Rafa Continues To Transform Newcastle Into A Well Run Club

If Rafa Benitez has intentions of leaving Newcastle in the summer, you would never know it.

Rafa is going about the business of how to ensure Newcastle are a Premier League come May and in our six league games this year we have 9 points, and we have been unlucky in the draws with Burnley and Swansea and could have won those games.

But these things tend to level themselves out over time, and we did carry some luck last Sunday but still deserved to win the game against Manchester United – a massive and unexpected 3 points.

One area of the club Rafa has changed dramatically are the injuries and we haven’t had many over the last two seasons – that was too easy for Rafa to accomplish.

But why hadn’t other people identified the reasons for all the injuries – which seemed to be the 3G artificial pitches?

There’s a report in the Chronicle today that Rafa has wanted the club to reward players who have done well for Newcastle with new and improved long-term contracts.

Jamaal Lascelles was the first one to get a new contract that keeps him at Newcastle until June of 2023.

Rafa Benitez – transforming Newcastle into becoming a well-run club

And only last week local lad Paul Dummett received a new extended contract that will keep him at the club for the next four and a half years.

And although Karl Darlow has been replaced in goal by new loan signing Martin Dubravka, Rafa wants to give the former Nottingham Forest a new contract to stay on Tyneside.

The Chronicle are reporting that Lascelles and Dummett were identified as two players who needed to receive new long-term deals back in the summer yet it has taken this long to get them to sign new contracts.

These are areas of the club that must improve, and they must do these deals much more quickly.

Lee Charnley must also do the transfer deals with more ambition, decisiveness and more quickly if we are to sign the player before other clubs step in.

It was a soap opera last summer to get Florian Lejeune signed when he knew he would be moving to Newcastle in late April, yet he wasn’t signed until early July.

And we seemed to have loan signing Tammy Abraham from Chelsea signed early in the summer but then for some reason, we lost him to Swansea.

Rafa has rightly identified transfers as an area Newcastle must improve on if we are to become a successful club in the Premier League.

It’s going to be very interesting how we do things in this summer’s transfer window.

We fear that Mike Ashley will again try to restrict the club’s money given to Rafa in the next transfer window so he can keep the financial records at Newcastle looking (very) good so he can sell Newcastle for a high price.

It also remains to be seen if Rafa will sign an extended contract if Mike Ashley is still the owner.

If he does, we could even see Ashley remain in charge of Newcastle – and that would be terrible news for Newcastle fans.

But we do hope that Newcastle can sign Rafa to a long-term deal – then we only have Ashley to worry about, and how to get him out of the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 17, 2018 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d like to see Darlow here long term as long as he’s happy to take 15K a week for the next twelve years as second fiddle to Dubravka then Woodman before taking a lucrative coaching role somewhere. Can you imagine that.

  • JohnJ

    Feb 17, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Well I think 99% of NUFC fans want Rafa to stay long term and Mr Ashley to sell up ASAP!

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Feb 17, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Darlow is a good goalkeeper who needs to work on a few things to become great. I would happily see him here long term to fight it out with someone like Dubravka. Keep them both on their toes and pushing one another.

    Elliot has been a really good servant but you get the feeling his time with us is coming to an end. Considering we plucked him from league one, he’s never looked out of place.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 17, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Canny result, as far as NUFC is concerned in the game concerning Welshies boyos. A draw, midweek replay coming up. Fixture congestion for our rivals at this stage of the season.. There’s lovely, see?

  • tommotoon

    Feb 17, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    If only Ashley had the same ambition to make Newcastle a force again as Rafa does it would be up up and away but we all know Ashley is only in it for his own financial gain. We will never have the success we all crave while Ashley remains owner.

  • TheJimBelow

    Feb 17, 2018 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #6

    Sing in the corner,

    Was literally just thinking the same thing dude, plus Tammy Nightlife was withdrawn early with an injury – be useful to us if he was out action for the Swans along with Bony and Fer 🙂

  • TheJimBelow

    Feb 17, 2018 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #7

    *of action

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 17, 2018 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #8

    Much as I would like see Palace and Southampton go down with Swansea I suspect they all might get out of it now. I would like to see Hudds stay up, and even WBA before Pards went there. And then there’s the Sturridge thing..
    Stoke = doomed..?

  • TheJimBelow

    Feb 17, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah I think Palace are safe now, I definitely think Stoke and WBA will drop, and I think the 3rd team will be Huddersfield as I just think they’ll run out of steam.. tbh I’ve never seen WBA as a PL team, a rival or even an equal of ours. (That goes for about 14 current PL clubs too but unfortunately Cashley has kept us back like a jealous husband)
    Would love to see Hughton keep Brighton up.
    All in all, as long as it’s not us!!


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