Newcastle Will Lose Rafa Benitez If We Don’t Change Our Penny-Pinching Ways

We were favorites to sign Tottenham forward Deli Alli two years ago last January, and the deal was all ready to go through with his club MK Dons.

But Newcastle balked at the fees his agents wanted, and Tottenham came in at the end of that month and signed him for £5M and paid the agents fees and agreed on the deal very quickly.

Deli is now on of the best young players in the world and the 21-year-old 19 times capped England International will be playing at St. James’ Park this afternoon when we play Spurs.

How much is he worth now?

Deal for Tammy Abraham all agreed but Newcastle balked – again

But we balked because we wouldn’t pay up to £1M (20%) more for him in January 2015.

And according to a report in the Mail today Newcastle are still penny-pinching, and Rafa Benitez doesn’t like it.

Apparently, Tammy Abraham had agreed to join Newcastle after Rafa had talked to him at St. George’s and he even told friends he was excited to be joining Rafa at Newcastle.

But Newcastle balked (again) because of extra demands from this agent, and eventually weeks later Swansea snapped him up when they agreed immediately to all of the demands.

That was one of the long-running sagas this summer for Newcastle when we were supposed to be ready to sign him imminently every day for about three weeks.

One Newcastle insider told the Mail:

“We lost to a club that wasn’t even in the race when he first agreed to come to us.”

When Rafa says he is frustrated and not happy with the transfer window this summer that has to be one of the reasons – he thought he had Abraham all tied up early in the summer.

Newcastle will have to cut this penny-pinching nonsense out if we are ever to become a big club again and if we are to keep Rafa as our manager.

We agree the agents are greedy and their payments will only increase in the years ahead and it’s unfair and greedy and all that stuff.

But that’s how it is – and other big clubs pay out the money and get their men.

Newcastle needs to have a different outlook going forward – one of a big and ambitious club.

Not Newcastle it seems.

18 comments so far

  • dannitoon

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Utter Rubbish… if these players were so excited to come to NUFC theyd have told their agents to drop the demands..

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #2

    No freeloaders or mercenaries wanted at this club. Only players that actually want to play for the club!

  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #3


  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #4



    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #5

    The going rate is the going rate if we don’t pay it someone will which is why we missed out on all our top targets

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Also, as Penfold reports to Rafa (as Ashley said), then this is bollocks anyway, as rafa has the final say.

    Again, not on a match day.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #7

    Maybe its not the players demands that the TOON are baulking could it be the what the agent wants out of the deal.

    Like to know if there is any figures on how much agents take out of footballin a calendar year. some where I read or heard that the agent made something like £20 million out of the neymar deal.

    F**kin crazy

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Morning jesper

    At least we finally have some clarification about what’s been going on!

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #9


    Why can’t we discuss it today? Explain, please.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #10

    this is why we will continue to be left behind. we are already years behind the likes of stokes west hams and west broms… they’d hammer us.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #11

    The discussion about agents and their ludicrous fees is not one you start when tieing up a deal…that’s one you take up in plenum on a whole different level!

    …a professional club run by amateurs. I thought something had changed!

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #12

    Come on ffs get behind Rafa and the team and stop the negativity.

  • Tonytoon73

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #13

    wwsbrd what’s the score today mate, I will go 2-1 the toon

  • Jib

    Aug 13, 2017 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #14

    I wonder who the midfielder with the mystery injury is ?
    If Colback was asked to stand in for him during training it has to be
    Hayden or Merino surely.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 13, 2017 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #15

    This Ashley interview on sky will be dysected and contradicted at the end of each sentence. Ashley would have to have known that you can just see the pundits before today’s game nufc haven’t spent enough, they haven’t bought quality their doomed it helps nobody all this negativity. Ashley is just pathetically trying to cover his own back creating a sh-itstorm in his wake, he has done this to Keegan, Shearer and now Rafa.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 13, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #16

    It’s in the stars…

    Newcastle thrashed Tottenham 5-1 at St James’ Park in the most recent meeting in May 2016.
    Spurs have won only two of their last 10 Premier League matches at Newcastle (D2, L6): 4-0 in February 2014 and 3-1 in April 2015.

    Newcastle are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches (W3, D3).
    The Magpies have won just one opening league match in the last nine seasons (D4, L4) but that was 2-1 against Spurs in 2012.
    The past nine Championship winners have failed to win their opening Premier League game the next season (D2, L7).
    Rafa Benitez has not lost in his previous eight Premier League home games against Tottenham (W5, D3).

    And it’s Shearer’s Birthday, and Harry Kane can score his 100th PL goal – I’ll let him have it if we hit 5 (and they don’t hit 6).

  • Pitmatic

    Aug 13, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17

    I doubt it was penny-pinching that cost us Alli. We just got gazumped by a bigger club. Lucky for him really, or he’d still be in the u23s.

    Anyway, I’m going for 1-1 today. Ayoze for us on the half-hour. Sir Harry Kane early in the second. Red card Sissoko 89′.

  • ashleysmate

    Aug 13, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Pogba’s agent snatched 40mill with his greedy fat fingers


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