Inspired Transfer Window Necessary For Rafa To Achieve Goals

The mini-collapse of Newcastle since early March and especially over the last three games, when we have one point and Brighton have taken 9 points may have spooked some Newcastle fans.

Maybe we have thought this Newcastle team is better than it really is, but it is certainly inexperienced and there’s not many of our players who have had success in football at the club level.

Of course that’s also probably true for Brighton players although they have had the extra experience of two seasons fighting for promotion after last year missing out on second place on goal difference (2 goals)  to Middlesbrough who look like they will be relegated from the Premier League this season.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

It’s sad watching these games when the relegated sides seem to have little or no confidence.

It’s good that Brighton have been promoted and they certainly deserve it and now Chris will want to reach 101 points and 31 wins – one more win and one less point than he achieved with Newcastle seven years ago.

Chris has done brilliantly at Brighton.

Rafa was always going to have a huge reshuffle of his squad this summer and because of the failings at the end of this season – there’s now only three games to play and we are still not assured of promotion – that overhaul may be even  greater now.

Rafa will at least want to finish in the top 10 and we expect privately he wants to better than that on his return to the Premier League with Newcastle.

Lots of players will leave the club this summer,  but what’s more important is that we attract some top players this summer to join Newcastle.

It will not have helped us that we will not go up as Champions or that we have struggled at the end of the season.

But then there’s the obvious draw of Rafa and the new Newcastle United and we expect to be able to attract some very good players.

We’d be surprised if Rafa and Lee Charnley don’t already have one or two players lined up and Lee will make the move once we are officially promoted.

Assuming we will get an automatic promotion spot still.

With the mini-collapse of Newcastle, the powers that be at the club will be very keen to have a very good transfer window this summer with many of the new players on board before pre-season training starts at the beginning of July.

The lads will have a good eight week break this summer with the Championship closing on Sunday, May 7th, with all games kicking off at noon.

But it makes it even more important that Rafa and Newcastle can attract some top players this summer and maybe some of those we have already been linked with may not be good enough?

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

44 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 18, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    140k a week!! I just cannot see Ashley paying those kind of wages for the quality that we need !

  • martoon

    Apr 18, 2017 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party – To be honest he is a good player but not that good especially with a transfer fee on top of his wages.

  • midweek weekend

    Apr 18, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Having now taken some time to reflect on the defeat, it’s really just one of them games in football sure you can’t win them all but we just couldn’t get out of the first gear, starting eleven is criticised and rightly so but players like yedlin and Atsu should relish playing a team like Ipswich, yedlin for me had a horrendous game which is a real shame cause he knows he can do better than that.

    Next season will be interesting if we go up there will be a lot of outgoings and hopefully we can bring in the players which would of stopped the collapse on Monday

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #4

    it’s taken Chris Houghton two and a half seasons to achieve promotion its his team built with his vast knowledge of the championship and it’s players …………are they good enough to stay up ???????????

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #5


    That is the worry he is a good player but if that ends up being the standard for players at his level and above……

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #6

    I hope people aren’t really expecting half a first team to be bought in the summer. It’s one thing drafting in a load of players to compete in the championship, quite another to find willing PL quality that’s at a price we can pay, earning wages we can afford, who’s right for your coach, the systems he wants to play. And then we have to beat off whatever competition there is from a host of teams already established in the PL who have stacks of TV money in their back pockets and are looking to freshen up their teams.
    We will be desperately searching, but it’s going to be hard work!

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #7

    sing in the corner

    my thought’s would be
    2 decent quality prem players
    2 young loan players
    2/3 cheaper players Rafa has up his sleeve
    and that’s if things go to plan !!!

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, never got a chance to say good luck with the chemo. My wife came through it last year and apparently the new meds help with the side effects but it will be very hard for you. Hopefully NUFC will keep a pep in your step with some good signings. Keep fighting Ed.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Aye, we need lots of quality no doubt there, but it is going to take a long time to overhaul. I am sure the blog will have its meltdown days if we don’t blot up every player who ventures onto the market a la Football Manager. And of course our current squad will sidle quietly out of the tradesmans entrance, just like that! 🙂

  • RUNAWAY777

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Lets get the f..k out of this league before we think of transfers that’s why things go wrong thinking ahead of ourselves again.

  • toon kk

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #11

    If we’re promoted i expect a few quality aditions on MA budget of course. Certainly not half a new squad.
    I think in our first season back we could be struggling in the bottom half of the table, then hopefully move upto a mid table club over several years.

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #12

    after the trials and tribulations of this season ,think i’d be happy with mid table mediocrity of a prem club for a year or two .

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #13

    I thought Will Hughes looked ok last night for Derby, tried to drive them forward, and looks more robust than he was last season. Could be a one to go for if we are out of the Cairney running?

  • lukes26

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #14

    agreed…Hughes always impresses me when i watch him, he’s like a more mobile Shelvey

  • JamesToon

    Apr 18, 2017 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #15


    All im hoping for is rafa being given the reigns to do what he wants within a certain budget of course but to make sure we upgrade on the likes of dummett, hanley, gouffran, colback, diame and murphy

  • toon kk

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Rafa will want to sell and replace cirtain players come the end of the season, down to our poor form the value of the players will have dropped.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #17

    The answer to this is very simple.

    It’s nerves!!

    Thas why Huddersfield stuttered too. All they need to do is realise its just 3 games. Go out and enjoy them. Stop worrying about what might be and play without fear. It’s fear that’s holding them back. Nothing else.

  • lesh

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Lee Ryder’s penned another piece in today’s Chron and he’s again referred to the lack of incomers in January – despite Rafa’s stated wishes. Again, he’s referred to Carr pitching up at some matches and implying that he may have influenced Ashley to block any spend.

    Assuming we go up, I’d expect Rafa to clarify or should I say, reaffirm his role in regard to being fully in charge of players and player recruitment.

    So, there could be two hurdles to clear before we start thinking about comings and goings for next season – promotion and Rafa’s continued employment as Manager, his responsibilities and authority over recruitment.

    I suspect that he may want to have Carr put in his box but whether Ashley would see that Carr’s advice and expertise aren’t really worth enough to risk losing Rafa is open to question. But Ashley’s likely to make Rafa carry the can than Carr whose advice he seems to hold in such high esteem – it of course justified by the players he’s recruited and are proving hard to get rid of!

    However, on the up side, Birmingham’s appointment of ‘Arry Rednapp might well be our saviour – Brum have to play Huddersfield on 29 April by which time he’ll have had a few days to work on his new charges and get them into winning ways.

    But, we shouldn’t have to rely on others getting us up and maybe it’s time for Rafa to take a chance with one or two of the young players who might not feel the pressure.

    Oh what joy it is to support Newcastle United.

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #19

    toon kk

    which players value do you think will have dropped ????
    would be very interested to know


    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Murphy is the only player I can think of who we won’t atleast make our money back on

  • Munster Mag

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Deffo agree on a few players needed. Realistically 5 first teamers surely. Could that mean up to 100 million minus sales or am I mad? A decent player is going to cost us 20 mill ?

  • toon kk

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #22

    Hibbitt thinks there going up in value.??

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #23


    how much did we pay ???
    all i can find is 2 year contract undisclosed fee !!

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #24

    toon kk
    NO i don’t i just don’t think the players we bought will have gone down
    big problem i can see is we pay top wages in the championship that other clubs might find hard to match


    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #25

    toon kk
    U said they were losing value not retaining value is that what u meant? We’d make money on most though Ritchie Gayle Clark Diame would all bring in more than we paid

    Somewhere between 3-5 mill from what I can gather mate

  • toon kk

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s only common sense if players are preforming well there value go’s up, they’re more sought after by other clubs.

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #27

    toon kk
    when did common sense come into it
    just look what spurs paid for sissoko !!!

  • toon kk

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #28

    We’ll be keeping our best player’s. But had walked the league every player would have had a greater value. I’m not saying we’ll be making a loss. Just they’ll not be worth what they could have been.

  • hibbit

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #29

    toon kk
    i ask you a genuine question in a relaxed manner that’s obviously touched a nerve
    don’t bother to answer my interest in your opinion just faded


    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #30

    toon kk
    …right that seems like a stretch to be negative about them to me

  • toon kk

    Apr 18, 2017 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Would you have paid as much for Sissoko? Maybe you would?
    There’s a difference between business and general value for average players.

  • dazza

    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #32

    We need to buy 2 – 3 quality players for the spin of the team that includes a goal scorer.

    We then need to loan as many players as possible, a la Roma.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    The blog was at it’s best when we had a lot of Ashley supporters to provide decent ”debate”. Now there is an anti Rafa squad gathering a head of steam things should start heating up!

  • toon kk

    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #34

    Just stating a point.

    Extra money for the sale of players would have come in useful to rebuild if we’d been preforming better .

    What do you think?


    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #35

    toon kk
    If they performed better we wouldn’t need to spend as much to rebuild surely

    This seems a very odd point to me

  • Novocastrian66

    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Just a thought on the reason for our recent and alarming slump. There may be one or two players or even 5 or 6, who now know they will not be part of the club’s plans next season. As a result the may have their heads turned and are not focused on the job at hand.
    While I would not goes a far too say they are not trying to win it would be only natural to be less motivated than earlier in the season when teams could not match us.
    Small things can have a big effect.

  • toon kk

    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #37

    What ever.
    There’s a lot of pointless debates on this blog.
    Mash will run the club how ever he wants no matter what anyone says.

  • AncientC

    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #38

    It would be interesting to know how much Diame earns. If it is anything over £20k a week, It would be fair to say the club will not get its money back on him. It was a nice gesture for Diame to talk about retiring from international football, but the damage was already done at that point. I personally didn’t believe Diame to be good enough for the PL, even when he was showing some flashes of form.

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 18, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #39

    I can’t believe you say there is an anti Rafa squad !
    Wtf do some supporters want? We’re gonna be back in the premier league, albeit with a big wobble but when you look at the managers we’ve had recently, some people need to wake up.
    When we are up we have a manager who will be where he belongs.
    Brighton are having there day now but we will rebuild for next season and will be comfortable whereas Hoots will struggle as he lacks gravitas for the top league.

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 18, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #40

    Rafa will be judged at the end of the season on whether or nor we achieve promotion and rightly so. If we are promoted its mission accomplished and we will see what he’s made of next season depending on the funding he’s been given.


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