Rafa’s Patience Could Run Out With These Players This Summer

One weakness with the Newcastle side over the last couple of seasons has been our finishing and the inability to take reasonable chances when they are created.

It was true last season when some games were much closer than they should have been and in some cases, we lost games after missing too many chances.

Rafa seems to have given up on Aleksandar Mitrovic who is now scoring goals at Championship side Fulham, and he will be sold this summer for at least £20M, and Newcastle will hold out for that fee.

Rafa’s number one priority this summer will be to bring in two new strikers.

Dwight Gayle – likely to be sold this summer

And Dwight Gayle seems to have missed his chance this season to prove he can score goals in the Premier League and we expect Rafa to also sell Dwight this summer.

Newcastle can get a good price for him from a top Championship club because he can certainly score goals in the Championship – maybe as much as £15M?

He was fantastic for us last season and scored 23 Championship goals, and we will never forget that.

And time is running out for Islam Slimani who in any case was bottom of Rafa’s striker list in January, and we brought the Algerian in on the very last day of the transfer window.

Unless Islam really comes to life in these final four games, then Rafa will not be interested in signing him permanently.

The only striker who will probably remain will be Ayoze Perez who has shown his best ever form at Newcastle this year although he had a poor performance last night at Everton.

So we expect those three players to leave this summer.

And then players like Chancel Mbemba, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons, and Henri Saivet will be sold, and contracts for Jesus Gamez, Sadio Haidara, and Curtis Good will not be renewed.

Rafa will clear the decks to allow for better players to come into the club this summer.

That sounds good to us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

141 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 24, 2018 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #1

    I thought we were a bit sloppy last night especially the first half, totally unlike us.

    Thought the ref had a poor game, surprised Keane stayed on the pitch for them and the ref bottled a few blatant professional fouls when we were breaking on Everton.

    No big deal, no real disappointment, even though we were poor Everton only deserved a point at best.

    Slimani did ok for first start and he and Perez did better after the break, look foward to him ripping the back out the onion bag next time out.

    Had to laugh at big shams comments about our negative tactics, you couldn’t make it up..

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 24, 2018 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #2

    With a bit of composure he could have had 2 easy yesterday, shame as he has everything you’d want from a foward.

    I’ll be sad to see him leave.

  • robertsleftfoot

    Apr 24, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    I know its all guessing games at the moment as to who will leave and remain, but if you look at Rafas history he doesnt half love a good summer overhaul most seasons.

    up to a dozen will leave in my opinion and possibly the same amount coming in. Rafa will be clever to start with maybe getting a few older heads for free or relatively small fees before going in for his bigger priced targets.

    He regularly gets 8 or nine players in and out

    think his biggest ins was something like 15 players at liverpool

  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #4


    will Rafa still be here to oversee a massive restructuring like that ???
    there has to be some doubt about Rafa staying if Ashleys still here

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Is it just me who thinks Gayle is worth keeping? In addition with 2 strikers being brought in, gayle could offer good competition and be a good third choice option. He may not be the regular goalscorer that we need but we know what he can offer and being 3rd choice competing with another striker would mean that he doesn’t need to be the clinical main goal scorer.

    If you want to judge slimani on 4 games then you’re asking for trouble I believe. He’s completely lacking in sharpeness and if he scored say 3-4 goals between now and end of the season, I would still possibly decline the opportunity to sign him permanently.

    Obviously if Rafa decides he is the player we need then go for it but I don’t think he believes he is.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #6


    I’d keep Gayle over Perez any day.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #7

    If we can’t get kenedy on permanent then if it wouldn’t be possible to loan him again then that would work out very well for us in terms of more funds for strikers and #10. In addition we need more left back cover, another right back and defensive mid to compete with diame. Other positions can be strengthened and reinforced but not really priorities atm.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #8

    I like Perez but I’ve said a lot this season and last season as it happens, Perez is not a #10. He is a striker. He is being moulded into the position it seems by Rafa so I thinking he is here to stay. I reckon if we bring in a #10, Perez is good for competition and improving and learning from someone natural to that position.

  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #9

    the first job has to be getting Rafa to stay without that commitment these lists of player coming/going are immaterial

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #10

    Personally I wouldn’t keep either Perez or Gayle as neither are of the standard required. Perez, whilst in good form, is not the creative outlet we need at No 10 – the man can’t pass a ball 10 yards as demonstrated last night and is an average finisher at best.

    Gayle, whilst must be commended for his goals last season, will never be a PL striker and should be allowed to return to his level.

    I fully expect Rafa, if given the funds to do so, to get rid of both players thogoh I have a sneaky suspicion that Perez will be here again next season

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Repost from last night as i’m still a bit p!ssed off with that bl00dy ref.

    I was certain that we’d get a goal in the second half, we were outplaying them and but for the fact they had all of the refs decisions in their favour we shoulda got something from the game.

    I did ask the question before the game if he was another one who hated us and so it proved to be.

    Definite pen and a definite red card were the two obvious bad decisions but the “foul” on Baines was the start for me, he basically just fell over and the ref fell for it.
    Contrast that with the way Perez was roughed up all of the game with very little protection said it all as far as I was concerned.

    I reckon Shelvey may have been trying to hard to impress with the rumours of an England call up and tried too many of his long passes. I still thought he had a decent game for all that.

    Roll on WB at least it’s not a must win game anymore

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #12

    I cant see much of an incentive for Rafa to sign up in any hurry, if anything he should be holding out till this time next year to force the buggars to toe the line.

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #13

    On last night’s match: just a bad day all around. First half we could barely string 2 passes together. Everything was disjointed and chaotic, players seemed out of synch mentally with each other. Missed chances. Bad officiating. Pitch too slippery. Etc…

    Felt bad for Slimani making his first start with the team so out of rhythm and with his lack of match sharpness: very difficult. But crazy to give up on him after one poor start!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #14

    But by getting rid of Perez doesn’t that mean you’ll be expecting to bring in two no10s as opposed to just one and have Perez compete? This in addition with the striking reinforcements that we need.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d keep Perez over Gayle any day, I reckon he could easily be a 20 goal a season player.

    I’m also looking forward to the return of our loanee’s, amongst whom, there might just be the answer to our striking needs.

  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #16

    he was a £29m pound buy so if we were to go in for him he won’t be cheap

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #17

    I don’t think it’s either Perez or gayle. Both are playing different positions with Perez ever hardly playing upfront as striker this season barring a couple games. I think both are worth keeping for competition and both already know the system that Rafa wants and the expectations. No point getting rid to replace and still lack the depth that Rafa mentions as wanting.

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Agreed that he should not be bought at that price! And his age is getting up there as well, so think there may be other options out there. I just don’t thing people should write him off based on that match last night.

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #19


  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 24, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Sure hope Joselu is out the door too Ed.

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Top need: a high quality #10 and one or two strikers. How about a Serbian partnership of Dusan Tadic and that big lad currently playing for Fulham (his name escapes me)? 😉

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Lol, have no idea who you’re talking about! 😉

    Would ask though, not seen much of tadic this season or his goals/assists etc but I thought he was primarily a wide player with the tendency to come inside, not a number 10?

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Not a great match. We couldn’t make a good pass a the crucial time. Perez was very disappointing. Shelvey had an off game as well. I thought people were getting over-confident. We’re a true work in progress. Narrow margins to say the least.

  • Graeme

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #24

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  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #25

    I thought Perez was basically beaten up out of the game.

    Really talented, but too small so got picked on.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #26

    I think last night turned out to be exactly what it was: two teams with nothing to play for at the end of a long hard slog, unintentionally taking their foot off the pedal and relaxing just a little too much.
    Not a game that will be remembered by either set of fans.
    Also a bit of a wake up call after a great run of results – losing twice to that rabble tells us we’ve got a long way to go yet.
    Still, not going to dwell on it. It was pretty much pants. Bring on West Brom at home and get back to winning ways. 🙂

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Tadic plays in the #10 role for Serbia. With the saints (according to whoscored) he has played 16 matches in the middle, 8 on the right and the rest on the left and in other positions.

    This season in the EPL he has scored 4 goals and has 3 assists for a poor side.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #28

    Perez will never be a consistent goal scorer in this division. Gayle brings a bit more to the table but we would be better off selling both, along with Mitro to get the cash for one big buy at striker. Then put anything El Cheapo hands over into another striker and an AMF. To make any decent progress next season we must score more goals. Another Rafa clearout should happen this summer. Many of the loanees might be gone as well. Aarons hasn’t played well on loan apparently and Armstrong should get one last chance with us. Probably not good enough though.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Don’t want Toaditch either. Harrumph….

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    What aboot a cheeky bid for Xherdan Shaquiri when Stoke go down?

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #31

    Not sure The baggies will be the easy win you kind of suggest BobbyBee.

    Darren Moore has got them playing out of their skins, they need to win all their games and hope Swansea lose all theirs, then they can still stay up.

    They’re a wounded animal with a new hope and nothing left to lose.

    I wouldn’t be so sure about us beating them bonny lad.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #32

    There’s nothing I hate worse than a bad case of Toaditch…

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #33

    At this stage we need quality. That means money. And lots of it. No more lies from The Big Thickie. Hand it over Mike. Or we’ll have ya.

  • chicousa

    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #34

    G2. Sounds like you may have an itch in your battle thong today?!!! 😉

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #35

    No, I mean it. We’ll have ya Mikey.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #36

    I do chico mate. It’s not a pretty sight either. We can get into the top 8 if Mikey behaves himself.

  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #37

    We need quality now. Not bargain basement skivvies and tank tops from the returns bin. No more Hoser Loo level buys. No more “ooh I’d love to help you out Rafa but me wallets in me other jacket at the cleaners.” We’re waiting ….

  • Tramp

    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #38

    The idea that we have a championship squad gets thrown about a lot. It means different things to different people.

    The want and need for developing young talent is always true.

    We have a very young starting 11. We have witnessed first hand the improvement each player has made under the guidance of Rafa already and not least the difference a consistent starting 11 can make.

    What if… what if, I almost can’t believe I’m going to suggest this but I do enjoy the idea… what if we keep the exact same starting 11 for next season (signing the loanees) My belief is that we would see continued improvements and progression in individuals and as a team as we have the latter games of this season.

    Let’s develop and have faith in what we have?? It’s a bigger ask for some players than others but why not?

    There’s plenty of holes in my romantic view, clearly. But would it be that crazy to try?

    I’m much more concerned about our potential outgoings this summer than incomings.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Personally I don’t care how much is spent. As long as Rafa gets the players he wants and the positions he wants filled are actually filled. Good scouting will mean you can find good players, the cost of them doesn’t make it so. Dubravka looks to be a decent keeper yet is only a few million.

  • magpie6699

    Apr 24, 2018 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #40

    On a totally different note, there was an interview with the political commentator / ?editor of the Daily Mirror today Kevin whatsisname who’s clearly from the North-East. Always liked him. Turns out he’s a Sunderland supporter. He said that recently he’s been staying till the end of the games at S.O.S to beat the rush! Love it!


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