Benitez Explains Just How Newcastle Need To Play – Because We Don’t Have Big Stars

Rafa Benitez has talked at length in the local papers about one particular player, Ayoze Perez, who did not play well against Crystal Palace last time out in the close 1-0 win.

So some of us are wondering who else can play in that number 10 position – and maybe Mikel Merino or even Matt Ritchie could do the job?

But the manager has talked about his countryman Ayoze and how he is doing a great job for the team and that he is a clever player.

Rafa then talks about David Silva of Manchester City and how he came through the Youth System when Rafa was the manager there.

Rafa gave Silva his Valencia debut when he was only 17 years old, and he has become a world-class player for Manchester City and for Spain.

Ayoze Perez – in action against Tottenham

David signed on for Manchester City from Valencia back in 2010 and he has played 319 games for them with 52 goals and 109 assists.

That’s some record!

This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle (it’s a very long interview):

“I can read the comments about Ayoze Perez and people say this or that.” “He is doing well and he is a clever player, he has good movement.”

“He didn’t play well the other day against Crystal Palace – He knows. We know.”

“He had two or three situations where he could do better, and he was wrong, still though he is doing a great job.”

“The understanding between him and Joselu, and the midfielders and the rest of the team, is quite good.”

“When I talk about a clever player, it doesn’t mean he has to control and put the ball in the top corner.”

“No, he has good movement. He knows when he has to go, press and regain, or when he has to attack and do runs behind the defenders. He stays between the lines.”

“He’s giving us something that maybe we needed.”

“Some people talk about Mohamed Diame. He’s a great worker, and, physically, is bigger and stronger so he can give us something different.”

“I’ve heard that ‘we need a proper No 10’.”

“We knew from the beginning that we needed to improve some positions, but not because the players we have there are not good, it is because we wanted to bring better players to be sure we had the competition.”

“This position, the No 10, is a player, normally, that – I will give you an example.”

“Silva, a player that understands the game and is always on the ball, he can see the pass and the assist.”

“They don’t see Ayo as this kind of player but he’s not this kind of player, but he is clever enough to do a job and he’s doing a great job.”

“Sometimes playing better or worse, but doing a great job, not just when we are defending, but sometimes when we have the ball.”

“He has some good movement and is creating space for the others, doing the runs that will give the others more time on the ball.”

“In football, the good thing is that you have a team. Depending on one, maybe the others are doing well.”

“Silva made his debut in Valencia when he was 17 with us. Since then, I know him. He’s a player that you know is very clever.”

“Do you need a Silva? Yes, but, because you cannot get this player, what you need is a team around your players so you can get the points.”

“That’s it. We have a team because the players realize that we have to work as a team, as a unit.”

It’s interesting to think what David Silva could do for us if he played at Newcastle.

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41 comments so far

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Rafa defo reads this blog
    Hola Rafa – besos

  • sing in the corner

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Well chuffed that we could see those bleeding clackers disposed of after fans pelted them at players in the brummie Derby!
    Toontaff, if you are about,… I know you like em too!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #3

    Well Rafa rates Perez and that’s what counts.
    I think even with new owners that Silva would be out of our league and he most definitely will want to add a CL medal to complete his set, I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere.

  • martoon

    Oct 30, 2017 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #4

    I said the other day that I rate Perez but that he had a very poor game against Palace – obviously Rafa reads my comments 😀

  • martoon

    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #5

    I’ve broke the blog again! Earlier somebody said the Chronicle were making up stories about the takeover. I think that is a little unfair – I imagine the reporters have a lot of contacts at the club and hear whispers. So probably ‘reading between the lines’ on the little bits of information they do hear is probably a better way of putting it. However it is strange we hear a lot about Stavely and nothing about any of the others – smoke screen perhaps?

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6


    Journalists, propaganda merchants. dont ever believe a word they say. it will happen when it happens

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I live in hope of more than goal winning the match tonight and an in your eye performance from Perez, but I doubt it also.

  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #9

    You will see the best of Perez when played with Mitrovic they seem to have a natural chemistry!

    Mitrovic stays central and can hold it up well which I think helps Perez game Joselu tends to drift wide and then Perez is furthest forward and then just gets bullied off the ball!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Some people seem to be a bit over confident about beating Burnley. As well as we’ve done, we’ve fallen at Brighton and Huddersfield and Burnley now have more top flight nous than those 2.

    Re- the chronic and a takeover. Yes they may hear whispers but they just keep regugitating what everyone has speculated on for weeks with no factual basis or credence whatsoever.


    No me sorprendería si Rafa lee redes sociales y sitios web como este.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 30, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    regurgitating even

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Well I hope Mitro starts tonight, not because he deserves it, needs his confidence boosting or needs a run in the team but because he is better than Joselu. If he decides to get himself sent off, fights over a penalty or decides to deliberately not turn up then I’m sure Rafa will know how to deal with him.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13


    I think I said we will struggle yesterday but it feels a little sacrilegious to predict a loss and abandon hope.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14


    With which eye?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #15

    I think Burnley will be our toughest game so far they will try to mark Richie , Perez and Shelvey out of the game so its up to Atsu and Mitro or Joselu to step up big time as there will be spaces in other areas of the pitch as they will man mark and double up for most of the game!

    Might end up being a boring game like the Palace one but would take a 1 nil victory right now!!

  • expatmag

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #16

    Daily Record reporting Pardew being interviewed for the Rangers job………maybe Ashley is going to be their new owner?

  • hibbit

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #17


    that would be a turn up if happened. but just the sort of trick Ashley could pull !!!
    hope to god he takes Charnley with him

  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #18


    Which eye? Her good one of course !

  • lesh

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Expat, Hibbit

    Pardew and Ashley’d be Celtic’s dream come true.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    I’d rather see Pardew at Sunderland

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #21

    We are very lucky to have Jib on the blog with his knowledge of Spanish and many other languages. We should be grateful to him for his invaluable help in translating important articles.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2017 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Pardew being interviewed, can’t be true, if it was anything to do with Ashley there wouldn’t be an interview, he’d be straight in with an eight year deal.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #23

    That’s the second time Rafa’s hinted he reads the fans views, maybe he’s one of the frequent posters on here haha. He’ll be the one winning Rafa’s bingo every week.

  • c-dog

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #24

    I’m going for us to nick it on a set piece tonight 1-0. Burnley to dominate possession a little more than us but not being able to break our ever so disciplined shape down.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #25

    With nearly a quarter of games gone a look at the table reveals we’ve got a decent defence but cannot score enough goal. Quite similar to Burnleys result so far.
    As others have said probable borefest/crap game coming up. Two similar teams.
    So I think Burnley with home advantage might win this 1 -0. hope not though.

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #26

    Rafa will be aware of Burnley’s style of play and will have worked out how to nick a win over there.

  • G

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Fairly certain I’ve just seen a Helicopter landing at SJP, wonder if MA is in town to sign off the sale?

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #28

    The next Mike W………. I think we should all be aware that Rafa and many of the players more than likely read the blog. What better way to see what the fans and Jesper actually do think.

  • expatmag

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #29


    A lot will depend on whether Wood and Vokes are fit to play.

    I read Wood is doubtful whilst Vokes is returning from a stomach muscle injury. Not easy to heal.

    I expect a goalless draw but hope for a nice 2-0 away win

  • martoon

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #30

    The next Mike Williamson @23 – I can’t imagine Rafa has the time to sit down and read fans forums/blogs – more likely he listens to radio football phone-ins etc. in his car when he is driving. If he is on this blog I wonder who he is – I can’t recall a poster name Rafa_Benitez 😀

  • expatmag

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #31


    I doubt it mate.

  • expatmag

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #32


    Being as thorough as he is in everything he does and no doubt spending a lot of time away from his family, probably staying in a hotel, it wouldnt surprise me if Rafa were to check fans blogs especially in the evening.

  • AncientC

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #33

    It’s good to see Shay Given supporting the club takeover and blowing the whistle of what has been going on under Ashley. Given clearly still wants the best for the club. It certainly beats the thoughtless nonsense you hear from the likes of Bellamy and Kieron Dyer, fussing and moaning about the unreal ‘expectations’ of Newcastle fans.

    I thought Shearer would have stayed silent on the potential takeover until it happened, but there is no doubting where Shearer’s loyalties lay. Why Shearer gets such a hard time for his punditry, I have no idea.

  • G

    Oct 30, 2017 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #34

    expat, you’re probably correct. It was probably the Air Ambulance going to the RVI, but from where I am sat it looked like it was going to land at SJP.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 30, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #35

    Hope he never read this.
    Hail Wor Ashley
    Apr 9, 2016 at 10:35 AM
    Comment #23
    Magpie Season

    What comes out of Rafa’s gob is just a continuation of Schteve’s schtick. It’s annoying and this emphasis on composure and we still have time is mentally the completely wrong attitude.

  • Jib

    Oct 30, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #36

    If he hadn’t read it
    He has now you prat

  • martoon

    Oct 30, 2017 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #37

    expatmag @32 – You could be right – in that case shall we speculate which poster name he uses? Probably not Munster 😀

  • expatmag

    Oct 30, 2017 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #38


    Definitely not JIB

  • jayphoto

    Oct 30, 2017 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #39

    Honestly think surely Pardew is slightly above the Rangers job? 3rd team in Scotland right now but its a horrid job as they don’t have the team to compete with celtic and the managers are being judged as if hes got their team from the 1990’s at his disposal.
    Can see Pardew rocking up at a Leeds/sheff wed type club..Hes not the worlds greatest but hes held in esteem by most players who have played for him and if he did take the rangers job, for where they are now that’s a coup for them.

  • jayphoto

    Oct 30, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #40

    Be happy if Wood doesn’t play! Gave Lascelles problems last year. Going to be an interesting game because neither side likes too much of the ball. With the players on show it’s going to be more like a premier league game from 20 years ago, 22 players working hard with set pieces key! Ive got a sneaky feeling Lascelles might get on the score sheet again tonight. Dyche done a good job with Burnley, but credit to their board, they stuck with him when they got relegated, not many do that


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