Rafa Benitez Starts With Strong Team At Valley Parade


Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has just named his side for the third pre-season friendly of pre-season at Valley Parade in Bradford.

The manager in charge at Bradford is Leeds-born Stuart McCall (shown above) who was a player for two spells at Bradford City and is in his second management spell for them.

Here is the team as just reported on the Newcastle United Twitter account.



Mbemba, Hanley, Dummett, Aarons, Mitrovic and de Jong – who started the last game – are on the bench at the start of this game.

We also expect it to be all change again at half time, as Rafa gives as many players as he can a run-out tonight.

It would be nice to get the win tonight against the League One side.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.



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212 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Canny team and bench with a couple more to come

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  • Ron Knee

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #2

    The return of Ritchie!

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Bobby

    Depends on how quick we moved for both manquillo and for Merino, the other signings were in the press for longer as it took a while to get the deals done, manquillo and merino it seems we’ve been alerted to availability and moved quick.

    We live in a world that is full of leaks, in all aspects of life and business. I do agree most of the stories are bs but some do carry water

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Rafa is beginning to show who he currently thinks is is strongest team.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #5

    Glad Ritchie is back, the no10 position is still a worry, I don’t like ayoze in that role

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Micky at 4, beat me to it.
    Looks closer to our preferred starting line up.

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  • bladeuser

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #7

    JAIL
    nothing sinister it’s a log in I use at work more to do with rotor blades for the aviation industry
    ASH OUT

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Better let Rafa know Our Toon is not happy with him picking Perez.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Unless Shelvey is used as no10 when merino comes in

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  • YoungMag :P

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #10

    So the second half team…

    ____________Woodman
    Gamez_Mbemba_Lejeune_Manquillo
    _________Diame_Colback
    Murphy_____De Jong_____Aarons
    _____________Mitrovic

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Toontaff

    Still got a chip on shoulder mate, dear me you need to grow up!!

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Young Mag

    Aye it’s taking shape with depth and looks good what we have on bench

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Henri is still involved. Thought he’d been binned.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Is this game being shown live anywhere? Any periscope links or owt? Thanks in advance

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #15

    Bladeuser,
    That’s comforting.

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #16

    Our Toon, you clearly are a humourless soul. You cannot say anything positive, can you? Calling anyone who disagrees with your negative waffle a child makes you sound like the chip is heavier on your little shoulders, pal.

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  • toon kk

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Harley
    Tbh I don’t know much about the lad but has come from a very good squad of players. I know it is not possible to rate a player through a you tube clip but at least it gives us a idea of what the lad Is all about. Very pleased to have him on side.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Ok. We are signing another clubs bench warmer…However…. A Dortmund benchwarmer is a different prospect altogether. As a few have already mentioned, the starting midfield there is awesome, so the likelyhood is this guy would walk into our 1st eleven. Can only see positives in this one. Don’t see him as a reject, more likely a player who wants to play more than he is at the minute. Very pleases about this one.

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  • Bobbybee

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Our Toon, like the other 300 we’ve been linked to. BS more than not.
    The two that were in the press was simply down to prolonged negotiations – which saved us about six million from the prices they stated at first. Good business.
    Do you know who was keeping this lad out at Dortmund? Sometimes a move is the only option for a player who wants to play rather than sit on his backside picking up wages. Rather have that sort myself!

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Pleased

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  • magspuggy

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #21

    Old git

    Its a joke fella try not to take it so seriously

    If i offended you i appoligise

    It was only in jest.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail,
    He makes Airfix models in other words 😆

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Toontaff

    To be fair to Our Toon in this case, Perez has only occasionally looked good as a no.10. He is very inconsistent. If he produces his rare good form more often, then great, but I also have my doubts at the moment.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Mark
    Your right mate. I’d take a Dortmund bench warmer any day. Their bench is pretty phenomenal though so this lad had a job on pushing for a spot

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  • Budge123

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #25

    Bobby – re Glass Jack staying in London.
    He probably doesn’t want to uproot his young family. Can’t blame him there really.

    Also we’ve probably dodged a bullet if we were interested in him
    The last thing we need currently need is 100 k a week sitting in the S Taylor sweet.

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Toontaff

    You are obviously keen to fit in hence the digs you keep throwing in. I suggest you go back and read today’s blogging rather than coming on with issues you have from discussions 4 days ago. Everyone seems to have moved on but you can’t, only kids and other type of ppl hold them type of grudges.

    I suggest you fully read things to be informed of the days discussions prior to typing.

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Looks like we are trying to do most of our business under the radar now. Probably for the best in the current market

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  • Budge123

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #28

    Suite lol

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #29

    So 2nd under the radar signing in the space of a week. Rafa has gone into stealth mode!

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  • Our Toon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Bobby

    Very true on the links of 300 plus mate, hobo made a list on previous thread, please see below and be mindful he was replying to bladeuser

    HoboToon

    Jul 26, 2017 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Im optimistic about this lad. People saying he struggled to get games at dortmund forget that Mikhitaryan sat on the bench so much that he was no longer needed. Also, you have Gotze, Rode and Kagawa sitting on the dortmund bench so of course his chances to shine were limited. Dortmund saw something in this lad, and so does Rafa, HWTL

    Also add in the American lad pulisic (spelt wrong sorry) and you see what kind if quality they have

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  • hibbit

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #31

    there’s 3/4 on HoboToon’s list that would walk into our team not sit on our bench so i woulnt read to much into him not getting game time !!

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  • hibbit

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #32

    wouldn’t

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #33

    Newcastle United: Rob Elliot, DeAndre Yedlin, Ciaran Clark, Florian Lejeune, Paul Dummett, Isaac Hayden, Jonjo Shelvey, Christian Atsu, Ayoze Pérez, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle.

    Starting line up

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Mark, Perez/De Jong/Diame – all are dubious for first choice at no. 10.
    Our Toon is just one of a number of commenters who always find a way of turning everything NUFC into a negative, miserable experience. I was having a playful dig at him. Seems, he thinks I am a child, need to grow up, have a chip on my shoulder and am doubling up as Toontime. 😆

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  • hibbit

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #35

    we now need to see some departures

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  • toontaff2

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #36

    Cannot get the NUFC.co.uk commentary to work, again, but have got a link from NUFC.com to Live Sports FM.

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  • ToonTime

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #37

    Dortmund are the 7th highest ranked club in Europe so no mugs! Julian Weigl is the guy who kept Merino out of the team. Only 22 himself but already an established German international.

    Our Toon: I don’t think in Merino’s case he just happened to come available. Apparently Rafa had him watched at the U21 Euros back in June.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #38

    toontaff,
    You’re a very serious dude, I can see you moving to the Platinum club permanently after next Sunday.

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  • sing in the corner

    Jul 26, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Welcome to Merinho!
    I’ll be pleased for Jack Colback if he gets a decent move now. He has been a good servant to the club, a real grafter not blessed with creative talent but never given a fair deal by the majority of our fans n my opinion. He has copped unfair amount of the blame and stick for the shortcomings of a succession of team mates, on many an occasion.
    Good look Geordie!
    The other less fashionable players in our squad should watch out – new hate figure / skapegoat needed now. Wonder who is next?

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