Rafa’s Plan On This Policy Starting To Benefit The Newcastle Side

Rafa Benitez has always been keen on having competition for places at every single position in the Newcastle side.

And the manager wants to bring in another goalkeeper, left-back, winger, and striker this week before Thursday night at 11:00 pm to further increase the competition for places in the Newcastle side.

And after Newcastle’s excellent showing and 3-0 result against West Ham on Saturday we cannot see Rafa making many changes at all to that side that played so well and worked so hard for our terrific morale lifting victory.

Jonjo Shelvey should be back from his three match suspension, and impressive center-back Florian Lejeune should be fully recovered from his ankle injury.

But we’d surprised if either player makes an immediate return to the side, and we expect both of them to start the next game in south Wales on the bench.

Isaac Hayden – improving all the time at Newcastle

Ciaran Clark and captain Jamaal Lascelles have played really well in the last couple of games in central defense, and they play well together and have a good understanding.

And youngsters Isaac Hayden and Mikel Merino both had good games in central midfield, and both are likely to keep their places at Swansea in our next game after the two-week International break.

Rafa has talked about Isaac who still has plenty of room for improvement, but he’s already a much better player now than when he was signed from Arsenal last summer.

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

“Isaac is working hard to improve as well.”

“One of the main things you try and teach them is their understanding of the game – to have the compassion and commitment to know what to do in every situation.”

“The game plan was to work very hard and in two or three things they were crucial in that.”

“The plan was to stop West Ham doing their job and they did that very well.”

“Still I think Hayden has plenty of improvement left in him. He has the potential and is still a young player.”

“He will need time but he will improve.” “I would also like to win with Shelvey in the team!”

“It was important that every player and those that came from the bench that if you play well the next player has to do the same.”

“That’s perfect for the team.” “And for sure he will have to fight for his place back when the team plays like that.”

“Now they will have a chance to relax and we will see how they compete in training.”

33 comments so far


    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Our toon
    Like you, im not convinced by gayle at this level and tbh his head seems distracted for one reason or another so selling him now as long theres a replacement or 2 would make sense…thats not to say if he stayed i would be on his case,he deserves a chance..like any player,but i have my doubts.


    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #2

    I tbink they could a few stories and links over next few days that will build hopes,crush hopes and quite literally be bloody stupidity!….but should be entertaining tho! Lol

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #3

    I think it would be unfair to break the partnership of Lascelles and Clarke if they’re keeping clean sheets. But if Lejuene is really that much better than them it would be foolish to leave him on the bench.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Just wish it would hurry up and shut so we know where we’re at. I think if Rafa is still here after the first week in September he’ll be here for the season at least.

  • jayphoto

    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    @Lochinvar – think its more Leeds are interested in Gayle than Gayle looking to move to Leeds..
    Can see him going though, there was rumours that Newcastle were offering him up for 20m back as far as June, seems he’s Rafas David Kelly..
    Cant see us signing this Icelandic guy, smacks of someone trying to generate interest.. reckon for sure we’ll bring in 4 OR 5…one being Kenedy, the other possibly being Tagliafica… Got a feeling we’ll get Praet and Reina in the end too and apparently we’re favourites for Slimani on loan…
    Hypothetically If our total summer business is Reina, Manquillo, LeJeune, Tagliafica, Kenedy, Merino,Atsu, Murphy,Praet and Slimani should that see Rafa happy with the squad for the season?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    That’s some wish list, hope Mikeys bought a wallpaper stripper.


    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Aye that’s my thinkin if we sign a few and rafa still here next game then i think he’ll be here at least till end of the next transfer window maybe end of the season…if we dont…he may well be so pissed off and frustrated.he just may walk.

  • hibbit

    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #8


    that would be one hell of a window in my eyes,
    would Rafa be happy i honestly don’t know

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #9

    If we got those players I’d be happy

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #10

    5 signings in 4 days?

    HAHAhah DREAM ON. we’d be lucky if 1 walks in.

    it’s been a month and we can’t even conclude kenedy.. lol!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11

    There’s only three days left now isn’t there and Mike’s been very honest and told us there’s no money, you can say what you like about him but you just have to admire his honesty regarding this window.

  • izzyb1991

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Afternoon chaps,

    Long time reader but only posted once or twice before and that was years ago.

    Firstly – keep fighting the good fight Ed. Been keeping track of the health updates, can’t be easy to keep up the blog but you’re doing an amazing job. Love reading the comments from everyone sending you their support, good sense of community and shows how highly everyone thinks of you sir.

    I’m just posting to ask if anyone knows the best way of getting tickets for Newcastle v Liverpool? Haven’t been to a match for a while, it’s on my birthday, my best mate’s a Liverpool fan and of course the Rafa link all make it the one match I’d love to see this season. I’m not a member and I’ve got no points. Happy to get membership for it but as I understand it, it works on a point system so even with membership I won’t be able to get a ticket. Beyond that, I assume that a game like this will sell out straight away so won’t make it to general sale. I’m just curious if there a way of paying a member / ST holder to get a few tickets for me? Or is that a big no-no and against member / ST policy? Couple of pre-game pints in it for anyone that might be kind enough to help out.

    If its possible for me to buy tickets myself then any advice on that would be helpful. Apologies in advance for not knowing the ticket system better. Hopefully the blog hive mind can help a mag stranded down south out! Cheers!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #13

    The best way is to become a member as they will most definitely go on members only. Secondly there’s a Facebook page called nufc face value tickets, you could try there.

  • hibbit

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #14


    getting one ticket for that game will be hard enough but getting a few will be next to impossible

  • izzyb1991

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Ta Jail, but what about the membership points system? Do I need prior purchases to get access? Would it almost be worth buying a ticket for Swansea which I read is 0 points just to get a few points accrued? Or will Liverpool tickets almost definitely be available to all members regardless of points? Will check out that page for sure!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #16

    It’s The away tickets that go on points

  • izzyb1991

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #17

    I see – so points only matter for Away games. Hibbit – how does one get a few? Do season ticket holders have first dibs before tickets go down to members? Do I just have to be first in line to get a few or do they restrict them to 1?

  • Shoulders knees

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s been a long close season and transfer window. Lots of angst plenty of rumours, so maybe I will just go to work and comeback when it’s closed 😉

  • lochinvar

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Jayphoto and Barkel from earlier – good to know that Mrs. Gayle is from Forfar as she’ll regard Newcastle as the south and wouldn’t want go any further below this longitude

    Agree that Gayle isn’t looking to go anywhere that’s journos again taking the michael – lad just needs his fitness back and a few nights good sleep with Gayle Jnr’s arrrival

    The link with Kjartansson is good and clearly has been influenced by what Ashley’s seen on TV and he’s realised that Rafa ” should have gone to Iceland”

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Join as a member and then keep a close eye on Nufc.com or the official site .co.uk for when they go on sale, it will be first come first served and you might get two together but I doubt in the Gallowgate.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Just a very minor point Re. Anita, he’s in the outgoing box as going to Villa but actually is now a Leeds player and doing very well playing left mid field. Just to show how versatile he is and Rafa ought to be a bit annoyed about letting him go. Still water under the bridge now!!

  • izzyb1991

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #22

    Thanks Jail. Fingers crossed!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Not sure we need another Striker with both Mitro and Joselu showing they can score, don’t know what’s happening with Gayle, does he have injury problems, is he up to the EPL or is there a confidence issue.

    If there is an issue I would be more than happy to see Toney, Longstaffe or Armstrong coming back as 3rd strikers.

    Don’t know why we aren’t having a closer look at USA players, Geovinca is one that springs to mind.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 28, 2017 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Speaking of the USA, it’s really sad and shocking to see the catastrophic events taken place, best wishes and sympathy to those effected.

  • hibbit

    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #25

    didn’t we have a lad from Texas who used to come on regular Sargent Haggerty

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #26

    I think we definitely need another striker in. We scored 3 against the worst side in the league right now and we scored 0 goals in the previous 2 matches. We have a long way to go to be a decent attacking side.

  • GeordieTwo

    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #27

    The U.S. won’t listen or change to prevent more climate change. They are going to continue to be lashed by huge hurricanes which are going in intensity because of warming waters. Katrina, Sandy and now Harvey. Get back into the climate accord and help convert away from fossil fuels or continue to pay the price. My thoughts go to those in Texas but this is only going to get worse.

  • chicousa

    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #28

    As you mention USA players, I would like to see us get Christian Pulisic from BVD. He would definitely be expensive, but would fill our need for a #10!

  • barkel

    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #29

    G2 – Not wanting to get into politics but your statement isn’t entirely true. Trump has stated that the US would leave the climate accord but that’s not until November 2020. Many American state governors have disagreed and vowed to keep making difference to prevent climate change

  • chicousa

    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Sorry typo there: from BVB

  • chicousa

    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #31

    We should absolutely never have walked away from the Paris accord!

  • Shoulders knees

    Aug 28, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #32

    Having been relieved with Saturdays win, confidence plays a massive part in the teams fortunes so to that end do we think we that sports psychology guy we had a couple season ago? 😉

  • nufc 11

    Aug 30, 2017 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #33

    I think rafa is willing to sell Gayle to fund the Lucas Perez deal.


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