Rafa Talks Openly About What’s Needed In January To Save Newcastle

We are still suffering from shock that when next Saturday arrives, it will be a full 9 weeks since we last won a game when we beat Crystal Palace at home with a late goal from Mikel Merino.

It was telling that Mikel was out injured for several games after that as was captain Jamaal Lascelles and now they are both back.

Hopefully, we can start winning games again.

But any more defeats before the New Year will be hard to take – but of course, we do have Manchester City a week tomorrow.

It’s the only Premier League game on that day with the rest of the fixtures being on Boxing Day – so that would be a good time to shock the world and get a home win!

It’s possible if extremely unlikely – but you never know – and it’s something like that we need to get us back to playing well and with confidence.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

Rafa was recently asked about the January transfer window and how much money he would have:

“I have an idea. I expressed my idea – Lee knows what I think.” “We have to do the best for the team now.”

 “We have some names. We have quite a lot of names.”  “But that’s normal because sometimes the clubs don’t want to sell or they don’t want to come.”

“But, now, we have to start to see what we can afford because we need this, we need that. We need some experience or something different. We knew that.”

“It depends on the players we want to sign,” “When we were in the Championship, I was talking to one or two and they said ‘oh no, we want to play in the Premier League’.”

“But now I think we have enough potential to do well.”  “We can stay in the Premier League if we bring in a couple of players.”

““They can see that because a couple of players can change everything.”

“We have to try to bring the best players possible for us now,” That means if you have a player on loan who’s quite good now, then we have to do it.”

“There aren’t too many options with Premier League experience, with the maximum level and the right personality, so it’s not easy, but you have to do your research everywhere.”

“When I was at Liverpool, people were saying ‘Oh Rafa, he’s signing these young players, they are not good enough’.”

“We were signing players for £200K, some of them, and some of the top sides were playing £5M for players of the same age.”

“So you have to take risks, because you can’t compete against them. Sometimes you have to do it.”

“(For players possibly leaving the club) it depends on the market. At the moment, if you don’t have any players coming you can’t sell anyone.”

“What I don’t have at the moment is any offers of £15M or £20M for any of our players.”

It seems already that Rafa is looking for Premier League experience and maybe some loan players to bring in next month.

Players like Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw are two players we have been heavily linked with.

Sturridge is injury prone, but both players are experienced and have some class too – which is what we need in the side.

Maybe these are the types of players Rafa is talking about and we could get them in on loan next month.

We have to hope that Rafa’s influence and persuasive powers will allow Newcastle to bring in the players we need to survive this season.

Another relegation would be very hard to take so soon after everything looked so positive last May.

But then Mike Ashley struck again during the summer and refused to spend Newcastle’s money to strengthen the side.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #1

    A bit iffy how Ed’s gone so anti Ashley yet stayed very quiet and neutral a few seasons ago when momentum was starting to swing against him.

  • lesh

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #2


    Ed’s been a supporter since the year dot and he’ll be as frustrated as anyone over Ashley treatment of Newcastle United and its fans. Maybe Ashley’s ongoing greed and selfishness’s been the straw that’s broken the camel’s back. It’d sicken anyone.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3


    That’s interesting. So the buyer might not announce anything until approval by the FA has been granted.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Like us all, why did he not get behind the protests.

  • c-dog

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #5

    “What I don’t have at the moment is any offers of £15M or £20M for any of our players”.

    Doubt many will come in to the value of £1.5M or £2.0M.

  • Tinman

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #6

    Jail, if he starts getting behind protests then he isolates himself from half of his readers.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Jail I don’t think he really warmed to the idea of a mob / crew / band / gaggle / crowd / gathering / swarm / convention / flock / rabble / herd /….

  • hibbit

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8

    is the thinking now that the new has been put forward to the FA for approval and this is now the holdup ???

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9

    … gang / company / pogrom / …

  • hibbit

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    *owner / buyer*

  • Tsunki

    Dec 19, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Yep what Tinman says… He’s ok bobbing up and down with popular opinion but he doesn’t want to alienate the seething masses of impressionable loonies oh er i mean er…

  • jazzyp

    Dec 19, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #12

    If only some could see the difference between what Rafa wanted and actually got this summer,We would get along swimmingly

  • Moonraker15

    Dec 19, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m as frustrated as others with Ashley’s reign, but before social media it was difficult to openly criticise owners, hence previous NUFC regimes went on for years lining their pockets by selling our best players every season. Hall and Shepherd were perceived as saviours but they lined their pockets with huge dividends and sold up for a huge profit to Ashley. Before that, McKeag, Lord Westwood and all must have taken millions out of the club. To sum up we’ve all been shafted for decades without a proper protest and, our support has rarely wavered over the years! I pray we now get owners with the money to invest in the club and actually there isn’t much chance of Ashley hanging on as he can see his money going down the drain. For that reason I’m sure it’s going to happen sooner rather than later!

  • widowmagandapoke

    Dec 20, 2017 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #14

    You could just be right.
    The best way to save the club though is or Mister Ashley to sell asap.


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