Rafa Keen On Signing This Forgotten England International


Newcastle were reportedly after Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph last January and there’s a report in the Guardian that Rafa Benitez may still want to sign him this summer.

It would not be surprising if the media report every single player Newcastle were after in January, because it would be a decent enough supposition that Benitez could want to sign them this summer.

Rafa will be looking to sign up to seven potential starters for Newcastle in the summer and he will looking for class to improve the quality of the Newcastle squad.

The Newcastle starting eleven in the first game of next season in the Premier League could have up to half of the side be new players signed this summer – but we shall see.

Fabian Delph – a Newcastle target this summer

Rafa is also expected to purge a huge number of players this summer who are simply surplus to requirements now that Benitez is building a squad to compete in the Premier League.

Because we are back in the Premier League the playing standards will be raised at Newcastle.

Not unlike a number of English players who sign for Manchester City, Delph has only played rarely and has just 40 appearances with four goals  in the almost two years he’s been at the Etihad Stadium.

It’s almost certain he will be allowed to leave the club this summer and that’s good for Fabian’s career, which has gone in the doldrums these last couple of years.

He cost Manchester City £8M two years ago when he signed on from Aston Villa and we would expect City to want at least that much for him if he was to be sold to Newcastle.

In some cases Rafa Benitez may bring in a player on loan with an option to buy so he can check that the player is good enough for his new Newcastle side and that could be the case for Delph.

While at Aston Villa for six years before joining City in the summer of 2015 he played 134 times with 8 goals and 8 assists and he has  a total of 9 England caps.

Fabian is a very good technical player and Rafa could certainly bring out the best in him, because the 27 year-old certainly has the skill and the ability.

He would be a decent enough signing for say £8M.

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92 comments so far

  • Polarboy

    Apr 29, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Delph would be a very solid signing. Certainly a vast improvement over Colback and Diame, and he can perform both of their duties comfortably i.e. ball interception with Colback and powerful runs with Diame.

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  • U.S Magpie

    Apr 29, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Like Delph, we should have signed him two years ago.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    Id certainly have him, wont be long until we are linked with Wilshere as well another Id have happily

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #4

    That was absolute class rafa at the end of his interview applauding the fans and also when the fans were chanting his name he was pointing to the players

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    Delph can definitely add something next season. If the price is right of course!

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    I would.

    He’ll be damn steep though I reckon

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    WW

    Jack wheel chair, not for me mate!

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Shire
    Better injury record and of higher quality than de Jong and people are willing to give him a chance

    Pretty sure he has a better record than Delph as well but ud have him?

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #9

    Well maybe not too much better but it will certainly be close

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Mhm Delph would be good. But who would go out of the team for him?

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  • one fine day

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Live game here in Aus tonight Sunderland Bournemouth
    S.o.s looks half empty

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  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    With Aarons and Armstrong next season aswell as potential signings I wonder if they’ll be given a chance? I hope for Aarons’s sake he stays fit.

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    YoungMag
    He’d join Shelvey and Hayden in rotation in the centre imo

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  • Belfast

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Tom Cairney a much better option. We need a forward? thinking midfielder. He the man!!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Wilshire let’s himself down with his off the field antics aswell as being a perma crock. But, each to their own

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16

    I see cairney has scored again

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  • Belfast

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Yep he’s been on fire last few weeks.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Not a Premiership player though! (Whatever one of those is)

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Shire
    Honestly who cares? Hes a footballer not a nun bet none of our current lot are saints Gayle got decked in a Liverpool night club a few months back shall we get shot?

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Cairney wont be available if Fulham go up though and they are my pick for promotion

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  • manxpie

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Ww de jong ain’t on 150 grand a week tho and Wilshire is out with another long term injury again he’s a right off imo
    Far better players out there let alone value for money
    Looks like old melty face ain’t getting payed this season

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    WW…,
    Aye Williamson, one of the most honest hardworking blokes we’ve had at the club under the Ashley era, never once complained and despite his limited ability always gave 100% even after being described as a shitty brown by Llambias, not his fault at all that he was often first choice when a better CB should have been in his place.

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  • geordiesteve520

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Could be some legs in this one, I know his agent and we were talking about this possibility about 6 weeks ago. He is also Defoe’s agent too,…

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #24

    manx
    Wilshere wouldnt be on 150k a week if he joined us in the Summer if Wilshere hadnt had injury problems he’d be starting for Arsenal

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Jail
    Thought u werent keen on players who intentionally get themselves sent off mate haha

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #26

    WW

    No one cares. All I’m saying is I’m not a fan of his and would rather have Delph. Sorry if I’ve upset ya! Ffs man!!

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #27

    Shire
    Not upset at all just trying to have a conversation…Ill not bother in future

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #28

    Gary Lineker:-

    As it stands all the games are on last on @BBCMOTD tonight.

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  • manxpie

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Nah not for me ww with our luck we’ll sign him up for 5 years and he’ll break both legs in his 1st game
    Would rather have a player who plays 90% of the time he hasn’t done much at Bournemouth tbh either

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  • Krul To Be Kind

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #30

    This lads a very good player who has gone under the radar since going to City. I hope this rings true… Huge upgrade on colback who in my opinion makes way for him!

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Rafa won’ sign knackers like Wilshere.

    He wants good, obedient pros.

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Difference with SDJ is he’s already here.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Conversation. Looked like it!

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  • manxpie

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Same with sturridge great striker when fit but another shocking injury record

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  • JamesToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Shire

    Would rather have wilshere then delph, don’t really know what delph is good at just a box to box player, wilshere although injury prone is technically very good, very creative

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  • AncientC

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Leeds 0-3 down at home. 1 shot for Leeds in the first half. Leeds must enjoy life in the Championship.

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  • Toon Tang

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #37

    Jebus on high Leeds have fallen off something good eh

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  • WWSBRD

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #38

    manx
    True but Id still not turn down Wilshere if the deal was right which tbf is all I said

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  • manxpie

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Haha leeds have totally collapsed like
    Cairney just missed a pen is he still the man Belfast?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 29, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #40

    JamesToon,

    That’s fair enough mate. I just think Delph is in the shadows at City and hasn’t had his chance. Wilshire hasn’t set the world alight at Bournemouth and is again out long term

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