Two First-Team Players Return To Newcastle Training To Boost Squad


Ki Sung-yueng has arrived back at Newcastle, and he has started training after taking the number 4 shirt at the club.

After a tiring Wold Cup in which South Korea did not perform well, he signed on at Newcastle and then returned home to recharge his batteries, but has returned one week early.

That will give him the chance to play in Portugal when the squad leaves for two friendlies later this week following a friendly at Hull tomorrow night.

And now we have all three new signings training with the squad – Kenedy, Dubravka, and Sung-yueng.

Ki Sung-yueng – in training at Benton

If only we can get three or more good players through the door it could still turn out to be a decent transfer window for us, which has been made extra difficult by owner Mike Ashley withholding money from the manager to try to get him to sign a new contract.

Or that’s what the reports are saying in any case.

Here’s the preseason schedule of friendlies.

DateTeamLocation
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

Isaac Hayden – has returned to training

The other player who has started training is Isaac Hayden who has returned to Newcastle after handing in a transfer request last week.

He wants to be closer to his girlfriend and baby daughter in the south-west, but we don’t know what the status, other than Rafa has been talking with him to try to solve his dilemma.

This is what the Chronicle has reported on the situation just today:

“Benitez is proposing the player can take regular days off and will offer the player some flexibility around training sessions.”

“Benitez is also concerned that Hayden would not be replaced if he is sold this summer.”

We hope Hayden will stay with us for next season, but it’s a difficult situation for him.

It seems there is no trust between Mike Ashley and Rafa Benitez and that hardly bodes well for Rafa’s future at the club.

Comments welcome.


220 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #1

    jayphoto
    Selling players on the drip will be a
    contributory factor to Rafa looking for loans
    According to Sky we ain’t the only club to
    increasingly take the loan route

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  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #2

    I have a feeling Rafa may try to make do with this
    squad
    Javier Manquillo

    Florian Lejeune

    Joselu

    DeAndre Yedlin

    Christian Atsu

    Callum Roberts

    Ciaran Clark

    Paul Dummett

    Jamaal Lascelles

    Jacob Murphy

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Dwight Gayle

    Mohamed Diame

    Matt Ritchie

    Martin Dubravka

    Isaac Hayden

    Ayoze Perez

    Henri Saivet

    Rolando Aarons

    Freddie Woodman

    Jamie Sterry

    Matz Sels

    Achraf Lazaar

    Ki Sung-yueng

    Kenedy

    Sean Longstaff

    Josef Yarney

    Victor Fernandez

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Jib
    Whether ashley attends games or not i am Pretty sure his minions Barnes and
    Bishop keep him well informed. Would be very naive to think otherwise.

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  • santon3

    Jul 23, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #4

    It seems that Ashley has become a tool for the media to sell news, because so much hatred toward him. Any kind of story make sense or not, it will sell. Like 100mil or dirty tactic against Rafa or any kind transfer news, it sounds as if the were in the same meeting room with Rafa and Ashley. We have been linked with I don’t know how may players, even players that we or Rafa never heard of and just keep saying AShley or Charnley didn’t want to buy or play low ball.
    I only believe it what Rafa says, he is not the kind that will lie or play any politics against the fans. He has so many choices to go to and leave us, but he opted to stay. May be he understand the real condition, but doesn’t want to expose to public because it will cause unrest for the players and fans. Not defending Ashley, but he is not oil tycoon and this is our 2nd season back in PL, we did spend a lot of money in transfers and wage while in championship.

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  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Bishop never missed a home game last season Barnes only appeared at odd games,
    Bishop is definitely the spy in the camp

    just for the record how loan players can prem club take per season ???

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  • Toondog2

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Jib#2
    what do you think of the squad as you have put up?
    Are we able to stay mid table with that?

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  • Toondog2

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #7

    Are some of the Youngsters in Jibs squad able to progress to play in the 1 st Team now ?

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  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #8

    * how many loan players can prem club take per season ???*

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #9

    I think maximum 3 players on loan..

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #10

    If I remember correctly, Watford had a team largely composed of loanees but that might have been in their promotion season.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #11

    Welbeck rondon… We as well keep mitrovic and see what he does. Better than selling to Fulham who is our relegation fight rival.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Jib

    That doesn’t look too bad as a squad, just a bit light on striker options! Although a few more goals from midfield could balance that out.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #13

    2 loan players – max at any one time. Throughout the season four are registerable.

    https://www.premierleague.com/news/464747

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  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #14

    that’s a very very weak premiership squad

    in my opinion relegation fodder even with Rafa incharge

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  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #15

    Restrictions only apply to loaning from the PL
    You can take loanees from all over Europe of course

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  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #16

    thanks Tuff
    so one loan spots gone already the next one’s vital for our survival if that’s all we’re getting

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  • Toondog2

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #17

    Hibbit
    Which other teams are weak despite their spending
    I think Fulham Brighton Huddersfield Wolves

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Just been watching a bit of the ManC v Dortmund game, City are playing a lot of youngsters and doing OK during the time I’ve watched it. I’ve recorded and will see the rest later.

    Suppose it depends a lot on how good your youngsters are and if our’s will progress enough to fill the gaps.

    We should find out soon enough as things stand at present.

    Probably be OK providing they are filtered into the 1st team carefully.

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  • Toondog2

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #19

    I still don’t know where all the money is going even with sell to loan or buy do we have such a huge player wage bill still

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Apparently the 2 loan rule applies when loaning from premier league clubs and other english clubs in lower divisions. Loans from anywhere else do not count.

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  • NUFCadon

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Are you sure Jib? I thought a premier league club could only 2 play no matter where they are from

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  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #22

    only 2 loans within the uk but unlimited from the rest of the world
    so we still room to maneuver with Rafa’s contacts !!!!

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  • NUFCadon

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #23

    just seen your message Markaccus. I never knew that, interesting

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  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #24

    Loans between Premier Leage clubs and other English counterparts are officially called temporary transfers.

    Under the rules in the Premier League Handbook 2017/18 (Download PDF, size: 46.1MB), there are restrictions on how many players Premier League clubs can loan from other Premier League/English clubs.

    They are:
    – Premier League clubs may not register more than two players on loan at any one time.
    – The maximum number of loans registrable in the same season is four, and, under no circumstances, shall more than one be from the same club at any one time.
    – Premier League clubs cannot loan to another Premier League club a player they have acquired in the same transfer window.
    – A Premier League club may loan not more than one of its goalkeepers to another Premier League club

    With the exception of Welsh clubs competing in the competitions listed under Rule V.6.2, loans from a club in membership of another National Association do not count towards the above quotas

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  • magic hat

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #25

    We had 3 loans at winter window last season 2 from different premier league clubs and dubs from abroad. We can loan players if we have to.

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  • Bedford Geordie

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #26

    “With the exception of Welsh clubs competing in the competitions listed under Rule V.6.2, loans from a club in membership of another National Association do not count towards the above quotas.”

    So does this mean we can loan more than 2 players from welsh teams, i.e. Swansea?? Long live loancastle united ??

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Would like to see origi over rondon

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  • hibbit

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #28

    most of the loan names being listed on here are from Prem teams….
    so now we know we only have one Prem slot available who will it be ????

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  • TyneMouth

    Jul 23, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #29

    JLP Geordie, @ #49. 2.50pm

    “Tynemouth & Posada re: being paid in Euros – Think you are a bit off the mark there. Anyone working in the UK are subject to UK employment rules & tax regulations which includes a minimum number of days in the UK and as the UK has a currency of the pound sterling so will be paid as such. So to conclude I think this is a ‘herring rouge’.”

    Tax evasion or currency manipulation is not the point. It’s very simple, a contract is drawn up, the salary is agreed based on a currency satisfactory to both parties, it could be UK£, US$ or euro€, and in the case of a currency other than the UK£ there be an adjustment related the exchange rate at the time of payment, weekly,(unlikely) monthly or quarterly. Tax and Ni remains the same.

    In normal times this exchange rate will be nominal, however in these times of economic uncertainty there is very little currency stability.

    Another poster commented that the UK£ was over valued, and now the UK£’s value is distinctly reduced, there has been upsurge of business activity in his area. That is because it’s now cost effective for EU companies to rent buildings, and pay workers the current value of the pound relative to the euro, ie, 20%+ less. Pity the counter balance is more expensive imported goods.

    The proof of the value of leaving Europe, Will be when Lidl and Aldi leave the UK. We are on course to be a low value country, the race to the bottom is on…just sayin’

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  • c-dog

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #30

    Origi started well in Germany last year then went to crap. Perez, Jonjo, Big Mo and Ritchie will hopefully perform again. But someone who gets at least 10-15 league goals we do need if we are to progress.

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  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #31

    ‘herring rouge’.
    In honour of Rafa please use Spanish
    “Cortina de Humo”
    Literally a curtain of smoke
    smokescreen

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  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #32

    I can see Ayoze as an out and out striker
    could work in conjunction with Joselu.

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  • c-dog

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #33

    I can’t see Joselu ever working

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #34

    Jib
    Aye I’ve sort of said that and will probably go with him in the predictions as our top scorer with 15 goals.

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  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Apparently there is going to be a lot of folk
    in NE6 this week according to the Met office.

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    Lots of folk overheating

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  • Markaccus

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #36

    Jib

    Did you not finish your last sentence?
    Was it supposed to be “could work in conjunction with Joselu not being on the pitch”? 😀

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #37

    Off post but Aldi and Lidl are expanding in the UK – plans to increase their stores massively over the next few years must be a good environment for them?

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  • Jib

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #38

    Markaccus
    😛

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  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 23, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Re currency fluctuations, when i first started here with Emirates, they had a guarantee of rate, so even though i was paid in local currency my monthly salary was changed due to the ongoing fluctuations in the £, happily I joined when it was 7:1, so when it dropped to 5:1, my pay here was greater.

    It never did go much above 7/1

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