Rafa Near A Tipping Point – When He Can Buy The Players He Really Wants


Rafa Benitez was not given the money he was promised by Mike Ashley in the summer which is one reason his trust of the owner is not what it was when we were promoted back to the Premier League in early May.

Rafa was not happy with what happened in the summer, and he said he was signing players he could sign rather than the players he wanted to sign.

The reason for that is he didn’t have the money, and he was forced to bring in cheaper players such as Javier Manquillo and Joselu rather than his first choice targets.

This season pundits such as Jamie Carragher have been asked what are Newcastle lacking this season – and they have said one word – “class.”

We have decent enough players, and Rafa has molded them into a team that is hard to beat and has been competitive in every game this season, although we have only won four of our 11 league games.

We’ll have to wait and see if we have new owners by January but Rafa is close to a tipping point about which transfer targets he brings in.

There was news yesterday we were after former midfield target Tom Cairney of Fulham, but he is untested in the Premier League, and some fans think we should now be going after better more proven players.

Tom is not worth £20M to Newcastle at the moment.

Rafa hopefully will be given enough money very soon so he can bring in the players he wants to have at Newcastle and not just the ones he can afford on the meager funds he is given by Mike Ashley.

That tipping point is close and maybe in January Rafa can start bringing in some of the class players we need to strengthen the squad and allow us to finish in the top half of the Premier League in May.

Then hopefully in the summer with new owners, Rafa will be given a windfall of transfer funds, and we can go all out for some top players – and challenge for a top six position next season.

That’s what Rafa wants to do – and the sooner, the better for the manager.

That would be good.

Comments welcome.



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58 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    Nov 9, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #1

    I want never gets as the goose used to say

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 9, 2017 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #2

    We have plenty to sell but nobody wants them – Ashley insists on wages being X percentage of income so unless we get some off the wage bill , not many will be incoming ( presuming Ashley still here in Jan of course)

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  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Of course this Merino injury could be a cover
    for the sale of him back to Spain
    Ashley would love a bidding war
    twixt RM and Barca.
    He’s never forgotten the Andy Carroll
    January windfalll

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  • Mag52

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Jib.

    That would of course mean that Rafa is part of the Ashley scheme.
    The new idea that Mr.Benitez is anything other than a saint in a suit would upset a good few supporters wouldn’t it.

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  • Mag52

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #5

    ‘new’ appeared for reasons unknown.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Mag52
    it would piss more than the Rafaites off though wouldn’t it

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #7

    There is no evidence that Merino is up for sale. Rafa would probably walk if that happened in January. Ashley is hopefully on his way out and won’t want to reduce the value of the club by selling it’s better players at this point.

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #8

    We have class in Merino and he’s here to build a strong team around alongside Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden , Yedlin and Lascalles. Add an International keeper, two new front men and a couple more then we will more than hold our own in the League. After that who knows what the future will bring.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa may not have achieved sainthood (yet) but he’s a far, far better manager than we have had for many a year. Or possibly people have already forgotten Carver, Steve McFuzzy, and If I’m Honest Pardew?

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  • G

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #10

    I don’t think Merino can be sold in Jan. Pretty certain he played for Dortmund reserves as well as us this season, based on the HBA ban, then that’s his two.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #11

    We definitely need four or five much better players, meaning at least 80M to spend between January and next summer but with a new owner(s) that should hopefully be possible with the riches that the Prem has to offer.

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  • Mindshaft

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Haha the doom and gloom on this blog – Rafa a cohort in Ashley’s scheme to sell Merino who’s basically had a handful of decent games in prem, fake injuries , killing Betty the tea lady next ( they might get have done , she was on a good pension )

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #13

    If that’s true then it’s even better G mate. We can’t progress if we continue to sell every half decent player that comes in. That’s just Ashley bollocks and hopefully we soon to see the last of that.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #14

    Hee hee good one mindshaft. Just more WUM like activity from certain bloggers.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #15

    Mag52 fell straight into the trap Jib set he knew somebody would bite !!!!!

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #16

    In what way is Rafa near a tipping point? Not explained properly. I don’t think he is near a tipping point. He’s trying to build something with us but he’ll need the support of a far better owner. Nothing can be built with Ashley. He’s a smash and grab fella. Make a bundle then trundle out the next box of rags.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 9, 2017 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #17

    We are beginning to see the weaknesses in the squad though. We don’t put anywhere near enough pressure on mediocre teams and that means having to play airtight defense and hang on for a 1-0 win (or loss). Money absolutely must be available for a good striker in January. Even if we still have Ashley it must come in. Surely even he can see that by now. A blind man could.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #18

    I just heard a rumour that Archbishop Kyrill made a homophobic joke about Boris Johnson…. You know what i think about that? Well, for starters…

    😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #19

    jib set up mag 52 superbly there.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #20

    That was a good un Jib. He took the bait!!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #21

    Smileypooemoji

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  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #22
  • Tsunki

    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #23

    I’ve changed my gravatar to celebrate two of the entertainment industry’s finest – Jib and Belfast. Not sure which one is which though. Both have haircuts that look like hats.

    3
  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #24

    Who is that guy behind Nicola Sturgeon ?

    3
  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #25

    Chris Kamara Jib I think 😆

    Unbelievable!

    3
  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Or Nigel Farage!

    3
  • beermonkey

    Nov 9, 2017 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #28

    I see it’s still a load of poop on here

    I see Armstrong has been written ofdown this week
    Does any one know how to one tooney and the others are getting on

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 9, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #29

    NUFC.com
    ‘Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic)
    Toney’s fourth goal of the season put the Latics level at 1-1 at home to Crawley Town in the FA Cup on Saturday. Wigan went on to win the tie 2-1, with Ivan subbed after 74 minutes.’

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  • dannitoon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Which tit had the bright idea merino is up for sale in jan…. yea… of course BDortmund are gonna sell him to us for £6m then watch us sell him for £20m+… FFS think about it.. bellendary at its best!!!!

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  • magic hat

    Nov 9, 2017 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #33

    I had an idea to make the blog easier to navigate, how about when ed posts a new page, a comment pops up with a link to it and the comments on the previous get locked off… just a idea, I think.. ps I don’t think Rafa is near tipping point, I think he’ll still build slowly and not splash the cash all over.. he might have more to play with but I think it’ll not make him open the flood gates, just maybe spend a bit bigger on each weakness he wants to address. It’s just not his style.

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  • Tinman

    Nov 9, 2017 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Mitro in China this break. Looks like Man U won’t be where we see him start

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 9, 2017 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #35

    Shirebrook
    Is that Jib with Nicola or some Scots bloke with Jib ?
    This post will self destruct in 7 seconds

    2
  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #36

    Taff
    Is that the new Labour Party political broadcast 😆

    1
  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 9, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Loch
    I’m still trying to figure out which ones Jib 😎

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  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #38
  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Shire
    I’m the one with
    huge schlong

    1
  • Jib

    Nov 9, 2017 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #40

    Norn Iron losing to the cheesemunchers

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