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Rafa Still Keen To Strengthen Before Window Closes

Newcastle will travel to Portugal today with two friendlies arranged – the first one is tomorrow against Porto, and then on Wednesday we take on SC Braga.

It’s interesting that Chancel Mbemba has just moved this week to Porto for a reported fee of around £5M – although it’s probably unlikely he will get an outing tomorrow against Newcastle.

Rafa was pleased to get Swiss center-back Fabian Schar into the club yesterday, and it seems we will be signing Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto for £9.5M very soon.

Rafa Benitez – smiling in training

But Rafa is still interested in bringing more players into the club, and he had this to say about recruitment as reported in the Chronicle:

“You need numbers in the Premier League.” “We have to strengthen everywhere.”

“If we want to compete in the Premier League, we have to be stronger, it is as simple as that.”

After the two games in Portugal, we have only one more friendly to play – a week tomorrow – at home to FC Augsburg,

FC Augsburg finished 12th in the Bundesliga last season.

Then we play Spurs at home the following Saturday to kick off the season.

Hopefully, we will have at least three more players in by then, and all 3 points against Spurs would be an excellent way to start the season.

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

Comments welcome.

3 comments so far

  • TyneMouth

    Jul 27, 2018 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Nicky @ #94

    Your post regarding your opinion of Ashley is somewhat contradictory. You would like MA to ‘sort’ out Rafa’s long term contract, and then selling up ‘responsibly’ so giving ‘someone else ago’.

    I am certainly not an apologist for MA, but, unfortunately, he is the owner of NUFC, and as such he is not obliged to do any of your suggestions. You claim that if MA fails to extend Rafa’s contract you will be right behind IRGWG, and then conclude that the ‘last time you looked, Rafa was still there’

    The reality is Rafa is under contract until June 2019, and is under no obligation to agree a contract which doesn’t meet his demands. Ashley has no legal requiement to meet Rafa’s demands, nor is he bound to sell the club ‘responsibly’

    However, should MA persuade Rafa to put pen to paper, what next?

    Rafa stays, good news. Ashley is still the owner, not good news.

    The IRGWO campaign is not the answer, unless you are happy to see the continuing despicable behavior of the owner of NUFC.

    Ashley really is the architiple of the ugly face of capitalism

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 27, 2018 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2


    I find it rather irksome that people somewhat patronisingly and condescendingly knock others like IRGWG for getting off their backsides and trying to orchestrate something. Absolutely fine if these knockers have an alternative answer, however, if they don’t, what are you gaining by belittling these people for their efforts?

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    On another topic do we really need a big lump like a Rondon, Mitro type? There were times last season when we played a false 9 with Atsu often being the furthest forward and we played the most fluid, free flowing football on the deck.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed – can’t see Mbemba getting a game as he was on crutches and in a wheelchair yesterday.


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