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Rafa On Local Lad – He’s Been Great For Us

What Rafa demands from all his players is that they give 100% in training and 100% when they play for Newcastle – nothing less will do.

If players don’t want to do that, they will have short futures at Newcastle under Benitez.

Rafa admires players who work hard and one such example since he arrived is Yoan Gouffranm, who has been a  revelation for us this season as a regular starter on the left wing and he showed he’s not too bad up front either as a single striker.

Sammy Ameobi in action against Rotherham

Rafa has been extremely impressed with Sammy Ameobi – with his general positive attitude and his hard work on the training field.

This is what Rafa has said about the 23 year-old as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“Normally, when you prepare your squad, you have an idea.” “Look at Rolando Aarons. He had a cruciate ligament injury.”

“You have to fix that problem.”

“Sammy has been great for us, working hard in training since the first day, and when he goes on the pitch he gives you quality.”

“Sterry is also coming back and will increase competition.” 

“You have to be sure to improve your players and make sure they give their best.”

So we expect Sammy to be used as an impact sub by the manager and he could get another run out today against Derby.

We’d also like to see Jamie Sterry get some playing time – whenever he’s played for the first team he has never let us down.

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46 comments so far

  • mindshaft

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #1

    Ameobi has actually looked okay in the couple of games he came on as sub – don’t think he is Prem quality but can do a job for us in this league

  • Jib

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #2

    When it comes to defenders it’s clear what Rafa likes – no frills – first and foremost a defender.

    That’s why I think he may decide to work on a solid citizen like Curtis Good.

    Unbelievably , although Curtis will have been here for 5 years in the Summer he will only be 24 next month.

    Still plenty of time to carve out a great career at NUFC.

  • toontaff2

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Sammy scores………….we’re on the pitch

  • toontaff2

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #4

    OH Sammy AMeobi……….
    Oh Sammy Ameobi…………
    Left leg in………………

  • dem

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Rafa Bingo –

    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gouffran


  • toontaff2

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Now for the TUFTY ‘n’ BENT chants!

  • Budge123

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Is will Hughes fit to play?
    Would like to watch him live and would love to see him in a Toon shirt next season

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #8


    Think he’s out injured mate

  • Budge123

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    I knew he had been wasn’t sure if back.
    Better for us if he is out still I suppose

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Derby are a good defensive side, generally playing with less possession and making the most of their scoring chances. Exactly the type of side that we most struggle against but with the added extra of having quality players in their side.

    I hope training has been going well this week and they have been working on set pieces. Rafa should be working on attacking their full backs and either getting crosses in or corners. They will attempt to cut out all our attacks and turn the crowd, which will in turn make the players nervous.



    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #11

    is MBEMBA fit to play today,if so, better him than lascelles.What’s the fuss with lascelles?His form has been questionable for at least 3 matches already.


    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #12

    Felt a bit for perez when he left the field the other day,worked hard but was let down by his final balls.He looked dejected but how i wish he comes back stronger.Here’s wishing.


    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #13

    side note to RAFA if he’s reading this,lol, ATTACK,TOON ATTACK ATTACK.Leave the defgensive formation,we are at home,no ball passed side ways or backwards,plz.


    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    BUDGE 123
    Derby County will be without key duo Will Hughes and David Nugent for the trip to face Newcastle United in the Championship on Saturday, the club’s official website have confirmed.

  • Budge123

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #15

    Cheers mate. Makes my 3-1 prediction a bit more confident!


    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Rafa Bingo –

    Yedlin Mbemba Clark Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame sammy Ameobi…………..


    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #17

    so be it,lol

  • Ian Toon

    Feb 4, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #18

    Catching up on yesterday’s posts the overriding feeling is of the passion that exists amongst our fan base. What a shame that Mr Tuff feels the need to add his puerile list!
    He surely is one of the most useless of bloggers. His public utterances are usually cringe making nonsense which appear far worse when coming from a senior. What a legacy!! Fans laughing at you and not with you. There’s also the question of hypocrisy, don’t do what I do, do what I say. SJP fans will surely be more aware that the primary aim of being a supporter is to support the team.

  • c-dog

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #19

    Big Murph to rattle the onion sack…

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Ian Toon – stop your matchday mischief.
    Refrain from your poisonous rhetoric.
    You are such a bitter person with poison in your heart.

  • Jib

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Derby had quite a spectacular December out of 6 league games they kept 5 clean sheets – no losses.

    The wheels fell off slightly early January with a 3 – 0 coating off Norwich then a 1 – 0 loss to Leeds (both away)

    They have recovered in the last 2 to beat Reading at home and then thumping Ipswich away 3 – 0 last Tuesday.

  • cyprus

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #22

    What did ‘confident Benitez’ (to quote you Ed) say about the Derby coach? That he’s a yes man, spineless and clueless (to quote us fans)?

    Suddenly it don’t quite feel that way 😉

    Hey, game on TV 🙂

  • cyprus

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #23

    You’re playing both Sammy and Ameobi. That’s like 12 players.

    Anyway, I’d play him too. Can he last 90′? Seems to tire.

  • Jib

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #24

    It’s shit or bust for McClaren
    He’s expected to lose so for him there’s nothing lost going all out for a win.
    He knows our crowd better than most and will be aware how quiet they can be when their side is on the back foot.

  • posada

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Would like to see Sammy play.
    Teams get tight to us all over the pitch.
    Sammy would worry them as he can go past a player.
    Others can’t.
    Does he lack the defensive side of things and tracking back.
    Well possibly which is why Rafa will probably take Gouf as the safe option.
    Thing is if you always take the safe option you tend to have no flare players, players that can go past a defender.
    That makes the tactic teams adopt against us effective.
    Going tight man for man. They know we have no one to hurt them.

  • LeedsMag

    Feb 4, 2017 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    As the dust settles on windowgate, for me ,its well done and well said Rafa.Showed his displeasure then said all the right things about unity and moving on
    So different to all the spin,lies and platitudes that Pardew used to come out with after similar windows – trying to placate the fans and appear the tough guy whilst appeasing Ashley

  • cyprus

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #27

    Agree, but ask Spurs if Sammy is PL quality. I think he is, but being a native, he suffers most from Newcastleitis (inconsistency).

  • cyprus

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #28

    I don’t ‘engage’ with you but I admit I pressed the attachment under your title ‘Rafa is leaving’. It was funny.

  • toon kk

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    Earlier in the season is would have been confident of a win against Darby, but since then our wheels have fallen off, our pace has dropped especially with Gayle injured. The pressure from the fans has grown and you can tell it’s affecting the players.
    We’re supposed to have the best squad in the championship?I think we have very strong key players but when cirtain players are missing we soon become a average side.

  • reilly

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #30

    I can see wolly having the last laugh today.

  • Legolas

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #31

    Rafa Bingo:


    Yedlin Lascelles Clark Dummett

    Ritchie Shelvey Hayden Gouffran




  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #32

    Rafa bingo


    Yedlin Lascalles Clark Dummett

    Hayden Shelvey

    Ritchie Diame Gouff


    Just a copy and paste of one of the many who’ve gone for this team.

    3-0 to us.

    The bench:- Elliot Hanley Lazar Perez Sterry Mitrovic Barlazer. Although I wouldn’t be surprised to see Colback and Gayle coming back.

  • Vask

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #33

    Anyone see the post press conference artucle in the independent where they blatantly left out the start of his quote “I will not leave, I will not quit” ?

    Absolute confirmation of the tosh that people make up from spuriously reported and sourced information. Of course, people lap it up.

    I, for one, really couldn’t give a monkeys about all the speculated forthcoming doomsdaysaying. This is match day, what will be will be. Nee need t’shout for nowt, just for the team. Howay!

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #34

    Got to say im worried about today, for a few reasons
    1, Poor home form, we sit 7th if it was just home games.
    2, Team selections, im not sure what our formations are or who plays where, Goofy is actually our worst player, the only thing that hides this fact is his goals he scores, but hides in general play. i would play Lazzar or SHamy.
    3. Shteve coming back with a point to prove. It didnt work out for him here, but he has them playing well again

  • hibbit

    Feb 4, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #35

    ShirebrookToon you out there
    is it OK if i go to the match and enjoy it without any bad vibes today……………..LOL

    good luck toon army

  • YoungMagpieFromBurnley

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Team vs Derby. (Rafa bingo)



  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #37


    If you watch the third place play off for the AFCON tonight you should see Atzu playing.

    Good thing you didn’t pick him as a starter. 🙂

  • cyprus

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #38

    beIN sports guests, AP and Wise

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #39

    Raf really needs to send them out with firecrackers up their orifices and make sure they press Derby ALL of the game. That’s what will give Shelvey time to control the midfield.

    Apparently Hughes is out injured so that’s a bonus for us.

  • ron burgundy

    Feb 4, 2017 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Rafas foot is off the gas.


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