Rafa Talks Transfers – We Have Clear Idea Of What We Need To Do

Newcastle got off the mark with an excellent 3-0 home win over West Ham yesterday.

We now have 3 points from our first 3 games with a goal difference of zero – a decent enough start to the season given we lost two players through injury and one through suspension in the first 48 minutes of the season at home to Tottenham two weeks ago.

Rafa still wants some new players brought in over the next four days of the transfer window so we are hoping owner Mike Ashley can help him to do that and maybe loosen up the purse strings a little.

A smiling Rafa Benitez – we know what we need to do

This is what Rafa had to say after the great 3-0 win yesterday afternoon when asked if he still had to bring new players in, as reported in the Chronicle:

“Yes, we have to.” “Nothing changed in the first two games and nothing has changed now.”

“We have a clear idea of what we want to do and will try to do it.” “I don’t know if we can do it – everything.”

“We will try to do the main things if we can.”  “No (we didn’t do too well against West Ham).”

“They know exactly what we are talking about in terms of targets and players we have to move out because we have too many.”

“We will continue trying to do this and hopefully we can achieve what we want to.”

“But it’s difficult to say – sometimes it depends on the other teams.”

One of the few negatives of yesterday was when Aleksandar Mitrovic clearly elbowed one of the West Ham players in the second half, and it looked deliberate.

We just hope no retroactive action is taken by the Premier League against him, but that’s more indiscipline from the Serbian.

Both Jonjo and Aleksandar must start behaving themselves on the pitch and not put the team in jeopardy this season.

We have already moved Emmanuel Riviere out to Metz, and we are hoping Siem de Jong’s move back to Ajax is finalized today.

Four new players brought in by Thursday night would be great, but we’ll have to see what’s possible.

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12 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #1


    I think Rafa will stay for this season, but after that, who knows?

    And just when more players are becoming available for selection what does the idiot Mitro do?

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Re Rafa, he won’t resign/walk, it’s not his way, Ashley won’t sack him, it’ll cost him too much (see McClown), so the only way he will go is if another club comes in for him and agree to pay the compensation, West Ham I hear you say? Well they have stated before they don’t want to pay it.

    Who knows.

  • Bambams

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Read this article and no where does it suggest he is walking. Just headline making.

    Rafa is speaking in his second language and he is merely pointing varying timescales and some countries you don’t have projects.

    When Rafa comes out and states ‘I am leaving (and gives a reason) I will take notice. All this is journo’s trying to create ANOTHER negative story about our club.

    Take a look for yourselves


  • Ron Knee

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Would Rafa want to take on another basket case like West Ham? I doubt it!

  • Bambams

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Rafa quote ;

    “We will try and bring in players that will give us something different. We know these players.”

    Obviously something will be happening the next four days

  • firebug666

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa won’t be leaving, neither would he be sacked. Ashley has welshed on the money he promised Rafa for transfers, but that’s the type of bloke he is. Rafa will no doubt be used to dealing with difficult and idiotic owners and board directors.

    He will get us through this season, we will stay up, and he will get the money he needs next season, if not???

  • hibbit

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Mitrovic out £15m….. Jovetic in £12m……. would make sense !!

    i see a few stories about this morning that we are prepared to sell Gayle ?????

  • toontaff2

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #8

    Firebug, leave us oot of Fatty’s lying 😆
    Welshed 🙄

  • firebug666

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    I don’t know what it is with Gayle since the birth of his daughter he hasn’t seemed interested, talk of his head not being in the right place, having a virus etc etc.

    Maybe he needs moving on.

  • firebug666

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #10


    pmsl: My humblest apologies, reneged on his promise to Rafa then! 😀

  • Tenbytoon

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Just when Mitro starts to convince me, he trys to out do Shelvey for the thug of the year award, plenty of talent but no braincell between the two of them

  • Slank

    Aug 27, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #12

    Benitez will depart at some point but when and under what circumstances only he and the owner will decide.

    Performances on the field and results will in all likelihood determine Benitez’s future, as It nearly always does with managers.

    He can complain about not having enough money but he must accept much of the blame as he has admitted himself that he may have misunderstood or didn’t fully appreciate the circumstances under which he accepted the offer to have all the money generated from promotion for use with transfer for which he now had full control.


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