Newcastle Looking At Loan Options For The Season – Worries Remain About Rafa Benitez

One big surprise that’s been hinted at all summer and is now starting to surface more is that Rafa Benitez seems to have very little money up front to spend.

Some of the money promised by owner Mike Ashley just a couple of days after we won the Championship appears to come from selling players we already have.

We remind everybody that Mike said he would give every last penny this summer that Newcastle had for Rafa to spend.

That is plainly not the case.

By our reckoning, we have laid out gross transfer fees of around £32M and sold £14M worth of talent in Florian Thauvin, Darrel Murphy, and Kevin Mbabu.

That means we have only spent £18M net this summer and we still have high wage earners on the wage bill such as Tim Krul, Manu Riviere, Henri Saivet, Sadie Haidara, Achraf Lazaar and others that we are trying so hard to sell.

One big problem is that many of them are on very high wages which means it’s difficult to unload them when they have good contracts at the club.

Rafa Benitez in the dugout on Sunday

So given that financial background, it’s not too surprising that Rafa is reduced to trying to make loan deals for Newcastle in the last month of this transfer window.

The Chronicle’s chief sports writer Lee Ryder has tweeted the news this morning Newcastle is looking at doing some loan deals:

We have to admit to getting a little bit worried at having a world-class manager scraping the barrel for funds and players this summer.

That’s when other managers not half as good as Rafa are getting massive amounts of money to spend at other clubs – including some – like Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo as one example – in the Championship.

This is not the way to keep Rafa Benitez on Tyneside for a long time – currently, his Newcastle contract runs out in less than two years.


Here are the ins and outs at Newcastle so far this summer.

Christian Atsu£6.2MChelsea
Florian Lejeune£8.8MEibar
Jacob Murphy£10MNorwich
Javier Manquillo£4.5MAtletico Madrid
Mikel MerinoLoan - seasonBorussia Dortmund
Joselu£5.0MStoke City
Transfer Fees In£34.5M
Vurnon AnitaReleasedAston Villa
Sammy AmeobiReleasedBolton
Haris VuckicReleasedFC Twente
Lubo SatkaReleasedFC DAC 1904
Florian Thauvin£10.0MMarseille
Kevin Mbabu£1.0MYoung Boys
Matz SelsLoan - seasonAnderlecht
Yoan GouffranReleasedGoztepe
Adam ArmstrongLoan - seasonBolton
Lewis Gibson£1.0M initiallyEverton
Daryl Murphy£2.0MNottingham Forest
Ivan ToneyLoan - seasonWigan Athletic
Emmanuel Riviere£1.0MMetz
Siem de Jong£4.0MAjax
Grant Hanley£3.5MNorwich City
Tim KrulLoan - seasonBrighton
Achraf LazaarLoan - seasonBenevento
Transfer Fees Out£22.5M
Net Spend£12.0M

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Bobby…the last time I checked Newcastle was close to the water 😉 anyhow…it’s crazt here especially in-town and the noise….

    Beer…I suppose I agree with Bobby…you sort of deserve those Seagulls with that nickname… lol

    Tsunki…it’s not just Mackems you have a problem with…what about them Monkey hangers 😀

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    *crazt = crazy

  • lesh

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3


    From previous thread

    Yup, that Times piece perfectly sums up what Rafa’s achieved in his short time here – despite Ashley’s efforts to destabilise the ship.

    Did/ does Ashley want Rafa to rebuild his club and achieve some success? It appears not by not finding ways to support Rafa’s recruitment plans. It’s surely not a case of can’t afford but one of won’t afford.

    What does Ashley want of Newcastle United? Is he trying to sicken one of the best managers we’ve ever had? Is Rafa too smart for Ashley?

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Ed…I do hope Rafa has that promise on paper…we all know that Ashley cannot be made accountable for that he says in a drunken rage!!!

  • Mag52

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5


    Surely at a time when we are clearly in need of a goal scoring CF, it seems odd that with funds so obviously short we are still after another goalie.

  • Jib

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #6

    The “It’s not like in the brochure” quote was actually 1992 – the very first time Keegan spat out his dummy – Sir John Hall finally calmed him down and the rest is history.

  • SeanNufc87

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    What about us monkey hangers jesper…

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8

    How long till the “deadwood” players contracts run out? What is the financial exposure?
    Surely NUFC loans unwanted players for whatever they can get to reduce the money burden.

  • Rafabomb

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #9

    League position .11th
    Points. 48
    League cup. final
    Fa cup. Quarter’s
    Player of season. Shelvey
    Top goal scorer. Mitro

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #10

    You’ve missed me off that prediction list


  • Reilly

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #11

    Percy will be a frontline pundit for sky sports this coming season.
    Thank christ i will be watching matches on NBC sports. 😆

  • bettyswallocks

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Jesper……….. We do have an abundance of seagulls in Whitley Bay. I recently took my young daughter for a day at the seaside and we saw a shady looking gentleman with a trestle table displaying a sign which read, “Seagulls for sale £2 each. Upon reading the sign my daughter insisted that I buy one for her so I reluctantly handed over my £2 , the seagull vendor then pointed way up into the sky and said,”That’s yours up there mate!”

    Later on in the day we were walking along the seafront , my daughter enjoying an ice cream cone I had bought for her , as she was leaning over the railings the ice cream fell from the top of the cone and landed on the head of an unfortunate gentleman on the beach below. The gentleman who was rather bald reached up to his head and declared to his wife,”These fu…ng seagulls must live in a fridge.”

  • Jack Root

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    The next Mike Williamson
    Interesting post at 50. 4-2-3-1 is just a variant of the 5 man midfield. One of the attacking midfielders can be switched for another holder, giving either a 4-3-2-1, the Xmas tree or the modern 4-3-3.
    The real problem is accommodating Shelvey who is our most skilful player but of limited pace and no defensive instinct. Rafa could well decide to effectively give him a free role to get the best out of him in a flexible formation without destabilising defensively. Often by fielding three midfielders who’s role is primarily defensive.
    It’s going to be a testing time for Rafa but he will recognise the need for fluidity both within the squad and with changing formations.

  • YoungMag :P

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    Any reason martoon you put that emoji after my name? Lol

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #15

    With a couple of top players the team would be quite decent. But Ashley isn’t going to fork out or he would already have done it. Whenever we did well in a transfer window it was early. The idea that prices are going to drop drastically at the end of August is ridiculous. Be prepared for a long hard fight to finish with less than 50 points. Rafa will get bored and frustrated by Ashley the liar. We’ve seen this story for 10 years now. The man is a buffoon. He reminds me of Donald Trump. That’s good old “he’ll get every last penny” Ashley for you.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Final League Position: 11th
    Final No of points: 45
    League Cup Round: Final
    FA Cup Round: 5
    Player of the season (Blog): Lejeune
    Top Goal Scorer: Mitrovic
    No of Goals for TGS. 15

  • Reilly

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Final League Position: 18th
    Final No of points: 35
    League Cup Round: 4th
    FA Cup Round: 4th
    Player of the season jonjo
    Top Goal Scorer: Mitrovic
    No of Goals for TGS. 11

  • c-dog

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #18

    hellodjo, I’m watching like a hawk. And I agree with you here. This is a player of real quality and fitting to lead the line at Newcastle United. If this and maybe one more quality central midfielder could come in and together with the Rafa factor we could, as Newcastle fans, be in for the season we’ve deserved for so long.

  • Tuna

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Hi all, is there an nufcblog fantasy football league this year?

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 8, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Generally prices rise as clubs start getting desperate and the decent players’ transfer fees rise as bidding wars ensue. Only the nobodies who no one wants go cheaply.

  • Posh_Geordie

    Aug 8, 2017 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Been reading this blog since it started a decade ago but just lurked. Felt I needed to post to wish Ed all the best. This Blog helped me through some tough times after a bad accident as I’m sure it did others.

    I’ve stopped using Newsnow. I was only using it to link to this anyway as I was sick of click bait sites like football insider and there laughable “reliable journalist” misleading headlines.

    To me I think we have transfer money for the right player but we need to clear our wagebill to sanction any new players in. But as so many have pointed out the deadwood are on high wages and, understandably, don’t want to drop wages after failing at a high wage paying club.

    On the captain issue I’d wade in saying the Captain needs to be a plater that is almost a guaranteed starter but no one should be undroppable if out of form.


    Aug 8, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #22

    There will be Rafa leaving party soon! If there is I hope it will be followed by an Ashley lynching


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