Rafa – With Transfers – Big Money Doesn’t Always Make The Difference


We don’t know if it’s Mike Ashley rubbing off on Rafa or what?

But the manager has said today that it’s not always a question of money when signing the players a team needs.

We remember in early January Rafa saying one or two players can make the difference at Newcastle.

We didn’t really believe that at the time but he’s been right with Kenedy and Dubravka making a huge difference since they arrived in January.

Rafa Benitez – gesticulating on the touchline Saturday

Rafa will know exactly the players he needs to sign this summer to make the team a lot stronger for next season.

This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“It’s not always a question of money.”

“That doesn’t always make the difference when it comes to signing the players you need.”

“In January, when we were talking we said we need a goalkeeper, a winger and a striker.”

“And that is what we did and you can see the difference.”

“It is about doing the right things at the right time.”

If Slimani is as good as we think he is – it wouldn’t be a bad start if we tried to sign all three loan players permanently in the summer.

If we can get Kenedy signed permanently, it will be a real coup.

And the lad seems to love it at Newcastle and he’s getting all the playing time he needs – plus the adulation of Geordie fans everywhere.

What more could a 22-year-old want?

Comments welcome.


155 comments so far

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2018 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1

    http://www.bongonews.com/images/Morocco_2004-09-18.jpg

    If anyone is planning to go to Benwell for the Casablanca match Jib will be serving a traditional lamb tagine accompanied by spicy cous coups and various kebabs.

    After the match there will be a belly dancing display courtesy of Jane followed by a heavy session on the hookah.

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Cous cous. Jib has also prepared some homemade flat breads which will be served with a variety of dips.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #3

    Very true. It’s all about good scouting. Rafa wanted kenedy in the summer, since getting him you see the difference and impact he has made. Should back him to bring in his targets. Saying that though, caballero and Reina were his supposed keeper target but I’m happy with dubravka. Hope he is made permanent.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Someone asked recently if there is anyone worth getting from sides relegated. Right now that’s wba and stoke I reckon. I personally wouldn’t get anyone from stoke. I think it’s important that any signing fits in with the ethic the team has right now and I don’t see anyone there that does. Shaqiri is a good player with a lot of quality but he plays for himself. Not interested in them type of players. At wba, I’d be interested in taking sam field though probably not for the first team. Think he is a quality young player and gave us a bit of a run around earlier in the season.

    1
  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Jib “Jiblets” Jibberish trying out his belly dancing gear. Perhaps mightn’t draw a big crowd but you never know.

    http://canitbesaturdaynow.com/dived/single/belly_dancer/

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  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #6

    This made me laugh lol

    John
    @JohnWainwright4
    ·
    1h
    #nufc Top 5 Best Transfer Deals (In and Out) in my lifetime

    1. Alan Pardew – Crystal Palace – 3m
    2. @alanshearer – Newcastle – 15m
    3. Moussa Sissoko – Spurs – 30m
    4. Andy Carroll – Liverpool – 35m
    5. @7RobLee – NUFC – 700K

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Somebody mentioned that lad Mooy a few threads ago. I think he was the best player on the park on Saturday – all over the place- never stopped running. If Huddersfield go down he might be worth a shout – if we could get him cheaply.
    Let’s face it Mr Tubbs is not going to invest an amount of money that will free us from a lower mid table scrap again next season.

    9
  • John Tudor

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Arms not going to make it
    Hah cracking goal

    3
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Nowt to beat a good Tagine with Black Pudding. Yum!

    2
  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #11
  • John Tudor

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #12

    Armstrong again

    3
  • Tenbytoon

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Jay Rodriguez would be decent from brumich, as long as he’s over his injuries, thought he looked superb before he had that bad injury

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Half – time
    MK Dons 0 – Blackburn 2
    Armstrong 12 mins
    Armstrong 45 mins

    3
  • Bobbybee

    Apr 2, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Another two great goals, from Arma. Both goals made by himself from half chances.
    He’s a natural goalscorer. In rubbish teams you don’t get the service. In teams providing that service he bangs em in for fun.
    I just want to see him playing with the likes of Shelvey feeding those great runs he makes.

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #16

    Bettys

    Jib and Jane’s Benwell caravanseri’s gonna be busy but where do we park the camels? As far as the not being available for the post-prandial entertainment, they could always draft in one of the belly dancers who did the hoppings side shows. She’d have to scrub up and make sure her false teeth are in for the performance.

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Bettys

    Re @16

    • As far as the belly dancer not being available……

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #18

    There have been no provisions made for camel parking, however for those preferring not to drive there will be a donkey taxi service running to and from the toon.

    2
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #19

    I think Blackburn will bid for him when they are promoted. £4-7m.

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Non football

    My phone’s based on Windows 10 and this doesn’t accommodate Adblock.

    Whilst living with ads is a fact of life, the ads on this blog have become bigger and now appear among the comments posts. Ads are annoying at the best of time but they’re getting to be beyond a joke. Grrrrr!

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  • lesh

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Repost from a couple of threads back

    Jiblets

    You asked why does maximising profits from low investment make Ashley a bad man? It doesn’t, that’s what business is all about.

    However, where the business is a major football club and its fans, the club’s and thus the owner’s customers expect a on-field success for their club, that success necessarily depends on sufficient investment to deliver. However, Ashley’s measure of success appears to be avoiding relegation at minimal cost and self sufficiency in doing so!

    If Ashley demonstrated some commitment to invest with a view to making Newcastle United a club that’s aiming to actually compete with and become established among those clubs which are generally involved in European competition, fans would warm to him. As it is, he’s washed his hands of the club to the extent that break even with minimal investment appears to be his aim. Fine, but that approach is not meeting customer expectations!

    All in all, in terms of business practice, he’s not a bad man but his vision for Newcastle United is not shared by its fans. The relationship’s gone very sour and it’s time Ashley went.

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  • jezza442

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #22

    I think Armstrong still looks a decent prospect,he’s developing well again under Tony Mowbray and hopefully if they go up he should stay there under his guidance in the championship, I think he will do better in that league with Mowbray he seems to know his strengths and plays to them.

    7
  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #23

    http://www.freakingnews.com/pictures/120000/Sean-Penn-with-Moroccan-Medical-Marijuana–120392.jpg

    Lesh……… You won’t get much joy from Jib now as he’s really in Moroccan party mode.

    1
  • jane

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Sunderland 0 Shef Wed 1

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  • jane

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #25

    didn’t last long tho 1-1

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #26

    From the BBC HYS on Pardew
    FruitBatman

    “The players can nick a taxi for him”

    ouch !

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  • Jib

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Rolando Aarons played for over an hour
    for Verona vs Inter on Saturday
    Verona lost 3 – 0

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  • jane

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Sunderland 1 Shef Wed 2

    3
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Good on you Bill, you show that silly Jail that Jeff isn’t the only one who watches the Morroccan pro league.

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  • Bladey

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #30

    The blade holds his hand up
    ASH OUT
    RAFA IN

    6
  • jane

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Sunderland 1 Shef Wed 3 going down

    2
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Jail and his Siamese twin Tsunki…do you families know you spend most of your day on a blog trying to ridicule others and talking nonsense and kitchen anecdotes? 🙂

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #33

    Betcha that Bradley Dack was involved in there somewhere. that team runs on him.

    1
  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #34

    Jail

    I’d watch football anywhere mate, I used to go and watch Dunston in the Sunday league.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #35

    From the BBC on Alan Pardew.
    His overall win percentage in the top flight is 34.1%.
    Pardew has the worst win percentage – 5.5% – of any permanent West Brom manager in the Premier League.
    He has won just two of his last 29 Premier League matches as a manager (D7 L20).

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Don’t suppose Sundaland have much if any wriggle room now.

    1
  • jane

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Burton winning will drop them back to bottom.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #38

    Jæsper,
    Can I be his sidekick at the same time as being his Siamese twin?
    EGB,
    The joys of being retired.

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #39

    If Birmingham win their game in hand the Mackems are eight points adrift of 4th bottom with a lousy goal difference

    Coleman must be thinking that West Bromwich was worth waiting for

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  • jane

    Apr 2, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Boro late equaliser at Burton tho.

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