Rafa Wants New Player In Next Week – But Things Moving At A Snail’s Pace

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 7.45pmSt. Patrick’s Athletic
Won 2-0
Richmond Park Stadium, Dublin
Tue 24 July KO 7.45pmHull City
Drew 2-2
KCOM Stadium, Hull
Sat 28 July KO 8:00pmFC Porto
Drew 0-0
Estadio do Dragao, Porto
Wed 1 Aug KO 7:30pmSC BragaEstadio Municipal, Braga
Sat 4 Aug KO 3:00 pmFC AugsburgSt. 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.

Comments welcome.

51 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Please don’t insult the snail. We are at a standstill. Not even moving. Ashley gambling again with our premier league status. It won’t surprise me if we finally go down this season if things remain the way it is.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Like I suggested yesterday, Rafa kind of accepts the position he is in under Ashley, accepts it and will try and have another positive season before leaving. Don’t see him kicking up a fuss as that will allow negativity to seep into the squad. He alluded in the interview to keep the atmosphere in the squad like last season so I imagine the focus will be on that.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #3

    I thought Longstaff done really well his goal was the type of finish that we have been missing basically someone at the edge of the box getting the second ball and smashing it in can’t really remember us scoring a goal like in ages?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    On his left peg too. Guy can shoot with both feet.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5
  • Reilly

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Mark Douglas
    Rafa hinting Rondon in before Portugal?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Wonder who the players Rafa wanted on loan from psg, Roma an inter were?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 18, 2018 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    This is a message that will be forgotten at certain times in the season but everyone needs to keep it in mind.

    “There is another message for our fans: if anyone wants to criticise anyone of our players they have to realise, it is not that you are signing the first on your list, or the second, or the third. Sometimes you have to wait and sign the player that is available and make sure this player is giving everything.

    “This is the positive thing about our squad. They were giving everything, and that is why were promoted and finished 10th. So massive credit to our players.

    “The fans realise these players care, and to support them even if they make mistakes, or we make mistakes. At the end they give their best.”

    That even means Joselu!

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #10

    No offense to snails, but that is an improved speed for NUFC. I’d like to think this is all part of the “hush-hush and crying poor” negotiating strategy. When a deal happens, we are all so weary of the pace that we are satisfied no matter what. But MA is right in that there are a lot of bodies at NUFC that need to find new clubs at a lower level..

  • toonluvva

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    The reason nothing much is happening is because Mr Ashley is too busy managing is first love- SportsDirect.

    Mr Charnley has no real power. He needs to get any major signing approved by Mr Ashley.

    I wonder if the plan is to delay selling some players until as close to the transfer deadline as possible leaving no time to “get anyone over the line”.

    Rafa can’t work under these conditions. The asking price for NUFC will plummet once he leaves.

  • BeeGuy

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #12

    What happened to Rolando Aarons? He looked like he spent the summer taking lessons from Hatem ben Arfa. He gets the ball, goes on a run, forgets he has teammates and then loses the ball.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    That is quite true mate,That’s why we get 50000 every home game.But it’s gonna be a question of what league we are in if this fiasco carries on.
    I’m sure fans of lower league clubs have the same sentiment to what you have just shared,But one would hope a supposed big north east club would have better aspirations.

    On other news Mike would like to say that he is
    Pleased to announce £125.9m in TV revenue. Rafa can have every penny generated – as promised, minus my 70% cut and 30% admin fee.
    I hope this is satisfactory to all fans as I continue to put the club first and foremost.

    Mike Ashley OOT

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #14


    Someone has compiled 32 lies by Newcastle and Ashley under his ownership.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #15

    We’re we on TV last night I saw something on ssn from my bar stool last night

    Are any of our games going to be shown

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #16

    The club like this kid Yarney. Looks the goods athletically for sure. https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/license/1000883484

  • beermonkey

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17


    Only 32 lies is it just ashley and co’s greatest hits of lies then

  • Reilly

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #18

    jib will be along soon with 32 rebuttals.

  • Lascelles sells sea shells by the sea shore

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #19

    Mike Ash-lie

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Every weeks the same want them by next week wish rafa would just come out and say no players coming in the foreseeable future and put us out our misery.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #21

    runaway777 – not sure that would be the right way forward.

    Whatever else is happening at the club, Rafa has always been honest. If he was to say there will be no more signings, surely that would be dishonest if he hopes / expects that more will come.

  • lesh

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #22

    Reilly @6

    And Ashley’s asking £65 for tops through the so-called club shop?

    He’s taking the pi$$ out of our fans yet still, many’ll give Ashley their money.

    Far better buying a rertro or the True Faith version as all the cameras see are the stripes. And reduced shirt sales might just prompt Fun88 to kick up!

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #23

    Ademola Lookman is 20 years old, home-grown, unhappy at Everton, scored 5 goals in 11 games for RB Leipzig after going there on loan for the 2nd half of last season.

    Apparently Everton are happy to sell to Liepzig but they don’t want to pay £18M. This looks like a deal we could get involved in and bag a cracking young player for a half-decent price, ready-made for the 1st team.

  • Reilly

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #24

    pure piss take lesh. like i says lastnight ripping off fans while kicking them in the nuts.twat.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #25

    Also, instant karma


    If his core is gone due to a fragile spine, this is the kind of niggle he could pick up regularly.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #26

    “Liverpool have made a new bid of €75m (£66.9m) for Alisson and are close to sealing a world-record deal for the Roma goalkeeper……..Alisson joined Roma from Internacional in 2016 for €7.5m.”

    The transfer market. Wild.

  • Jib

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Maybe that’s why Rafa was so non-commital about signings


    Merino had to leave training with Real Sociedad with a shoulder injury

    Maybe they haven’t paid for him yet !!!!!!!!

  • beefman13

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Rafa knows the score, he’s waiting for Mitrovic to be sold and a n other then we will buy, it’s how we roll.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Notice Tsunki has so far stuck to his somewhat rash decision to leave the blog. Bad show that. If Ed can muster the enthusiasm to keep this place going, surely the blog stalwarts can also continue to muck in too, even if it’s only less frequently. Maybe he’s gone semi-pro and is now contributing to the Huffington Post.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Putting two and two together from Benitez’s interview. Benitez more or less says his number one priority if he will sign a five year contract is sorting the academy. We know MA won’t spend more than is earned and if the goings good will take a bit from his loan. So where will the money from Benitez’s number one priority come from? Yes. The only place it can – the transfer budget. How much did Stavely say she’d spend on academy? Wasn’t it £50-100m? Could it be Rafa has said it’s more important for the long term future of the club to spend the money on infrastructure rather than a few big players?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #32

    t sounds like Benitez has demanded money goes on our abysmal youth set-up. Which is something many of us have been saying for over a decade. We can keep buying mid level players for £5-20m for years but we’ll never catch the big boys. The academy is our only chance of getting a Bale or a Gazza.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Nicky, sometimes a break can do you good. It can become a full-time job reading all the posts sometimes and I think he would have been narked to have been called a bully.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #34


    Are the toon tops on that site genuine?

  • Rafabomb

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #35

    Your a right bell-end jib……

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #36

    No they aren’t gen

  • Reilly

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #37

    No snides.A mate got one there bang on.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #38

    They just missing the puma badges?

  • lochinvar

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Rondon on loan ?
    That’s not ambition that’s a cop out

  • Reilly

    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #40

    they have to show them like that.


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