It seems Rafa Benitez was pleased with the overall display of the team last night when we had a comfortable 4-0 win over Bradford City at Valley Parade.
Newcastle was dominant in both halves but all the goals came in the second half when Newcastle looked really good.
Goals from Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and a brace from newcomer Jacob Murphy were enough to give us the comfortable win.
After the game, Rafa talked about the performance but he also talked about the big problem he and Lee Charnley still has at the club.
Rafa Benitez – pleased with Newcastle display and performance last night
This is what the gaffer said about the 4-0 win as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“It was good. We created some good situations and also defended quite well.”
“It was what we were trying to do, although there are still things we are trying to improve.”
“But at least you could see a team that were trying to do the movements that we were practising in the training sessions.”
And Rafa also talked about the transfer market and the big problem he and Managing Director Lee Charnley have now – of moving out a number of our players who are no longer wanted at the club.
It’s a necessity to at least get a number of players off the wage bill to allow Rafa to bring in more players this summer.
This is what Rafa said about his current problem at the club as reported last night in the Shields Gazette:
“Every manager wants to sign more players. “And that is especially important when you are promoted from the Championship to the Premier League.”
“It’s maybe not the same when you’re already in the Premier League and you need three or four maximum. “When you are changing division, it’s more difficult and you have to bring more players.”
“But we have a problem, which is obvious, which is we already have too many players.” “We have to move players out if we want to move players in.”
“That’s something we have to manage between now and the end of the window.”
“It’s (the Merino deal) not quite done yet, but we’re working to try and finalise everything. I’m quite confident that we’ll do it.”
“Hopefully, it will get done and we will have a player with quality, who can help us in the middle of the park.”
Merino will be our fifth signing of the summer and maybe we will get in a goalkeeper, striker, winger and another central midfielder before all the incoming transfer business is completed at the club for this summer.
And as Rafa says we still have a lot of outgoing transfer business still to compete in the final five weeks of the summer transfer window.
This transfer window could be even more hectic than it was last summer.
What do you think?