There’s Some Good News About Rafa Benitez’s Squad

There hasn’t been too much news on the football side of things at Newcastle since last Thursday when Newcastle didn’t manage to bring in one new player to the squad.

The national newspapers, in particular, think that Rafa Benitez will now leave Newcastle because he’s not being backed by the owner.

But it looks like he will stay on until the end of the season, and hopefully, we will still be a Premier League club by then.

But the likelihood after that is we will not have a world-class manager at the helm because we screwed it up.

Correction – Mike Ashley screwed it up and big time.

He was given a world-class manager who could have taken Newcastle to new heights, and he wouldn’t support him.

Who will Mike ever support if he cannot or will not support Rafa Benitez?

When you look at the 25 man squad we have,  there is some balance to it.

Here’s the squad:

Aarons, Rolando
Clark, Ciaran
Colback, Jack Raymond
Darlow, Karl
Diame, Mohamed
Dummett, Paul
Elliot, Robert
Gamez Duarte, Jesus
Gayle, Dwight Devon Boyd
Gutierrez, Ayoze Perez
Haidara, Massadio
Hayden, Isaac Scot
Lascelles, Jamaal
Lejeune, Florian Gregoire Claude
Manquillo Gaitan, Javier
Mato Sanmartin, Jose Luis (Joselu)
Mbemba, Chancel Mangulu
Mitrovic, Aleksander
Murphy, Jacob Kai*
Ritchie, Matthew Thomas
Saivet, Henri
Shelvey, Jonjo
Sterry, Jamie Michael
Twasam, Christian Atsu
Yedlin, DeAndre

We have two decent players in each position except that we really need four strikers and have only three – but there again Rafa usually only plays one striker in his 4-2-3-1 formation.

It’s not now true that we don’t have a fit natural left-back available, now that Sadio Haidara has been moved back into the squad.

Chancel Mbemba is filling in at the moment for the injured Paul Dummett, but Ciaran Clark, a left-sided center-back, has played at left back many times before.

Rafa also moved central midfield players Jack Colback and Henri Saivet back into the squad, and Saivet had a decent game against Nottingham Forest when his work-rate was outstanding.

We don’t have the star players we were expecting, but maybe what can save us and save Rafa, is if we perform well through the end of the year.

That would be solely because of the organization and man-management of Mr. Benitez.

Then Newcastle would have the chance to bring in some players in January – maybe even on loan to bolster the squad.

But at this point, after what’s happened in the last two transfer windows, you have to believe that Rafa has his eyes fixed on another job come this summer.

If he does leave then it will be soul-destroying for Newcastle fans everywhere.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Sep 3, 2017 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #1

    My biggest concern currently is that Merino will not be tied down to a contract, would be typical to lose him due to thriftiness. Get him signed permanently now Rafa, looks a Rolls Royce of a player. Reminds me of Matic with vision

  • ron kasorga

    Sep 3, 2017 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #2

    personally i think RB should stop moaning and move on with the players he had. Fans need to be positive and support the club. It is not about who we have as a team, but rather how each of the player can play as a team. Leicester City was a classic example when the won the Premier League. We cant change how MA think about the club but we as fans can change the way we perceive to our team. Forget about big money spending and bringing in superstars, the one that RB brought in the likes of Florian, Atsu, Jacobs, Mireno, Joselu are stars in the making !!

  • magscar

    Sep 3, 2017 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #3


    Mister Tuff

    So got where you live wrong. Big deal the rest of my post is spot on and no amount of wriggling will alter it. Simply stop making “general” barbed comments about what another poster has said and no seeming confusion can arise. I don’t believe it was lazy posting in the sense you had read so much and couldn’t recall which poster has said it. It was deliberate and not befitting of a man of your age. You have the solution, your choice whether you use it or not.

  • custurd

    Sep 3, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4

    #check the toastie – I recall reading somewhere that NUFC are obliged to purchase Merino for £6 million after he’s played a certain number of games. Let’s hope it’s true, eh?

  • north east lincs toon

    Sep 3, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    To be honest with that squad the only players don’t think are up to the prem is sterry and colback and maybe darlow think Aaron’s will rip some teams to shreds once he gets going in Rafa we trust

  • wynsleap

    Sep 3, 2017 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed- That’s not ‘good news’ about that squad – sorry!
    Out of the squad you name, Colback, Diame, Dummett, Gamez, Haidara, Saivet and Manquillo are hardly top class.
    Aarons and Gayle maybe OK but seem injury prone. Sterry is untried and untested and Shelvey and Mitrovich, however good they may be, are perennial nut jobs who can’t be relied upon to last 90 minutes on the pitch.
    That’s 50% of the squad who are of doubtful use. Is that good news?


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