Rafa Benitez and his first team squad ended their Ireland training camp last night with a 2-0 win over St. Patrick’s Athletic.
Newcastle have so far brought in three good players, and Rafa is hoping to get another player through the door soon.
Newcastle play Porto on Saturday 28th July in Portugal and Rafa is hoping to have another player signed by then.
Since that’s in 10 days time we hope so too, but things are too much like last summer, and they are moving at a snail’s pace.
Sean Longstaff – had a good game last night
Our next friendly is at Hull City next Tuesday night, and then the squad will spend six days in Portugal.
Here’s the schedule of friendlies.
|Tue 17 July KO 7.45pm||St. Patrick’s Athletic |
|Richmond Park Stadium, Dublin|
|Tue 24 July KO 7.45pm||Hull City|
|KCOM Stadium, Hull|
|Sat 28 July KO 8:00pm||FC Porto|
|Estadio do Dragao, Porto|
|Wed 1 Aug KO 7:30pm||SC Braga||Estadio Municipal, Braga|
|Sat 4 Aug KO 3:00 pm||FC Augsburg||St. James’ Park, Newcastle|
Newcastle need to sell Mitrovic – probably to Fulham – and our number one striker target is now Venezuelan International Salomon Rondon of West Brom.
Presumably, that’s the player Rafa hopes we can sign by the end of next week.
Rafa was asked if he hopes to have a new player in before Newcastle travel to Portugal next week:
“Hopefully.” “We hope to have somebody and we will continue working and trying to do the best for the squad.”
“We have one day off and then we get to continue training and trying to improve the fitness of the team.”
“You have to give credit to them (St. Patrick’s Athletic.). They passed the ball well and they are well organized. “
“They know exactly what they have to do.”
“We knew it would be like that. That’s the reason why the second half we improved in terms of regaining the ball.”
“We know we have to press and we did it better.”
“It’s good for him (Sean Longstaff) and his confidence.” “But all of the youngsters did well.”
“What they gave is what they expect and they did it.”
It’s good the young players all had decent games last night – good for their confidence.
Karl Darlow had to come off at halftime last night with a knee injury at Richmond Park.
But Rafa is not expecting the injury to be serious.