Rafa Wants These Positions Filled – “We Have To Improve The Team”


We have three players who have joined Newcastle so far this summer, Kenedy on loan for the season, free agent Ki Sung-yuen in place of the departed Mikel Merino and star goalkeeper Martin Dubravka who signed for just £4M.

Newcastle (Mike Ashley) still seem to back off when a player gets over £20M.

And it doesn’t help our fans that Fulham have just paid a record £25M for Ivory Coast international Jean Michael Seri.

So Fulham (and also newly promoted Wolves) are more ambitious than Newcastle now?

Rafa Benitez – has seemed upbeat this preseason

Fulham are presumably in the same position as Newcastle were last year when we were just promoted so how can they afford those players if Newcastle couldn’t?

Rafa Benitez was asked in the Chronicle if signing a striker was still the priority this summer:

“There are some positions we have to improve, not just a striker.”

“We have to sign two or three more offensive players, and also we need a back up in defense, or to improve the defense a little bit.”

“We have plenty of work still to do.” The point is not how many signings we have done,”

“We have to improve the team, and that means to improve the squad. At the moment, we have the same players, more or less, that we had before.”

“We are in the starting position again.”

There has not been too much going on these last few days after we had the excellent news that Kenedy joined us on loan for the season.

That loan signing buoyed the Newcastle fan base, but now we need maybe another three or four good players brought in.

Rafa can now start the team next season that did so well for us this year with Dubravka in goal and Kenedy on the left wing.

But Rafa wants some additional quality up front, and a fullback brought in.

The transfer window closes three weeks come Thursday so there’s not a lot of time left – especially when Newcastle take so long to sign a player.

Comments welcome.


20 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #2

    This Kasper fella wants to sort out the internet exploerer bit or what!

    1
  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Tsunki…with all due respect maybe you should take something with you from yesterday’s debacle…be quite would be a start!

    …take a break from everything here would probably do you no harm!

    The fact that you pick up where up left off speaks volume and shouldn’t go unnoticed…here’s hoping!

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  • martoon

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Jail – you’re right – I have to use Google chrome, which I hate, to look at the blog!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    Tsunki…I have actually dicided to leave it up to the blog how much they want to listen you to you…it’s not my problem anymore how it impacts the blog!

    There has been too many on here who has let this escalate…and some have come in late with their 2 cents…bit rich!

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  • Munster Mag

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Rafa starting to make noises and it don’t sound good.

    2
  • switch365

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #7

    So when Madrid come knocking on our door, wanting Perez to replace the departing Ronaldo, how much do we ask for, or is his heart still set on Barca?

    1
  • manni

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #8

    I hear Hayden has handed in a transfer request friday to move down south due to family reasons,dont know how true it is… so thats Merino and Hayden both wanted out

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  • geordiemark

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    wonder how the season tickets are going anyone got any info on them ? an owner doesn’t want to spend money on players to keep us in the league then we have Fulham spending 35 million newly promoted side just about shows Ashley what he really is, lets take all the money Newcastle united makes and ill buy shares in other companies and buy other things that he wants with the money he should be giving rafa, just think of all the transfers in and out over 11 years, all the so called advertising money Ashley has had even though he only owns 60% of shitty direct, season ticket sales over 11 years, money off the shirts the list is endless yet he keeps a world class manager waiting if I was rafa id walk simple as that why take more of ashleys crap

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  • sweendog

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Is this why the sturaro link was there even after getting Kim

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  • geordiemark

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    I didn’t rate hayden much anyways so he can go for me

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #14

    Hayden hardly a mainstay and I doubt there will be a rush of clubs chasing him

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  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #15

    whoops sorry sween

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  • sweendog

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #16

    No worries jib, there was also talk of Wijnaldum so this all makes sense. I wondered why we were looking at more dm instead of am at the moment

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  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #17

    I thought he might have become a half decent right back

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  • sweendog

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Daved1000, agreed but not a bad player and it now means we’re light in midfield for squad players. He’ll get a move to a top championship side imo

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  • sweendog

    Jul 14, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #19

    Jib there was talk of him moving to cb,couldn’t see that myself though

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Sween
    I dont think he is a bad player. Had a couple of decent appearances last season. I think he is at or around his level with not much improvement to come.

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