Rafa Has Already Brought In Six Good Players – Knows What We Need And Want In Last Few Days

57-year-old Rafa Benitez with a limited budget so far this summer has already signed some good players for Newcastle.

On Saturday against West Ham, we basically tore them apart in that second half at St. James’ Park and won the game  3-0.

We had four of our new players starting the game and another one of them, Florian Lejeune, has been a starter in pre-season but is out injured.

Javier Manquillo, Mikel Merino, Cristian Atsu, and Joselu all started this game and another of our signings this summer, 22-year-old Murphy, came on as a late substitute.

Tha Man of the Match was Mikel Merino, and Josleu scored his first goal for the club set up by new signings Merino and Atsu.

Rafa Benitez – smiling on Saturday – no wonder!

So the players Rafa has brought in seem to have improved the team.

We estimate we have a net spend at the moment of only £22M, so even with that, we appear to have brought in six good players.

Now after the great performance on Saturday Rafa would love to bring in another four new players and unload some of the players we have as surplus at the moment.

Those include Siem de Jong, Achraf Lazaar, Jack Colback, Grant Hanley, Tim Krul, Henri Saivet and Sadio Haidara and if we cannot sell them, Newcastle will try to get them off the wage bill by sending them out on loan for the season.

This is what Rafa has said as reported today in the Shields Gazette:

“We have an idea of what we need and what we want.” “We have some names and we have some targets, and we are trying to do that business.”

“Maybe any club will have a player available that you are not expecting to come onto the market. At the moment, we know what we need.”

Newcastle have a gross spend of ground  £37M, but we have brought money in from selling the likes of Florian Thauvin, Daryl Murphy, and Emmanuel Riviere.

But after Rafa has had the players for a little while he can soon start to get the best out of them so maybe the six players we have are a lot better than we first thought?

The next three or four days through the end of this transfer window should be hectic for Newcastle – we hope they are hectic for Newcastle.


Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Veltman

    Aug 28, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Regarding Merino, he was slatted because he was losing the ball needlessly,making errors and inviting pressure against Huddersfeild.Was responsible for their goal too as he was carelessly watching Mooy doing the trick.No doubt he has potential and could be bargain buy but that doesn’t mean he’s beyond criticism if he does something horrible.Haven’t seen him at Westham but it’s too early to say he should be starting ahead of Shelvey.
    Perhaps Shelvey-Merino partnership could work as Hayden seems invisible for me so far.Hope that clears things up and Fingers crossed for the next Xabi.

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 28, 2017 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Aye your right, early days, as I said earlier.
    To be clear though, nobody is saying he is beyond criticism, like everyone else.
    He is definitely one to spark the interest and get you off your seat though.
    And the fans will definitely buy into that!

  • Veltman

    Aug 28, 2017 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye cheers sing.I was responding to someone who looked unhappy yesterday 😀

  • EllaGuru

    Aug 28, 2017 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #4

    Hayden seemingly invisible is quite common for those who sit and protect the back 4. I thought he was excellent against West Ham (not so much against Huddersfield). He broke up play well, and for the most part kept it simple. He also did try to get forward a few times, although with limited success.

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 28, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Spot on. Hayden Is in that thankless task category but appreciated by many non the less.

    Haven’t watched the rerun of the game but I’m still kinda wondering how Clarke popped up in the middle of the goal to head in the 2nd. Must have been set piece right before it?
    As JfA pointed out yesterday, he had the Gallowgate end fooled, to a man we all chanted Mitro! Mitro! in celebrating the goal but he was coming in behind Ciaran 🙂

  • Harley

    Aug 28, 2017 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #6

    Sing in the corner

    I was one of those fooled too in the gallowgate. There was a lot of laughter when it was announced it was Clark.

    Not sure if like me you thought it was Merino who did that little flick to put Atsu in and then found out it was Josalu on motd.

  • EllaGuru

    Aug 28, 2017 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #7


    I was watching it on tv, and I also thought that Mitro had scored! I cant remember what happened in the build-up, but it must have been some set piece as you say! Decent header though, even if he was completely unmarked.
    I am really happy for Clark. He has had a rough time of it until he came to us. He was brilliant for us last season, and he has started in the same manner this season. It also bodes well for us Irish fans 😉

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 28, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Haha yes, I must get my eyes retested!

    Absolutely! I didn’t follow Clarke at all before here but I can only say he has been remarkable since, especially for the money ( argghhh am I being subconsciously ‘Ashleyed’ ?) 🙂

  • beautifulmind

    Aug 28, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Am particularly excited about morino and also Murphy and like rafas other signings. Murphy and Aaron’s both stood out against forest. His finishing on the night let him down although he has a good scoring record in championship so not to worried. Would like to see both Shelvey and merino in same team. Could be special

  • sing in the corner

    Aug 28, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #10

    I have been pondering this… When Lejeune is fit, which seems likely for Swansea after international break, who plays at centre half?
    For me it’s Lejeune and yer man.
    Will Rafa drop cap’n Lascelles though?

  • EllaGuru

    Aug 28, 2017 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #11


    I cant see Lascelles keeping either Lejeune or Clark out of the first team when both are fully fit. Even if he is the captain!


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