Rafa Benitez Hints At New Signing In January

First choice left-back Paul Dummett has been out since the first game of the season on 13th August when we were beaten 2-0 at home by Spurs.

The news earlier was that Paul would not return before November and now a clarification on that is that he will not return until after the next international break – which ends November 18th.

Paul played 46 times for Newcastle last season with 45 starts, and he was an automatic first choice for Newcastle at left-back, and it’s obvious Rafa rates the 26-year-old local lad.

Matt Targett – could provide competition for Paul Dummett at left back

Rafa has talked about the injury to Paul today on BBC Newcastle:

“We knew it could be long, and still we have to wait.”

“At least we have to wait maybe one month, and maybe more because it’s part of the process.”

“He will be back with us in time, we are already working hard to try and reduce the time, but it is clear that we have to respect that timeframe.”

“If we can bring someone to compete with him in January, it will be fine but at the moment I’m happy with the job the others are doing.”

Paul needs more competition at left-back when he’s fit.

We would hope that Newcastle would reconsider signing 22-year-old Southampton left-back Matt Targett maybe on loan in January, so Rafa has half a season to judge whether he’s good enough to join the club permanently next summer.

Matt has played for all the England youth sides and 12 times for the England U21 side.

But maybe Newcastle were forced into looking at a loan deal for Matt because of a lack of funds last summer.

And maybe there will be more money available in January to bring in a  permanent signing at left-back?

Hope so and if we have new owners by then – there will be.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

64 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 6, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I expect spending northwards of 80million in January with the new owners in place.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Oct 6, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Also, if shelvey is being touted for England it shows how crap England are. No offence to shelvey but he’s a top 10 club Premier league player. Not top 6 clubs. Country like England should be having champions league players in their starting 11. Not the likes of shelvey.

    During shearers era, shelvey and England won’t even be mentioned in the same sentence.

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #3

    ilovetoon – trouble is that if you look at top 6 you’ll find that majority of the teams are staffed by foreign players and not eligible to play for england – now if they change the rules so that you have to play for the country in whichever league you are playing, england might have a chance of actually winning something

  • Mindshaft

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #4

    If England have Henderson as a first choice we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel, I can’t see what he gives a team other than running around

  • hibbit

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    north of £80 million in January Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha LOL

  • AncientC

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Shelvey has a unique talent. Even if he is was not good enough to start in a top 4 side, he can pass better than a lot of top 4 midfielders. That surely warrants a place on the bench in most sides at the very least. I personally do not think Shelvey is as slow or weak defensively as some make out. Shelvey’s acceleration isn’t explosive, but he is fast in full flight, and he certainly isn’t afraid to stick his foot in.


    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh dear oh dear, it looks like Ashley, Penfold, Llambias and a few players may be spending some time in a 6′ x 4′



    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Was Pardew the manager from 2011 to 2013? He will be in deep doo-doo methinks.

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9


    The mystery surrounding the Jib/Jane is he or isn’t he saga has finally been solved. He is in fact a hermaphrodite which explains why the poor guy/ gal doesn’t know whether he’s coming or going most of the time.

  • Thump

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Does anybody else remember when the amounts paid to agents were published? I remember Pardew was complaining about how ‘free signings weren’t free’ (Demba Ba?) and that agents were taking a good chunk out of the game and pocketing it. I also remember thinking that the amount we paid in agent fees were a bit exorbitant given the payers we signed.

    I guess now we know why.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #11


    great click bait ??????

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 6, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #12


  • catchy in norway

    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    she has already tried to buy both liverpool and spurs, and i put us in the same category as both of those clubs in terms of support, the thing i think goes better for us is the fact we are a one club city.

    if someone forward thinking like sir john hall gets the club, we could be a giant club. it’s been done once before, so why not again.

    while i think keegan was great, he was also not good, great motivator both players and fans, but didn’t know how to close it out.

    better support in the transfer market a long with good buys, and Rafa can deliver.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #14

    If Mike Ashley looked like Amanda, he probably wouldn’t own us, but be an internationally acclaimed drag queen.

  • Jib

    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #15

    I hope Jespers OK
    The poor kid has been absent all day

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16

    My guess with Murphy is, based on the recent Atsu news, he was bought in as the bad knee replacement. Originally we were under the impression he could be got for 8million, he’s young, english, quick and when Rafa saw him against us, he looked good. I suspect in past seasons, when Norwich wanted more, we would have just said no thanks, but Charnley was already on the Rafa naughty step for penny pinching and dithering, and so we were pushed up to 12million if all the add ons are activated. I do wonder if his lack of game time has some add on based incentive. To discover that he runs hot and cold, is lacking in the decision making/end product department, you would only have to read the Norwich blogs; surely this must be part of the scouting process now.
    Obviously Rafa doesn’t trust him and would rather play a less than 100 percent Atsu. Same obviously applies to Aarons, who I read was available in the summer for the right money.

  • Bambams

    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Just got in and see Lascelles has signed his contract to 2023…..

    Sorry if this has already been posted

    Well happy AND he must only have signed knowing there is a takeover !!!!!

    Wait for it ……

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 6, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #18

    I think your countdown needs to start higher at this time of the day.

  • Jib

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #19

    The republic and Serbia both play at the same time

    Have to channel hop to check out
    Mitro Elliot and Clark

  • Bambams

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #20


    Maybe you are right mate !

    Finished work bit earlier and surprised how quiet it has been on here today.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Always quiet this time of day, combine that with the international break and even the tumbleweed doesn’t show up.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #22

    Hopefully he knows something we don’t, but then again, if someone offered me 40K a week for the next six years I wouldn’t really care what was going to happen next week 😮

  • AncientC

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Great news on Lascelles contract. There have probably been clubs registering interest in the guy, so it is good the club has been proactive and got him tied down for the foreseeable future. If anybody wants him, they are going to have to make a ridiculous offer to get him now.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #24

    I think Murphy was bought as a compromise, Rafa wanted Townsend but the club want U25’s with sell on value, I believe that’s why Murphy was brought in.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #25

    I think along similar lines. He came to us on forest junior wages, I don’t imagine he was on a very good wage (by premier league football standards) before. Club, fans, blah, blah, blah; I just wish sometimes they’d be more honest, instead of flapping their PR lips. It would be so refreshing to hear one say, “So why did I sign the new contract? Well, they offered me shit loads of money to play football. What’s not to like?”

  • Jib

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #26

    Chancel be a fine thing

    I just wish sometimes they’d be more honest and say
    Well, they offered me shit loads of money to play football

    You would just whinge about lack of respect for the fans.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #27

    It would be great if he’d signed knowing a sale to an ambitious owner was imminent and that the future was very rosy indeed, but on 40K a week for the next six years he’s set anyway. He probably believes he’s good enough for Chelsea but why take a chance on a move elsewhere when someone offers you that kind of long term dough, he’ll get a multi million pound move eventually if he’s good enough.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #28

    I prefer him to Collocini one hundred percent, for me he summed up the whole Ashley era, a club of management and players with absolute no interest in the welfare of the club or the shirt, hopefully this lad becomes one of our legendary captains.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Exactly. Suits everyone. And 40k pw for a premier league player in 3 years time will probably be considered low.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 6, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #30

    Very different from Collocini in style and playing in a different team. Collocini played more like a sweeper in a team which wasn’t as defensively well organised. He would often try to snuff out attacks by anticipating and chasing the ball down. If it worked great, but if not, it left Willo trying to defend against numbers coming at him at pace, with no help. Not his forte. Willo was slow, with a bigger turning circle than the QE2, but was otherwise a pretty good defender. I bet he would have looked good in a Rafa team. Likewise, I think if Lascelles was playing for Liverpool, he would be being slated by their fans as useless. Villa fans thought Clark was useless.

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 6, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #31

    “Wales carrying more threat when they attack, that’s for sure.” (BBC)

    Very profound!

  • martoon

    Oct 6, 2017 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail are you guessing at 40k per week or has it been publicised somewhere? As it seems quite low in footballing terms for the club captain!

  • Jib

    Oct 6, 2017 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Fer gawds sake SSSSHHHHHHHH!!!!
    That’s what we are telling HMRC we’re paying him

  • lochinvar

    Oct 6, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #34

    Lascalles signing a new contract is a very shrewd move.
    He benefits.
    The team has stability and sees what’s possible.
    Rafa shows confidence in his leaders.
    Keeps the leary opposition from sniffing around in January (or grossly inflates his transfer price)
    Ashley’s boosts the clubs value.
    Amanda thinks “ they know what they’re doing this Newcastle, must get me a part of this action”
    Cue: smiling picture of Amanda with Toon flags all around

  • Jib

    Oct 6, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #35
  • Jib

    Oct 6, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Good goal Tom Lawrence

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 6, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #37

    Clark starting tonight.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 6, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #38

    I’m guessing, could be 50 or even 60, I think 40 guaranteed for six years would make most 23 year olds sign up.

  • oldarse

    Oct 6, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #39

    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to pair Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, with Eric Dier, 23, if he succeeds in bringing the midfielder to the north London club in January. WHAT IF THEY HAVE A GIRL

  • AncientC

    Oct 6, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Woodman on the bench for the U21s. Gunn who plays ahead of him will need to be very good to keep things that way.


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