Rafa Benitez’ Powers Of Persuasion In Action – They Will Be Needed This Summer

Rafa Benitez is well known for his powers of persuasion and usually once he talks to a player they usually want to join the world-class coach.

That happened last summer when Rafa made a point of visiting and talking to Tammy Abraham at the St. Georges Park training center, and as far as Rafa was concerned he was coming to Newcastle on loan, but somebody screwed that up.

And there’s news today that it needed a call from Rafa Benitez to Islam Slimani to persuade the 29-year-old experienced Algerian International to come to Newcastle after West Ham manager David Moyes thought he was going to join the Hammers.

Islam Slimani – persuaded By Rafa to join Newcastle 

Monaco and West Bromwich Albion were also trying to sign Slimani on loan, and Algerian outlet Le Buteur is reporting that Roma made an attempt to sign Slimani as a replacement for Edin Dzeko – if he had signed on at Chelsea.

Dzeko didn’t join Chelsea, and that’s the reason Slimani is now at Newcastle – phew!

The report claims that Slimani wanted to join Newcastle after he talked with Rafa – and hopefully, if Islam plays well for us in the last 12 vital games of the season we can sign him permanently – we need new strikers this summer.

But that’s also exactly what we said last summer.

Slimani is expected to be in the squad to play Manchester United on Sunday afternoon – and he could even start with his thigh injury now seemingly healed fully.

Rafa’s powers of persuasion will be needed in the summer if we are to get some top class players into the club.

But if Mike Ashley is still in charge we will have to lower our expectations – again.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 6, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #1


    I think the jury might be out on Rafa’s persuasion techniques, not too convinced at this moment in time.

    Also still a bit puzzled as to the vast knowledge of players he’s supposed to have, it can’t all be down to our parsimonious owner.


    very unwilling to spend money or use resources.
    “even the parsimonious Jail paid for drinks all round”
    synonyms: mean, miserly, niggardly, close-fisted, penny-pinching, cheese-paring, ungenerous, penurious, illiberal, close, grasping, Scrooge-like, stinting, sparing, frugal; More

    Only joking jail 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 6, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    EGB, I think you’re right. It seems to me there was a willingness from the club to back Rafa in January with at least the signing of Jorgensson, but the bidding quickly got out of control, the price grew beyond the budget Rafa had set to acquire him and he agreed they should walk away. Rafa knows that he has a limited budget at this club and whatever he spent in January would be deducted from his pot in the Summer. I think when the money being talked about gets silly, he would rather walk away and, IMO, they were right to do so with Jorgensson. If they go back for him in the Summer they will hopefully get a more realistic deal.

  • Jib

    Feb 6, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Little Willy from Essex

    This from 2009 when he was at Liverpool

    Benitez does not leave any room for improvisation and he himself supervises everything. It’s true he has a database with information on more than 10,000 players. It was when we started to sign up all the scouts.

    There’s no reason to think he’s changed

  • outside the box

    Feb 6, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    £2m for slim £1 mil for goal keeper not sure about kenedy …but never heard how much nufc charged for the loan fee of six players ?
    rafa is best manager toon have had for a long time in all aspects ..motivation tactics and contacts…leave him alone to get on with job

  • toon kk

    Feb 6, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #5

    One thing I will say for Rafa while we all know our squad lacks quality for the premier league he has them wanting to play for Newcastle.
    At CP once our 30 minutes of usual looking a decent team passed we still dug in and kept them out.
    Just think our players suffer from nerves at home.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 6, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #6

    I wish people would follow the news instead of making up what they think sounds good. Rafa said in an interview that he knows when a player is too much but it was not the case this time. Feyenoord said from the off they wanted 20M and Rafa wanted to pay it.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Feb 6, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Every time we put the ball up to Gayle or Perez last week we lost it and it kept coming back at us whereas hopefully Slimani can hold it up and pass it to a team mate !

    Even just this basic skill would make a big difference to our team because we are actually fine from defence through to midfield it then comes straight back the second it goes to our forward players

    Noticed a difference with Kennedy who is comfortable holding the ball and finding a team mate

  • toon kk

    Feb 6, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #9

    While I knew Gayle would never have the same success in the premier league, I am disappointed with the lack of goals and quality. He’s never been quite the same since picking up his injury last season.
    Confidence seems an issue.

  • Sav

    Feb 7, 2018 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #10

    What a disgrace having at last acquired a manager of Rafa’s quality scrambling about wasting his talents trying to get us to 40 points. Does anyone seriously expect him to stick around for more of the same from this ignorant owner who just wants his pockets lined? Not a chance. Such a pity, after the various joke managers we’ve suffered under, as Rafa really seems to ‘get it’ here like no-one since SBR and King Kev. You can’t buy that.

  • Sav

    Feb 7, 2018 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Who has the powers of persuasion to convince Rafa to stay? There’s only one person could but unfortunately he is a certified liar and Rafa is nobody’s fool.


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