Rafa Benitez Talks Transfers – Bringing Players In After City Defeat

After the 3-1 defeat at the Etihad stadium yesterday Rafa was still fairly upbeat with his team’s performance.

There’s one big thing difference with this team than the one led by Steve McClaren two years ago and that is our lads work their socks off for the team and simply never give up in any game.

Maybe that’s why we have been in most games this season and the worst defeat we have had is a 4-1 loss at Old Trafford – the fact our lads never give up and defend in the vast majority of games – helps our goal difference a lot.

Rafa has said he has been given the green light by Mike Ashley to buy players and the Mirror reported today he can spend whatever he needs to – to ensure we remain a Premier League club come May.

Rafa Benitez – exercising on the touchline yesterday

The Mirror said Ashley is using his own money to get the players in.

If that’s true then the money he gives Rafa will probably be added to the interest-free loan he has outstanding with Newcastle.

But that’s very good news – if it’s true.

Mr. Benitez was asked for an update after the City defeat, and he talked first about the transfer situation and then about the City game – as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“In our last conversation with Mike Ashley, he said we had the green light to sign players, so I would like to see someone come before January 31.”

“We need options. It’s obvious because the team is working hard, but we still need some quality to help the team.”

“We have a list of players – he has that list of players – and we have to try our best to be sure we can bring in what we need.”

“This morning, I had a message. But I didn’t have an update. Hopefully, we can be closer to someone.”

“I’m obviously not happy, because we have lost, but I was expecting something like that – the players working very hard against a very good team,”

“I thought the team work and the spirit was positive. We obviously want to win, and the timing of the things that were happening was not great.”

“The first chance that we had, the penalty that was very soft, the chances that we had after our goal.”

“It was a pity, because it could have been a little bit better.”

“But we have to say that they are a very good team.”

If we can play as robustly as we did yesterday against the bottom ten sides in the league then we should be winning most of those games – especially if we can get a couple of good strikers in.

We need four good players brought in over the next 10 days.

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18 comments so far

  • Reilly

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    marco silva sacked.wow

  • Mindshaft

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Thought dummett had a decent game defensively , sadly if we defend do deep there is actually nobody to pass the ball too up field do it invariably comes straight back at us.
    Thought joselu, manquillo and shelvey were poor

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Omg where do Watford want to be in the top 4 lol prob had some disagreement about transfer money

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Everyone new this match was a free hit we only got beat 4-1 over two matches against city how many teams will be able to say that at the end of the season

  • Jib

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    Silva’s sacking will probably mean we get Islami Slimani

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Watford have trigger-happy owners! Silva should have gone to Everton when he had the chance!

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #7

    As long as we aren’t getting Deeney!

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8


    Pardew had Krul , cabaye, tiote, HBA, cisse and Ba etc playinng in their prme and at the height of their abilities. At least 6 solid PL standard players. Aside from lascelles on a good day and maybe Merino one day, who exactly have we got who falls into PL standard category right now?

    Pardew was / is a creep and a yes man and Rafa has repeatedly called Ashley out. Maybe that’s a clue. I don’t ever recall pardew’s name been chanted, but most matches I have ”Rafael, Rafael. . . . .” ringing in my ears.

    I think people who genuinely know football and can separate and overlook their personal feelings, bias and agenda could tell the difference between a Pardew charlatan and Rafa the real deal. Judge Rafa when he has some money. In the meantime thank god we haven’t got McLlaren.

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #9


    Think the Everton fans would disagree with you there as far sam is doing a fantastic job with all the quality players he has at his disposal lol

  • giimps

    Jan 21, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #10

    If we don’t bring enough quality into the squad, goal difference will be a factor in us staying up and will be worth a point come may, we have winnable games coming up so we need to make the most of them.
    Cashley has said he needs proof of funds from a company that has 28bn of clients on the books, like I said in an earlier blog, this is all posturing on Cashleys part, the deadline has gone for the end of December and now he is trying to force the sale through using his media pals….”Get out of our club, you fat cockney Bast****,get out of our club”

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    I’m not sure Sam is that popular with the fans and recent results are poor. He’s a crisis manager based on a solid defence; they struggled against West Brom yesterday and they’ve spent £200 million or so! The upturn in their results happened before he took over the team but they’ve now hit the wall. I think they’re crying out for a modern progressive manager!

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d love Slimani.

  • Singinginthecorner

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13


    I know he’s not that’s why I put lol on end plus my brother in law is a Everton fan and cannot stand the man

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Based on the hoarding of players by the top six, Rafa will go shopping and find only overpriced League 1 talent or those well past their sell date. Internal administration delays by Ashleys staff will mean there is not enough time to get a deal done.

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #15

    Sorry mate I missed your point; I too have a mate who supports them and they’re a bit like us in that they have high expectations for their club and he’s not part of it as we sussed him out as well!

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 21, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #16

    It’s gonna be tight getting in decent players in 10 days cos Rafa’s gonna have to ship one or two out as well. I think previous problems were caused by Ashley’s refusal to pay agents and players’ wages, but he has to bite the bullet now so hopefully we’ll get them in. At least it’s gonna be interesting!

  • Geordie-john

    Jan 21, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Haway Rafa get the money spent before Fatman Cashley changes his mind and spends it on something else. He knows that crunch time is approaching for safety and Rafa getting pi###d off with him


    Jan 21, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #18

    I think NUFC are digging out the old statements about not getting over the line for end of month


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