Newcastle Could Still Spring A Surpise At Chelsea On Sunday

There’s no doubt that Chelsea will be favorites to beat us at Stamford Bridge, like they did in the league on December 2nd when we lost 3-1.

Newcastle will not field their strongest side for this game, and five or six fringe players will get an opportunity to play on Sunday.

The positive thing about the Christmas games is that we saw that with fringe players in the team we did very well.

In fact, Mo Diame has played well recently and he’s probably the first choice as holding midfielder at the moment, and he has played his best football at Newcastle over the last six weeks or so.

So Rafa will play a decent side on Sunday.

Rafa Benitez – at Stamford Bridge in early December

Rafa thinks the Blues will field a strong team because they are now out of the League Cup after losing to Arsenal at the semi-final stage.

The FA Cup is now their best chance of winning something this season.

This is what Rafa has said about the game tomorrow:

“I think we have to find the balance. I always say we can progress in any competition, in this case in the FA Cup, if we have the squad strong enough to compete,”

“We will see if we can do it, but I will use the squad, for sure.”

“Every game is important, but obviously, we know how massive it is to stay in the Premier League, because of all the money around and then you can improve your team if you have more money.”

“It’s a win-win situation if you stay in the Premier League, so that is something we have to consider.”

“But at the same time, if we can use the squad, we will try to do our best.”

“We will use some players that were maybe not playing, and obviously some that were.”

“I need to find this balance between players with match fitness and players who are not playing too much.”

“I am sure they will consider this the most important competition for them right now.”

“The league is very difficult for them, they are out of the Carabao Cup, so I think it is a priority for them.”

“I think it will be a very strong side in front of us.”

“We were waiting for the outcome of the Third Round replay. Norwich could be very difficult anyway, but Chelsea, away, is really difficult.”

“But we will see.” We scored first in the first game in the Premier League, and if we can do the same on Sunday they will be under pressure.”

One in four fans think we can win this game tomorrow.

We definitely have a chance of causing an upset tomorrow, and that would give our players some confidence.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1


    i agree entirely. surely it suits all sides to have loans (PL and overseas) coming in. Yes big wages but it’s short term and you’re not hoying 20M away in one go. Iheanacho would be ideal on loan

    Swaps would work as well. We could probably have switched Mitro for Dembele and Gayle for Cairney.
    Don’t know why we aren’t being more creative given Ash’s desire not to spend anything.

    Still with ash and charnley behind him what could possibly go wrong for Rafa

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Premiership Manager
    for your plan to work you have to have buyers for the players you list we don’t

    a lot of the blame on here is piled at Charnley’s door, i don’t even see him in the inner circle at the club of Ashley Bishop and Barnes
    no doubt it’s Ashley setting the agenda !!

  • giimps

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Sorry Rafa, the line is too wide, nobody can cross into the club, luckily though we have managed to get a few out over the line and off that horrendous wage bill, it means there is space for additions now…….but Lee, it’s February now, the window has closed…… shucks Rafa, nobody told me it shut in February Mike says we can open the windows anytime , don’t tell me he’s misunderstood that too…….it’s ok though we have Kenedy, he’s versatile so can play anywhere and he’s on loan so we can flog him and work the ass off him while he’s here cos if he gets injured he goes back and we don’t have to pay his wages…

  • canny lad

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I am with Posada. Sturridge over the maybe not so great Dane all day every day. Sturridge and a creative midfielder and we have a puncher’s chance of staying up.

  • Cardiff NUFC

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #5

    I bloody love Rafa but he must be off his nut in that press conference if he is confident players are coming in; Ashley has always let every manager and every fan down in his 11 year tenure. I want to be wrong but i just feel like Rafa is being naive. It would serve him well to remember how many times Mike has done him dirty and not backed him.

  • posada

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6


    I was thinking about Iheanacho. I think Leicester would sell for 20M. Why is he not picked by them would be a concern. Loan ? Would be ideal. He can’t have turned into a bad player in six months. Even at 20M or a bit less he would be no more risk than the Danish lad.

    We don’t know what goes on behind the scenes as supporters. Having said that though I think of that programme Yes Minister. It would be no surprise if it was just like that.

    Why does Rafa put up with it. When he came in the craic was he was savvy, clued up, a football policitian. General view was he would have all sorts of assurances built into his contract.
    Perhaps he is just going to stick it until the summer and then go when the 6M buy out clause, if you believe the Guardian, lapses. Quite possibly he has simply given up on the daft knackers he has to work with.

    Just a general comment. We have all been conditioned to think you should not sell until you have a replacement in. You have to line up a lot of dominoes for that. If you never take a risk youll never free up the log jam of players we have.


    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #7

    Charnley is bloody useless…every transfer window its the same shit….so slow to get things done…and seems to be only able to deal with one transfer at a time….and it why does it take weeks to agree a fee…totally bloody useless.
    If we were to sign sturridge he could score goals but he has as more chance of being injured again…going off his last few seasons….strikers are becoming a problem for us…sturridge,ings,gabbiadini,aboubaker,jorgensen,slimani…..all have there good and bad points…but for me,anyone of them would be a bonus right now.. coz our strikers just aren’t up to it.

  • Cardiff NUFC

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8


    Iheanacho’s goal scoring record for Man City was strong. However, was he ever that good of a player? He tended to come on when city were already comfortable and bag a cheeky one at the end when the game was already won. Apart from Joselu and Riviere, there are very few strikers who couldn’t do that.

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    The club can’t sell either of Mitro or Gayle without having secured a replacement, because we lack the depth in that position, and can’t afford to be caught out. Mitro, for example, even though he’s hardly played, has still been an important part of the group in case of injuries and suspension to Joselu, Perez and Gayle. He is one of the only four first team players we have to fill two starting roles. Five if you include Diame, but I’m hoping Rafa has given up on that.


    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Having named those players…. I’ve recently read that sturridge to inter,so not much chance there…ings wants to stop at liverpool,so still a possibility i spose, gabbiadini out of form but Southampton have signed a new striker,so still a possibility,aboubaker is banging in the goals for porto so i think his price will be daft,so not much chance of that,slimani not exactly set the premier alight,rumours of being a bit of a prick with team mates and lnked to monaco,so not sure I’d want him tbh,that leaves jorgensen,plays regular,scored plenty with a lot of assists but unproven at premier level…so really its jorgensen, slimani or gabbiadini….forgot about iheanacho…but he had a big money move and hasn’t played for Leicester so even if he was to move it would be for big money and still no guarantee he can do it,when he hasn’t at Leicester…..flip a coin to be honest…. we could sign 3 of them and all could fail for one reason or another or sign one and be a goal machine and save our season….like i say.. flip a coin!! Lol

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #11


    Yes Minister could just be the right comparison !!!

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #12

    According to @FeyenoordReport we’ve agreed a deal with Jorgensen.

    Let’s see.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 27, 2018 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #13

    This is the translated write up from De Telegraaf

    The English Newcastle United expects to reach an agreement with Feyenoord on the transfer of Nicolai Jorgensen. This is what De Telegraaf reports.
    The newspaper writes: “Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is hopeful that he has Nicolai Jörgensen, the top scorer of last season at Feyenoord, for Wednesday in the north of England. The owner of his club has given the green light to go full for the best reinforcement. And that is the Danish striker, who, if it is up to Giovanni van Bronckhorst, is still in the basic position against ADO Den Haag tomorrow. ”

    The newspaper continues: “Newcastle United has already risen to over 17 million euros in the negotiations (£ 15 million). With this, the British are slowly moving towards the redemption sum of over € 20 million required by Feyenoord. The coach has already had a conversation with Jörgensen and therefore knows that the Dane is open to a departure to the Premier League. He does not even blame his rush. Jörgensen can become multimillionaire in Newcastle within a few seasons and also gets a new chance to prove himself in a top competition. “

  • Jib

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #14

    The next date that Newcastle United takeover watchers should ring in their diary is February 12.


    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #16

    So feyenoord are happy to sell,the manager has accepted he will probably leave,the player is apparently happy to come,and with the wages….how could it possibly go wrong….then in steps charnley and f**ks the transfer with is total ineptitude!Lol

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #17

    various news sources not saying the deal for Nicolai Jorgensen is done ?????

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #18

    *now *

  • BeeGuy

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #19

    The surprises NUFC can spring: not concede a penalty
    have more than two shots on goal
    give up fewer than 15 shots


    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #20

    Where u heard that?….i only really check out news now and there was nothing on before….whats your views on him if he were to sign mate?

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #21

    according to the Chronicle Ashley has stepped in taken control of all transfers ????

  • Jib

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Pete Graves has gone skiing before the window shuts !!!


    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Not sure if thats a good thing or bad,lard arse stepping in???

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #24

    The takeover was and is only ever likely to happen with our epl place secure. I think Ashley will get his chance to winkle 350 from Stavely once Rafa has kept us up.

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #25

    SPRINGY @20
    don’t have one mate never seen him play or at least can’t remember seeing him play,If he signs and now looking likely i’ll view him with an open mind till i see him play,
    * got to be honest not what i was hoping for*

  • Rob

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #26

    At this stage in the season and possible relegation looming i dont understand why we’re chucking £20mil at an unproven in the prem player, when that £20m could be used to buy both giroud and hernandez. Significantly upgrading joselu and gayle for less than £20m and recoup some of it selling those two. As i mentioned last night i would go after rafael da silva for about £4-5m as hes vastly prem experienced via man utd while he was thier 1st choice full back under fergie and moyes before va gaal moved him on, yes he lacked slightly defensively but rafa is a defensive coach. Plays on either side and in midfield so again a significant upgrade on what we have and creates more competition breathing down the necks of our fullbacks both left and right. And finally despite jib with his criticism about ben arfa i think a 6 month loan until seasons end and the end of his contract with psg would benefit us hugely, hes skilled, prem proven and frightens opposing defences. Yes hes a “bad apple” but rafa is a far superior man manager to those who have coached him before and no fans have shown him the love that us toon fans have. Ive no doubt he will behave… net outlay of £20-25m = perm signing hermandez, giroud and rafael da silva and for goalkeeper i would chuck salvitore sirigu in the mix (again about £4m and bags of experience) with loan signing of hatem ben arfa… ive no doubt we would survive relegation with that injection… thoughts?


    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #27

    That’s fair enough mate…at least ya giving him a chance if he signs…on paper his goals and assists look good but we know that means nowt.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #28

    @ Springy, i know right? What could possibly go wrong?

  • hibbit

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #29

    sorry mate but that’s never going to happen not with Ashley in charge .

  • Tsunki

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #30

    I doubt the player himself will be the one resisting the sale. For him it’s the chance of a lifetime I don’t see other premiership clubs toppling over each other as they scramble over his signature.


    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #31

    Not so sure giroud would come to us tbh,hernandez to me everytime I’ve seen him play goes on like a stroppy bairn and if west ham are willing to let him go when they are struggling in the premier,means they are not to happy with him…ben arfa tho talented, hasn’t played much and i doubt rafa could arsed to molly coddle a loanee, if he cant be arsed to give mitro..a player on the books time…just dont see it happening…. thats just my opinion mate…not trying to piss on ya chips or out! Lol

  • Rob

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #32


    Yeah i suppose there is that lol


    Aye i see what you mean about ben arfa, personally like i said last night i would have iker muniain but hes out with a cruciate and is way out of our price range. Giroud is a footballer, were a prem team that garantees 2 things, a wage and for the next 6 months at least, game time at one of the highest levels in pro football so i think he would come offered enough and hernandez would bang them in for us the chances we create.. west ham dont play to his strengths where as i feel we do.

  • Rob

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #33


  • cyprus

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #34

    Thought Rafa had expressly talked of lesser players, a fatal management error! But couldn’t find it in that interview. Good.

    You also imply that MA is directly involved with transfers, looking at Rafa’s lists, etc. Is he so hands on?

    I am surprised how much Rafa has distanced himself from transfers. He gave a list and that’s that. No efforts from his part?

    BTW I agree with that, each to his own experise, but I was given the impression he was the Grand boss, even higher than the CEO, in practical terms.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Rob is it that easy to get someone like Giroud is it lol.

    There are many questions such as:
    1) would arsenal sell even for 20m
    2) would he want to come to us
    3) what are his wages we would likely have to shatter the wage limit. Would that upset other squad members?

  • Moonraker15

    Jan 27, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Giroud doesn’t want to leave London and Hernandez is now so slow he can only score tap ins!
    Jorgansen is coming but will we get a number 10?
    Probably best to wait till summer for that!

  • Rob

    Jan 27, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #37

    With giroud i thought he was on the last 6 months of his contract.. just checked, he signed extension this month so yeah hes probably to expensive but yeah he would come if had no other choice. Footballers are the same as you or me, they go where the money is, or who offers longer term work, i.e longer period of pay coming in sp long term again money talks

  • beefman13

    Jan 27, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #38

    We could spring a surprise ED is correct, fortune favours the brave n bold, we are neither, but it is the Cup so who knows!?!? The bookies.

  • Nufc-83

    Jan 27, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #39

    Don’t get me wrong he would be immense but won’t happen. I would take Jorgensen and Hernandez but not Hernandez on his own.

  • Rob

    Jan 27, 2018 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #40

    No.10 in the summer ?? messi is on a bossman in june unless barca have sorted that out now ?

    Joke. I obviously know messi wont be coming to the toon im not deluded.


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