of this. But the former, we’ve seen the likes of martinez in his first season at everton, laudrup’s first season at swansea, rodgers 2nd season at liverpool, poyet at sunderland, bilic’s first season at west ham, but they all begin to falter because they all took over from managers that had the defence well drilled, then those foundations start to fade away. Benitez is one of the very few managers who can get that balance right, and don’t just care all about the style, it is a results based game, thats why he is a winner and the managers listed above are not.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #3

    Eddie Howe i think is the next Pochettino, maybe a potential successor for us, maybe for everton or arsenal, but he came in to the premier league playing some of the best football, but they’ve started to falter, conceding tons of goals, and now they are regaining some form, and i think thats because eddie is starting to try and get the balance right between defence and attack. Good football isnt just about what you do with the ball, its what you do without the ball as well.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #4

    James Toon,
    You really are fighting a losing battle when trying to persuade someone who thinks that maybe Rafa wasn’t the right man for the job because we are two points from the top. The same people were saying Pardew should have been getting more from his team of super stars when the reality was, despite his chronic limitations he had them punching well above their weight.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #5

    JFA

    Your opinion fair enough

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail, you have a right hard on for pardew dont you!! I didn’t think you’d respond to my last post, you keep beating that rafa can do no wrong and how dare anyone question him. When the next manager comes in you’ll be berating him as he doesn’t match up to rafa, you should change your name to leopard.

    James – it is just as important what you do without the ball than when you don’t have it, hence why I like the new breed of managers that play a pressing game. Pressing high up the pitch, best form of defence is to win the ball back early not sit back and defend….especailly with what we have available to us.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #7

    OT,
    I fon’t know what kind of perverted mind you have but I certainly don’t have anything of the sort for Pardew. When people whine as much as you it’s because they want a change of owner or manager, you obviously don’t want Rafa here as you never stop complaining about him. Who would you rather have given Guardiola, Mourinho and Klopp are currently employed?

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  • Fostino

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #8

    4 good signings if it happened. Striker needed too

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Jail

    If that’s the type of language he comes up with, don’t waste your time as he’s not going to offer anything in the way of intelligent conversation.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #10

    I still like rafa, just don’t like the brand of football we’ve played when we are superior than others.

    I could understand it if we were in the prem and up against some of the big boys

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Jail, I thought u had left the blog. As u can see I’m still frustrated with the tactics and sideways football. On a personal level I think Rafa is a decent honest man and his visit to the party for the disabled was a lovely gesture. I do think we have the best squad (some halfwit was saying Leeds etc have better players. What??) and I think if we stopped worrying about defence and attacked teams and made them worry more about us, we wud have extra points. That said being clear of Huddersfield is great and I am thrilled. I think it could be very tight at the end. Seriously squeaky bum time without gayle (our bet is dead:(). Anyway let’s hope for the best but if anything I think we are going to tighten up even more. . Hope all good with you. We may argue but we are still still toon fanatics and long may that continue. Now come on Rafa, attack Leeds and then we could go on a run with a decent win under our belts.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #12

    Our toon

    Yes i think at times hes been too cautious or defensive, i would love to have seen us carry on the brand of football we played in october/november, but nows all about results. I do think the brand of football is effected by the intensity of the players, sometimes rafa is a little too systematic to the point where the players can be very static with little movement ahead of the ball which leads to slow unpurposeful passing.

    I always seem to know in the first 15 mins of a game whats going to happen, like against wednesday i had that horrible feeling, but like in games in the start of the season e.g. against leeds away, qpr away, ipswich home, we were passing it around with a purpose, intensity and movement.

    I think the stronger our squad gets the better football we’ll see.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail

    Apologies if I offended, it’s just that you keep bringing up pards for whatever reason. Not sure why you keep insisting with it, that’s all.

    Have I asked for rafa to be sacked or for rafa to be removed? Please show me where I have said rafa should go? Again there you go with your insinuations and accusations, the 2nd I make one you were offended.

    I want Ashley to go, always have and always will as nothing will change with him in charge. As for rafa, I want him to adapt to the rigours of modern football and not be stuck with the same philosophy which has served him anywhere as well as it did in his Valencia and Liverpool days

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda

    I’ve added plenty of intelligent debate today except for my nasty comment to jail which was out of order. I’d call it a balanced opinion rather than a rafa can do no wrong opinion. You are also another who used to blast previous managers for bringing back players to early from injuries and defensive football…..but you’ve changed your time as well and no longer see that.

    As for injuries Gayle crocked again this time his other hammy which can happen but last time he was bought back to earlier at home to villa I think, kept him out for longer

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #15

    OT,
    Like I said when there is constant bitching about something or someone it’s because you want change, who could do a better job. All this bullshit about it not being an acheivement if we won the division. He has got where he is due to his brand of football, he is not going to change because of someone belittling on a blog and you get yourself in the Gallowgate and try your luck singing FSW 😀

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #16

    James

    Spot on mate, I made that comment and mentioned the 2nd half of the season which has been poor. Earlier on barring the opening 2 games where we lost, as a team we’ve battered sides and pummelled sides.

    At home we’ve had this issue where our record is really poor considering what we have, yet it’s the same tactics and same formation rolled out. I’m not asking for a lot, a bit of flexibility and less of the cautious stuff.

    I’m glad someone understood what I was getting at though

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  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #17

    I think a high quality #10 is our biggest need for next season. First choice would be Gylfi Sigurdsson. Cairney would also be a good shout. Siem DeJong hopefully can stay healthy but that is not something I think anyone should bank on, so would bring him back into the squad for depth / backup and move Diame and maybe Perez out.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Jail

    Constant bitching? Wow hit a nerve have I?

    It has occurred to me that you truly have stopped reading comments, unless they insult you, and you cherry pick comments to suit your argument, as for FSW the idiot who has referred to rafa as that has already been called out for what he is. Now you’ve entered that into this debate to insinuate it was me. Shock, instead of debating and reading comments you get very defensive (much like the 2nd half of the season) to change opinions by making up lies. Maybe you and pardew have more in common hence why you keep bringing him up.

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Heard from a pretty decent source we’ll be taking Andre Gray if we get promoted!
    Reckon we’ll go back for James McCarthy as well.
    Similarly, the amount we looked at Tom Cairney suggests we’ll probably go back there if Fulham don’t get promoted.
    We’re desperate for left hand side options too, reckon we’ll spend the most on a wide option. Gonna go for a left field option of either Muniain, Oyarzabal or Sandro
    Be a little surprised if we took a centre back as we have 4 that are in my opinion good enough for the Premier league

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  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2017 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Apparently Tottenham are looking at Andre Gray.as backup to Kane….

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #21

    Jay

    I’d like Gray? Hopefully it’s true what you’ve heard.

    Sakho, kone would also be good along with Shaw, Wilshire, siguardson and maybe Delph. These players should be up for grabs in the summer…could be a good window

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  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Our toon

    The difference between Sam allardyce, pardew and Rafa is (despite the obvious experience and record) the fact that under Rafa we are achieving the goals set out for the club. Under pardew we did in one season, and during that time there was very little gripe expressed.

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    Andre grey wud be nice. It seems ages since we had a powerful pacy front man

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Lewspi the reason people like me concluded that rotunda was being obsessed with pardew is that he complained when the Cockney dancer got us to 5th. I know Pards is a self adoring fool, but if Rafa got us 5th he wud be rightly praised.

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  • magspuggy

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Is Townsend still a target ?

    Gylfi would be a good buy as a #10

    A fit dejong as a squad member will probably happen and be like a new signing..

    McCarthy @ 20 million could be worth it but will probably cost more.

    I’m really looking forwards to seeing our new premier squad and still think we will do business in the 50-100 million range.

    Exciting times to come

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #26

    @ourtoon – apparently we were watching him at Brentford but Burnley paid well over the odds at the time, then again at the end of last season but we were relegated. He’s got a year on his deal left which makes it all the more possible. Heard he wants out after Burnley blocked him joining Leicester last summer.
    Id avoid shaw, looking through his history, so many managers that coached him have questioned his mentality, not just Mourinho but right the way from Southampton youth coaches, Nigel Adkins, Van Gaal etc,
    Personally I’d love us to make a move for Adama Traore and Dani Ayala at Middlesboro, wouldn’t touch any sunderland players really

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  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    magspuggy
    It would be interesting to know how well Shelvey and Sigurdsson got on together when Jonjo was at Swansea. If they got on well that might add to our chances of attracting Gylfi to Newcastle.

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  • magspuggy

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Aye mate that’s a thing I hadn’t thought of tbh.

    Shame we don’t have any ‘jacks’ on the forum

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #29

    jay
    Adama Traore? Bit early to be hitting the drink so hard lad

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  • jayphoto

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #30

    @WWSRBD – you not a fan? I reckon theres a player in there somewhere, the guy is rapid too, good control, needs to work on final ball but young enough to develop. Wouldn’t be my go to, but if we’re looking at players from the relegated sides..

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Jayphoto

    I mentioned this before, but I think Rafa would be the perfect coach for Luke Shaw, he’d get the best out of him and would massively improve his defensive abilities and tactical awareness, plus he is so much better going forward than Dummett. 18mil for a 21/22 year old proven in the prem is a bargain these days.

    It’s like Shelvey, Rafa has really developed his work ethic as a midfielder, that’s all that was needed. All very well being technically very good, but as a central midfielder work ethic and defensive duties are vital.

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Team for next season?

    Darlow

    Yedlin Lascelles Maguire Shaw

    Shelvey Camacho

    Ritchie Cairney Jesé

    Wilson

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #33

    Reckon we’ll go for either Wilson or King from bmouth (king the better option) both extremely quick and strong, and work so hard

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Adama Traore looks very good, but does he have that work ethic or final product that Rafa wants?

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 11, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #35

    jay
    He’s one of those players who look like world beaters until they have to do something. He’s just got no final ball at all…tbh am not sure there is many attacking players from the relegated sides. Boros defence however would be grand

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Adama Traore will end up at Chelsea, he was linked quite heavily with them. Would like to see him at the toon though.

    I again agree with Jamestoon when it comes to shaw, twice in 1 day…..wtf!! I think rafa can get the best out of Shaw, he did really well at Southampton, really kicked on and fell away after 2 leg breaks at man utd. I wouldn’t read to much into what mourinho says…..hes trying to get some extra fight out of the lad.

    If not Shaw then Olsen at Swansea, he’s looked like a good attacking lb.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Lew

    I know what the difference is between rafa and the other 2. I didn’t mention off field stuff, I was discussing the type of football we are currently playing. It’s very similar to the shite under them 2 previo7s incumbents.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Wwsbrd

    They’ve been working on Traore final ball, he’s got better in a short space of time and is still young in terms of knowledge. Much like Sterling who looked god awful until Pep recently got a hold of him.

    Traore has set up some serious chances for the Boro lads but much like us last season they’ve been missed. You don’t get into Barca academy and come through the system if you have nothing about you, Traore will be a very good player under a proper manager

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #39

    OT,
    You accuse me of going on about Pardew but it was you that mentioned him in your post that said if him and Fat Sam were playing Rafas football. The big difference is Allardyce was looming like getting us relegated that season and most people tolerated the dross Pardew served up while we were winning. And I don’t know how a manager who’s biggest acheivement is a lower league paint trophy and another who’s biggest boadt is that he’s never been relegated can be compared to a guy with thirteen major honours.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 11, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Our Toon
    He does have something about him he can beat a man for fun but he offers nothing after that

    Not sure how u can say he’s improved in a short space of time though he’s been playing football for sometime now and he’s still got no final ball, there will be far better options available in the summer

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