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Manager Still Wants Youngsters To Get Their Chance At Newcastle

Newcastle have two games to play in the Premier League this week to end the season, and Rafa wants to get back to the way the lads were playing before we reached safety and 41 points.

It turns out that Christian Atsu has had a minor operation to fix his knee problem with Ciaran Clark injured and one or two other players out with small knocks.

Rafa wants to liven things up this week in training before our final two games of what has turned out to be a successful season because we met our single target – to survive in the Premier League.

Josef Yarney – 20-year-old center-back

Rafa has called in youngsters Josef Yarney and Paul Woolston.

Yarney is a 20-year-old Liverpudlian we signed form Everton last year, and he plays center-back.

19-year-old goalkeeper Paul Woolston is from North Shields and joined Newcastle five years ago.

Both have now been training with the Newcastle first team for over a week now.

Paul Woolston – 19-year-old Newcastle goalkeeper

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

“We have had a few injuries, but we are fine because we have had two or three young players like Yarney and Woolston who have been training with us, so we are fine.”

“They will train with us this week too because Atsu has had his operation and Clark has a problem.”

“Then we have two or three other players who are not perfect.”

“They will not be involved so the young players will get a chance in training.”

Rafa will make more changes to the team against Tottenham tomorrow night to freshen things up and get back to the way we were playing earlier this year.

It looks like one win in the final two games could see us finish in 10th place.

That’s the hope.

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23 comments so far

  • magic hat

    May 8, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    I cant see us turning up properly against spurs… I hope otherwise though. Might be worth giving Merino a start. Only player who i feel deserves one who hasn’t had one.

  • magic hat

    May 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #2

    recently I mean

  • Rotonda heights

    May 8, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    I wish fans would substitute the word greedy for cockney in that ”get out of our club” chant. The guy is not a cockney and even if he were, so are Sir Les and a few others once of this parish. Why bring where you’re from in to it?

    Sadly Rafa, as astute as he is, didn’t win his battle against the Liverpool owners back in the day.

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 8, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #4

    Me too Rotonda, it’s ridiculous.

  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Ron Knee
    “That dire performance last weekend could just be Rafa
    showing him that the squad isn’t deep enough.”
    So you seriously believe Rafa told the players: “Boys, I want to see a really lacklustre performance in the first half.”

    That comment is truly MrTuffesque

    His selection was enough

    Murphy in front of Manquillo on the right
    and Perez playing behind Gayle
    in a 4 – 4 – 1 – 1 !!!!!

  • Ron Knee

    May 8, 2018 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    Think onto something there, Jib. Nobody else spotted it.

  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2018 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #7

    @Magichat – pretty sure I read Merino has been struggling with fitness for a few weeks? Hasn’t looked the same since that back injury so maybe theyre just giving him till preseason to fully recover?

  • jayphoto

    May 8, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #8

    If im honest I can see Rafa walking… never been bothered about the West Ham links..but that leicester link is concerning.. He knows the GM there, worked with him before to success, they back managers also in transfer windows.. it can only be so long till Rafa has had enough of Ashley and the penny pinching… His stock is high now, but chances are staying here could damage him long term if he suffers another relegation which is possible next year. One worry for me that of the teams coming up, Wolves will outspend us by 3 or 4 times in the summer, similarly if its Villa or Fulham i think they will throw money at it, and if its middlesboro they have Pulis who seems unrelegatable….

  • lesh

    May 8, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #9


    Suggest you try reading, digesting and thinking about other posters’ comments before you ho wading in with both feet.

    Try re-reading Ron Knee’s post again and you might just realise that there’s a helluva difference between Rafa demonstrating the lack of squad depth and telling players and telling players he wants “to see a really lacklustre performance in the first half.”

  • lesh

    May 8, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10


    You’re spot on about dropping the cockney references to Ashley. The media’ll jump on it like a ton if bricks as Geordie bias against southerners whereas ‘greedy’ sends out the message we want the world to see.

  • AncientC

    May 8, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib, Benitez has been playing 4-4-1-1 for months now, and easily the majority of the games this season have been in the 4-4-1-1 formation. I can barely remember the last time the side played 4-2-3-1, it seems like a very long time ago.

  • Oldgit1

    May 8, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #12

    This figure of 5m to buy out contract of Rafa if still in existence, ain’t going to worry the likes of West Ham or Leicester. It’s peanuts to them.
    If West Ham is his favoured place we could end up with David Moyes but won’t happen until the window has closed.
    Then when his first public announcement is made, he will say squad is not good enough as he said at Sunderland and we know what happened to them.

  • Bianconeri

    May 8, 2018 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #13

    I hope cAshley honours what he told Sky and Rafa gets every last penny the club raises.
    Talking of sky,why is pepe le pew in the studio commenting on matches,she bloody hopeless.

    Be nice to see if Armstrong gets on the bench or even plays one of the remaining games since his loan is over

  • Bianconeri

    May 8, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #14

    ps celebrated my 63rd birthday yesterday (no alcohol mind)
    and wondered if I would still be alive the next time we win the FA cup.
    Been lucky to go to wembley 3 times in that period,plus numerous semi finals.Plus all the Fairs cup home games.
    Would love us to win it again.Not being greedy 🙂

    63 years to the day May 7th 1955 is a long time ago 🙂
    I’d settle for cAshley selling up just now.

  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #15

    I can barely remember the last time the side played 4-2-3-1, it seems like a very long time ago.

    Probably the last time Manquillo and Murphy started.

    Do you understand my post now ?

  • yitzhak rabin

    May 8, 2018 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Me neither?????????:??

  • Ron Knee

    May 8, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17


    “That dire performance last weekend could just be Rafa
    showing him that the squad isn’t deep enough.”

    As deluded a comment as anything by Liam Fox!

  • Jib

    May 8, 2018 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Suggest you try reading, digesting and thinking about other posters’ comments before you ho wading in with both feet.

    The irony of that comment is biblical

  • lesh

    May 8, 2018 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19


    Hope you had a good birthday. Maybe if you changed your name to Methusela you might have a better chance of seeing a trophy brought to SJP. Have faith bonny lad…..

    And to your question ‘…….why is Pepe le Pew in the studio commenting on matches?’ In these days of equality and diversity……. Hopeless or not – that’s the way it seems to be going.

  • lesh

    May 8, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    It seems that Mark Lawrenson’s on Rafa’s case now. He’s saying that the squad Rafa’s got available to him is not good enough to compete in the Prem.

    With the world of footballing expertise replying behind,Rafa, surely even Ashley must realise he’s got it totally wrong?

  • lesh

    May 8, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Ffs sake, it is the silly,season….. Boris Johnson suggested Trump could be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, lining him up alongside Nelson Mandella, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King…..Kissinger, Begin, Arafat.

    In saying that, the Peace Prize is but a political award and not worth a candle.

    At that rate, Ashley’s a serious contender for Owner of the Year.

  • Mag52

    May 8, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Jib (from a couple of posts back),

    Why do you think Ashley would bother to travel 12 miles to watch Watford v Newcastle United ?

  • DubaiMicky

    May 8, 2018 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #23

    lesh, Obama was nominated for it before he even took office (he got it too), totally political that, having said that stopping the fun on the Korea peninsula is quite something, it was the longest current war.


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