Rafa Delivers Some Unsettling News On The Transfer Window

It could have been so different yesterday if Newcastle had a striker who could take good chances to score.

We could have scored some goals in that first half that would have set us up for an excellent win against bottom of the league Swansea City, but it wasn’t to be.

Gayle, Perez, and Dummett were all guilty of missing good opportunities yesterday and if we cannot get a striker o strikers through the door this month – it will be touch and go as far as relegation goes.

Remember this is the fourth season of the last five in the Premier League that we have been fighting relegation.

Only in the 2013-2014 season when we finished in 10th place were we not fighting relegation.

But even in that season, we lost 7 of the last 8 games – just in case Newcastle got carried away.

Joselu – scores yesterday – 4 goals for the season

That record is a disgrace for a club with the facilities and support of Newcastle United.

And we will witness more games like this if we cannot strengthen the squad this month.

Games we had even last season in the Championship when Newcastle created some chances but couldn’t score.

And then we struggle – and yesterday we could even have lost the game at the death.

DeAndre Yedlin cleared off the line in stoppage time from former target Wilfried Bony.

Rafa Benitez is the one who has to solve these problems, and he may have to use the players he’s already got this season.

This is what the manager had this to say after the game:

“The new world of football is very expensive.”

“It is hard for the forwards, because we don’t create a lot of chances, so they have to help us by working hard.”

“Could Joselu score more goals? Yes. But if he did he would probably cost £25M.”

“We are no closer to signing anyone, so we must look at the players who are here and who are playing.”

That seems like a hint that we will not be able to bring many players in during January.

And Jonjo Shelvey once again showed that in difficult circumstances he can be a problem rather than a solution.

Jonjo foolishly refused to shake hands with Rafa when he was replaced by Mikel Merino with eight minutes to go.

Rafa wasn’t concerned although it showed the character flaws in the player we bought from Swansea for £12M two years ago.

This is what Rafa said about that incident:

“I have no problem with him.”  “Anyone would be disappointed not to play when we are trying to win the game.”

We are not far away from having a team that can win more than we lose – but we need two strikers brought in this month.

That might not be possible, but failure to do that could cause Newcastle to be relegated for the third time in just nine years.

That wouldn’t be good and the sky would really fall in on Newcastle.

Our dreams would be over  – or more accurately – my dream would definitely be over.

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16 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Uncle Fester would be gone in another club under the tutelage of an UEFA elite manager

  • c-dog

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Blatantly obvious we won’t get real difference makers this window. Our home form needs to improve like right now. West Ham and Everton are outta the scrap. Moyes and BS ain’t gonna get relegated with the already existing quality of the squad and the clubs willingness to spend.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #3

    Just watching the interview with Joselu on .co.uk. What an unfortunate looking man.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    No one coming in, what a surprise, mind you I’ve been saying that all along.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #5

    C- sadly I think you’re right. Incomings under Ashley looks about as likely as winning the league right now.

  • kimbo

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #6

    We won’t get any new players but I can see us selling £30million of our players on the last day and being told we did not have enough time to get replacements. The big shock will be £30 million for our captain.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #7

    who really cares,

    Rafa wasted 30+!million in the summer.
    all his summer signings started on the bench or were injured.
    I class Atsu as a signing feom last season.

    he talks about Joselu, saying he didn’t cost that much, well Mitrovic cost 13 million and i nore all the other fans fell out with him, and while he is a nufc player, he should be used more. Rafa has no right to to say the things he does.

    Stirling has put his escalating form down to his coach, a world class coach, i keep being told that we have one too, when is he going to turn up? as all i see is a fat spanish pardew.

    Jail what the hell has a mans looks got to do with anything.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:31 AM

    Comment #8

    Rafa will walk if lascelles sold imho.

  • c-dog

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #9

    We won’t sell unless we can sign. Stop being silly

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #10

    In my opinion looking at the teams from 13th down…

    Huddersfield – in it with us.
    Newcastle – in it.
    Brighton – right in it with us.
    Southampton – have the players to get out of it.
    Bournemouth – unless they turn around poor form right in it.
    Stoke – depends on who they get in as manager but look right in it.
    West Brom – could edge themselves out of it.
    Swansea – down.

    With this in mind I think the bottom 3 be Swansea 20th, stoke 19th, then either Brighton or us. I think Huddersfield just ahead of us. Bournemouth fighting it out with them for that spot.

    I’m just hoping we get a striker to save us.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 14, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t see us selling lascelles either.
    I don’t see us getting much in though even if we sell mitro, colback, haidara, saivet, mbemba. Even if we sell that lot I’d be surprised if Ashley sanctions buying a top striker.

  • stu mel

    Jan 14, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #12

    Catchy your talking nonsense really. The squad don’t have a striker that’s what the problem is you can talk about rafa this r that but teams don’t have to worry when playing us they just don’t have to defend and just go into attack are defenders work there socks off. I have no problem with the squad but we are scared in front of goal n mitro is hardly a goal scorer he the same as jos but might get sent off n put us down a man I personally would give him a go but I can see why he dosnt. The squad is over preforming thats the truth. Are owner hates the club n just wants rid n won’t get the money he wants n just let us rot we have zero hope there no new owners we will be where Sunderland is in a year’s time. N it’s down to one person n he dosnt care n that person isn’t rafa sorry turned into a rant

  • jarra mick

    Jan 14, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Looking at rafas signings since he’s been here, is giving him more money the way forward? I think a new manager with £20 million to spend would keep us up no problem. I would go for Mark Hughes.

  • padthemag

    Jan 14, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Mark Hughes lol remind me why he’s not working and spent a fortune ?????

  • Ninjacent

    Jan 14, 2018 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #15

    To be fair to Hughes he did well at Stoke, he was also decent at City but he run his course, out the two Rafa for me. All managers require backing and sadly the last manager we had backed was Mclaren, who made decent signings but is a an awful manager IMO.
    Not expecting anything to occur in this window now, just hope we get taken over and we stretch the FFP rules to the limit like a PSG and be competitive again.


    Jan 14, 2018 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Raffa the fat man has lied to you just like he did to every other manager


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