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 7.45pm||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|