Rafa Talks About Transfers – On The Preston Game Manager Says We Have To Improve


Rafa Benitez has been interviewed after the 1-1 draw at Preston and he seems to have been a little disappointed with the level of understanding between the Newcastle players and he pointed that out as an area that has to improve.

On the transfer front, Rafa says we have to get down to 25 players for the Premier League and at the moment, of course, he has a lot more than that – so players will still need to leave the club.

The good news is that he can use any transfer fees he gets for the players he sells.

Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates after scoring at Preston after only 8 minutes

And even through Aleksandar Mitrovic scored Newcastle’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Deepdale Mitro could still be sold if a club comes in with a £16M offer for him.

This is what Rafa told the Shields Gazette after the game when asked if we were close to a transfer breakthrough:

“We (Rafa and the club’s hierarchy) are in contact all the time. We still have time.” Daryl Murphy yesterday joined Nottingham Forest, and more players will follow the striker out of the door this summer.

“We have too many players now, so not all of these players can have a future at the club,”

“We have too many now and we need 25 players. I don’t know about those leaving because it depends on other clubs, but we continue to monitor every situation.”

As far as the Preston game this afternoon at Deepdale this is what Rafa had to say – again as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“The fitness is quite important. You can see that they were a little bit more sharp.”

“Still, the understanding between players and the tactical work, we have to improve.”

There’s late news tonight that we are trying to hijack a West Ham deal – here’s our report on that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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100 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #1

    For those advocating that mitro should be sold and replaced with a ‘natural goalscorer’ will that not just leave us with a new striker and gayle for our striker position? Would be interested to hear who this natural goalscorer is in your eyes too as then it enables further discussion rather than just continually stating to sell mitro.

    For what’s it’s worth, when mitrovic was bought he was unfairly (at his age) given the pressure of leading our line and keeping us up. Should he have been bought to compete with an experienced striker, I would have to say yes. Similarly, should he be kept and compete with gayle alongside the new striker to brought in, again I would say yes.

    I think most agree that right now, mitrovic isn’t good enough to be our number 1 striker. The thing is that he is not going to be our number 1 striker so I don’t see why people get upset about it. A new striker will be bought and whether mitro is sold is dependant on the fee we are offered. I for one would much prefer to have gayle, mitro and new striker to compete rather than having gayle and 2 new strikers. Bearing in mind that we do not have the resources to buy two top strikers.

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  • Mag52

    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #2

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    What I’d like to know is who at West Ham has won the lottery ?
    Not Karen Brady I hope.

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  • giimps

    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #3

    dont need to win the lottery, they got millions for their old land and got a stadium off the tax man for 50p and a packet of swizzels a season (compared to premier league earnings)

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #4

    I too would like Mitro to develop somewhere on loan with option to bring him back and see him score bucket loads but that is a luxury I doubt we can afford as things stand. As for your goalscorer I would have gibe all out for Chicharito or Batshuayi. Maybe even bring Remy back. There are a few out there but ofc they won’t come cheap.

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #5

    More mins on the clock and nobody hurt

    That will do for today.

    We need another striker if mitro stays or not.

    Perez what does he bring to the squad ??

    At least mitro holds the play up well and fights for the ball.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Magspuggy- Perez is versatile and chipped in more goals than Mitro in the Championship too. He is more creative but a bit too lightweight. He has much more technique and is way more mobile, though sadly he very lightweight. Murphy was even better at holding the ball up than Mitro and showed Mitro how to properly play as the lone Striker. I was really hoping for Mitro to blossom in the more physical yet inferior Championship as we all were but sadly it wasn’t to be and he failed. Granted he is still young but ideally we should get in a replacement and send him on loan.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #7

    No meltdowns today, or is this the calm before the storm.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Still wondering how Jacob Murphy did today, deos anyone know?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Snapping someone’s hand off if they offered 14M for Mitro last season might have sounded a good idea, not so now the way prices have shot up, unless someone is going to offer 30M, which they are not then he’s better off here on the bench and trying to earn a starting place. I think he could become a top player.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #10

    Mitro should stay unless we get really good money for him. He’s young and scored more than Perez has in his sole season in top flight football. He is a different option off the bench if needed, he doesn’t seem to struggle against very good defenders at international level and plays up top by himself. He’s still young so happy to give him time much like ayoze

    Positives from today is that players got much needed minutes and by the sounds of it no injuries, glad Mitro scored and by the sounds of it he did quite well. Sdj got another 60 odd minutes under his belt as well.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Talking to a Liverpool fan today and they are serious about offering 70M for Van Dijk, apperently he’s gone on strike?

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Jail

    Agree with you, 30m I’d take in heartbeat but with the way the market is I’d rather bring in another forward either on loan like batshuayi (wishful thinking). Have enough to stay up and then build a really good side for next season with the extra money

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Jail

    What could have been if we’d got him, it’s a serious amount of money, good player but his attitude to force a move isn’t right. 70m and another Southampton player off to Liverpool, bonkers it’s almost 1/4 of Ashley’s asking price for the toon

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Our Toon,
    It’s not like we didn’t need a CB either, oh well it saves us all from kicking off about selling him now 🙁

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Jail
    Not just the bindippers
    Arsenal and Chelsea are sniffing around
    Could end up one big fcuk off bidding war !

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Kudos to Charnley for getting Murphy at his asking price, does that make up for Delle Alli, Bony, Wayama and Van Dijk slipping through the net for fear of stumping up cash.

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #17

    We were a midgie’s dick away from buying him from Celtic in 2015
    But we had Colo ,Iron Mike and Tayls so we didn’t bother
    😀

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #18

    Jp
    Im pleased you see somthing in perez i wish him well but he flustrates the heck outta me.

    The sooner we buy a first class striker the better and him and mitro may get the chance to grow at nufc.

    Neither would be my first pick on the team sheet tbh.

    I hope they both prove me wrong.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Of course Mitro can still come good. Many players get off to a flyer as kids, then hit the wall against better players. You get the ones like Rooney and Owen who are exceptional, but they tend to drop off earlier as well.
    Those players need to change their game and then come good again and generally last longer.
    Just seems strange that we can’t afford the same understanding to our own players. Many on here have written Arma off at twenty, but are willing to give Perez more time and he’s years older.
    No question Arma needs to show improvement this season, I’ve said it myself, but if we can wait for Mitro, why is it that local lads never get the same sort of leeway. I don’t mean just Arma, it seems overseas players who’ve cost millions get get out of jail free cards, yet local lads don’t get that understanding. Always struck me as strange.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #20

    OT,
    Our interest in Fostieri cooled very quickly last year after he went on strike.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Dwight Gayle’s 3 seasons in the Prem have yielded 6 more goals than Mitro managed in his one season in a side relegated. Perez managed 4 more in his 2 seasons. If Mitro had cost the fee Perez cost, and vice versa, would people still knock Mitro and still praise Perez?

    We definitely need a new striker in, but I haven’t seen us linked with any that I’d rather have over Mitro. Obviously, if someone offered £30million, you’d be hard pressed to say no, but who would you replace him with, even with that money? We’d need 2 strikers in, and £30million doesn’t stretch far for 2 strikers at this level.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #22

    Diego Costa was 25 before he managed to score double figures in a league season

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  • kc2012

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #23

    JP

    I was on the game Today and Murphy looked well. His off the ball work was decent, dragging defenders out wide but didnt see too much of the ball really, but we’ve definately bagged a very talented lad. Looking forward to seeing him in the Prem. Manquillo looks very quick aswell. I was surprised at Mbemba Today, looked very decent going forward and didnt stop running. SDJ looks like he’s well and truly ready for a good season and could be massive for us. Other than that everyone else played well.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Shirt prices make interesting reading. Spurs, Arsenal Chelsea etc, fans are paying £75 for a replica shirt providing the name on the back is five letters or less. Expect to see a lot of Spurs fans with Lane, All or Rose on the back!! 🙂

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Kc
    ” you where on the game today”

    Bloody hell fella i know season tickets aint cheap but thats ganning a bit far innit.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Grrr, Spellcheck! Kane, Alli and Rose. Write out 100 times ‘I must read before posting’.

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #27

    Damn, Ed went crazy there for a second!

    Repost:
    @Ancient – I’m o glad to read someone else saying that. I’ve long said Mitrovic hasn’t had a decent run in the first team to progress- when you watch him for Serbia he seems to fit in with the team far more. He’s got a good record for a young player at full international level (9 goals in 28 appearances- many as sub) and I’d be irritated if we invest in another young European player and sell him before he’s had much of a chance to reach his potential.

    It’d be yet another version of the quite frankly criminally suspicious cases of Cabella and Thauvin- how you can make the EXACT same mistake with two players like that who then end up at the same club on loan and then permanently at a reduced fee compared to what we paid is incredibly suspicious. It’s either corruption or complete ineptitude.

    I don’t understand why everyone just let that pass?!

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Mag52
    Karen Brady – not quite but they got the Stadium ina dodgy deal with the Tories
    ie. Boris

    West Ham will pay £2.5m a year in rent over their 99-year lease – a grand total of £247.5 million
    The £2.5m annual rental figure will halve to £1.25m a season if West Ham are relegated
    The 60,000 capacity stadium will eventually have cost £701m following a £272m conversion to make it suitable for football
    West Ham will pay only £15m towards the conversion cost.

    London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) will meet all the running costs for the stadium, providing everything from stewards to corner flags
    West Ham must pay an additional £100,000 for each match they play over an agreed total of 25 per season
    West Ham must pay up to £100,000 per season extra if they finish in the top half of the Premier League
    The club must also pay up to £1m in the unlikely event they win the Champions League.

    Boris Johnson
    Overturned Livingstone’s decision but only after construction on the stadium was already under way. Appointed himself as chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation six months before West Ham deal was signed.

    Karren Brady
    Signed the deal on behalf of West Ham after being charged with securing the stadium for the club. Strongly rumoured to have received a £1 million bonus for doing so.

    Aside from spending a fortune of taxpayers’ cash trying to keep this deal secret, the LLDC has handed West Ham the stadium on preposterously generous terms and those of us footing the bills deserve a proper explanation.

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  • kc2012

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #29

    Magspuggy

    Do you want to repeat that in English kid

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 22, 2017 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #30

    @Charlie – well said.

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #31

    We were supposed to pay £8m for Cabella
    Before any money changed hands Cabella went on loan to Marseilles in exchange for Thauvin a fee being quoted of £12m which involved an adjustment of £4m which again wasn’t paid , then Thauvin was returned to Marseilles for £10m and the balance was settled.
    There was probably some financial shenanigans went on to bend FIFA rules
    To say it was criminal is ironic when you think of Platini and Blatter
    😀

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #32

    kc
    On the game – is a euphemism for prostitution

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #33

    @ Jib – I never said it was criminal, I said it was suspicious.

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  • kc2012

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib/Magspuggy

    Ahh im having a simple mind day as usual. But yes well i’ve got to pay the bills somehow lol

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #35

    I cannitt spoke proppa england man im geordie.

    But you got there in the end mate..

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  • nightfa11

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #36

    Goalkeepers: Tim Krul, Freddie Woodman (U21), Karl Darlow, Rob Elliott

    Defenders: Paul Dummett, Achraaf Lazaar, Massadio Haidara, Jamaal Lascelles, Grant Hanley, Ciaran Clark, Chancel Mbemba, Florian Lejeune, DeAndre Yedlin, Jesus Gamez, Jamie Sterry, Javier Manquillo

    Midfielders: Henri Saivet, Jonjo Shelvey, Isaac Hayden, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, Matt Ritchie, Christian Atsu, Ayoze Perez, Mo Diame, Siem De Jong, Jacob Murphy

    Strikers: Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Manu Riviere

    that’s 30 players and we only need 25…so to sign 4 more players we need to sell: krul, darlow, hanley, haidara, lazaar, saviet, colback, diame, rivi.

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #37

    @nightfall – remember that U21s don’t count.

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #38

    Go nufc

    Is it only woodman that counts as u21 ??

    I think it is armstrong would too and callum roberts but i doubt he wont be sent on loan.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #39

    As it stands I see us being short but of we can sign 4 or 5 players minimum for first xi things will look very different.

    I consider this to be the situation using 4231 and the bare minimum requirements

    New gk

    Yedlin mbemba Lejeune dummett

    Shelvey New DM

    Ritchie New No.10 Murphy

    New Striker

    Ideally we would sell about 8 players and buy the same.

    Lots of players I’d have named as a good signing appear to be going elsewhere so I hope we have targets abroad and the cash to make it happen.

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  • Jib

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #40

    gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 22, 2017 at 8:07 PM
    Comment #33

    @ Jib – I never said it was criminal, I said it was suspicious.

    It’d be yet another version of the quite frankly criminally suspicious cases of Cabella and Thauvin

    Silly boy

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