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The Reason Rafa May Want A Veteran Goalkeeper In For A Couple Of Years

It’s been a bit of a surprise that Rafa Benitez seems to be attempting to bring in a veteran goalkeeper to Newcastle this summer, maybe for a couple of years.

Most of us thought we were in good shape in the goalkeeping department with Karl Darlow, Rob Elliot and with veteran Newcastle number one goalkeeper Tim Krul returning from his loan spell at AZ Alkmaar and seemingly looking forward to fighting to regain his starting position in the Newcastle first team.

But that’s not what Rafa seems to be thinking and if he does manage to bring in either Pepe Reina from Napoli or Manchester City free agent Willy Caballero, you have to believe he will want them to start for Newcastle United next season.

Freddie Woodman in England’s colors

That’s essentially what he did last summer, when he brought in Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent, because both Rob Elliot and Tim Krul were still recovering from their very serious ACL injuries.

But while Matz started the pre-season friendlies and was in the first team at the start of last season, he eventually lost his place to Karl Darlow and doesn’t seem to have a future at the club.

Rafa mustn’t think that Darlow, Elliott or Krul are good enough for Newcastle, otherwise why would he be thinking of bringing a goalkeeper in their mid 30s to the northeast?

Rafa has had a good look at promising England 20 year-old U20 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman and maybe the thinks Freddie could be Newcastle’s number one in one or two years time?

Certainly the youngster has looked the part when he has played for Newcastle in the firts team during friendlies and Rafa would have had the first half of last season to look closely at him.

Rafa kept the youngster at Newcastle as cover until Rob Elliot was fully fit, before he was allowed to go out on loan to Kilmarnock, where the reports were very good about how he performed north of the border.

And Freddie has recently been the star player for the England U20 team in the U20 World Cup in South Korea.

We have reached the semi-finals of that competition for the first time since 1993, by beating Mexico 1-0 and Freddie outstanding form will hardly have gone unnoticed by the Newcastle manager.

So maybe Rafa’s thinking is that he sees Woodman as his long term goalkeeper at the club, but as he gets first team playing time out on loan for a year or two, he wants an experienced veteran between the sticks at Newcastle.

That’s maybe one possible reason why Rafa is thinking of bringing in a veteran goalkeeper to the club this summer.

What do you think about this?

Comments welcome.

43 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 6, 2017 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #1

    With missing out on semedo, looks like the usual window over the years when we miss out on targets who are quality. Snatched from under our nose. Like the window where lacazette was close to signing for us.

  • hibbit

    Jun 6, 2017 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #2

    give up with the party political broadcasts no one’s interested in your political leanings !!!

  • hibbit

    Jun 6, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #3

    has Semedo signed for this other club (villarreal) or is this just the agent playing funny buggers only him spouting nothing from Sporting Lisbon ??????

  • Belfast

    Jun 6, 2017 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d be very surprised if we signed a goalkeeper. I think we where only interested in one because teachers pet Pepe Reina was available.

  • kc2012

    Jun 6, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #5
  • JackBall

    Jun 6, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Not a big fan of developing a player for another team, but if he can help secure a mid table place to build upon, it is good business: allowing us to use money elsewhere now and later when he leaves. I however would in no way approve any requirement that he be assured a certain amount of game time as was reported was part of Chelsea’s demand. We are not Chelsea’s minor league club. I don’t think Rafa would go for that either, so probably not part of the deal. Could also be that Rafa feels he can convince of a transfer request if and when the time comes.

    Lastly, I don’t know why I am even commenting on this when I swore I would ignore all rumors until they were no longer a rumor. Please, let us have an early signing so we can see progress and remove the fear of inaction. This may be worse than sweating out every game knowing we had to win to finish top 2.

    Second lastly, not as convinced as some here that we need a complete overhaul to assure comfortable survival, but do know we need a solid 3 signings. Ironically, either way this one may go, don’t think it would be one of the three I think we need.


    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #7

    If semedo has gone to spain, it could be that Newcastle went for him..but if all the flanel about sell on clauses and sell fines are to be believe, nee wonder we moved after the french bloke and blew this transfer oot the water….the club,rafa and charnley wont give anymore then believe the deals worth….they wont be held over a barrel…they’ll just pick another player and move on.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #8

    it is disappointing if we lost out on semedo because of a sell on clause. 14million euros seems on the low side to not pursue it a bit more vigorously. Just hope it’s not another dele alli, eric dier, modric scenario when we’re seemingly quibbling over very small margins.

    Think we were going for lejeune as well as, not instead of Semedo

  • lesh

    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #9


    Your wish is my command.

  • Oldgit1

    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #10

    I feel the agent is taking the piss, I believe we have this guy signed up but only for 80% of the player, no idea who owns the other 20% but it could be the one thing we did not agree with. The agent was pissed that the club isolated him from the deal.
    I’m for moving on to the next player.

  • Belfast

    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Anybody know why a player (Semedo) with a rumoured 40 million release clause – according to the Sun is being sold for 14 million ?

  • Belfast

    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Semedo learnt his trade with the Sporting Lisbon academy – the same one that produced the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo.

    But he won’t come cheaply. He signed a new contract in March tying him to the club until 2022 with a release clause being set at £40million.


    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #13

    I think its coz sporting are skint thats why they want sell on clauses and as much as they can get now

  • cyprus

    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #14

    He may think they’re all not good enough, including Freddy.

    I too am surprised he’s looking for a keeper. That’s one position we’re very good at. Those people must feel like sxxxe.

    Then again, if he’s ruthless, he may try to step it up a notch. Not easy. Look at Sels. Look at Man City…

  • funguswatty

    Jun 6, 2017 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Trust the Gaffer Rafa is all I saying on this

  • Pitmatic

    Jun 6, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Not fussed if we miss out on Semedo. Never heard of him, but based on past experience, the chance of a big-money signing being any good is 50-50 at best, so I’d rather we got someone in that position with PL experience, or else a cheaper alternative from another league.

    Abraham is a bit weird. Reminds me of Rossi a few years ago; obvious potential, but maybe too raw to get significant game time. However, while there’s very little chance of the deal becoming permanent next summer, it could do further down the line. He will get zero opportunities at Chelsea unless he’s an absolute world-beater, so the link could prove fruitful in two or years. I’d still rather take Loftus-Cheek on loan though.

  • Jib

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #17

    Yoohoo Dickbeads the window isn’t open yet

  • Jib

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #18

    Dickbeads ha ha

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Jib Jibberish – when does the window open?

  • Jib

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #20

    Mr Tuff
    Besa mi culo

  • clinath@ed

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #21

    I always love the statistics “fastest growing” in anything. Two items (companies, products, sale etc..) one at 100 and the other at 1.
    Say The first grows by 10 and the second by 1, statistically the first grew by 10% and the second by 100%……but which is the better.

  • north east lincs toon

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #22

    If Semado was that good prem big boys would be going in with 20 mil plus van dyke 60 mil. Feeder club for shall we call them south pool peed of if I supported s’hampton. Barnetta must still holed up in that jesmond hotel. Think mbemba will be are best cb this season not suited to fizzy

  • Pootle2118

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #23

    HITC has us linked with an interest in Arsenal keeper David Ospina

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Jib Jibberish – you are a disgraceful uncouth and lowly fellow. I will decline your offer to kiss your buttocks.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #25

    It’s reasonable to think that both Mbemba and Mitrovic will be more involved this term. Last season we had to finish top 2, and so we needed more experience and maturity. This year there’ll be a little more influence on quality, and less pressure to grind out wins and they’ll have had an extra season to adjust and develop. Both good and both young.

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #26


  • Jib

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #27

    Mr Tuff
    Besa mi culo
    Anybody else have a mental image of Mr Tuff as
    Forest Gump
    Pronouncing it as Butt Ocks

  • Levi

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #28

    A quick question about tiotes contract. I know there was a lot of conflict yesterday about a comment made on the blog but will his family still receive his wages? Obviously I’m sure it’s the last thing on their mind and my condolences to them. I just hope his club do the right thing

  • jimmysmith

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #29

    I know in China they train really hard, twice a day, and are together almost all the time for canteen meals etc. It’s also seasonally hot and of course Beijing has incredible air pollution. The question of ongoing wages and compensation is a valid one. It’s a very different cultural mindset, and a far less sophisticated one in regards to the medical side of things you might well think.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jun 6, 2017 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #30

    I’m not a fan of Loftus cheek.
    I like David ospina though.
    So many links. I’m looking forward to seeing some signings rather than all this hot air. Hopefully we will see solid class signings rather than alternatives that fall short.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 6, 2017 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #31

    I wasn’t too keen on Semedo or Lejeunes. Being a good CD in Spain or Portugal doesn’t mean you will be good in the physical premier league. In fact I doubt anyone could name one Spanish or Portuguese centre back that’s adapted really well, or any players that have made their name in those leagues. Same goes for Italy. I’d rather play it safe and get someone like shawcross or Maguire.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 6, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #32

    Mike Williamson
    I wasn’t keen on semedo not because of physical reasons as he would beast the league if it was just based on that. He’s often out of position and only recovers because of his strength and speed. Lejuenes if you’ve seen him before and was aware of him is that he’s known for his physical nature hence the number of cards he’s received. If you’re worrying about psyocalk aspects of these players then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.

    Ricardo Carvalho was Portuguese right? First player that came to mind in seconds!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 6, 2017 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Psyocalk?? How is this an auto correction? Physical lol

  • GafferBenitez

    Jun 6, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Good evening fellow bloggers..

    I have been following the blog for many years now so its about time I join in myself.

    Thank you for everything you do for us Ed and I pray your treatment is going well.


    Jun 6, 2017 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Some more players to add to the list tonight…..helder costa from wolves,20m bid maybe on the cards,calum chambers on loan and andreas samaris…..dont know if this all paper flanel but there ya gan.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 6, 2017 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #36

    Also been linked with Ashley Young of Man Utd.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 7, 2017 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #37

    Ha ha ha when I saw Jibs last comment had two hearts i knew he’d done one of them and that welshie will have done the other, then waddya know…..I scroll down a few posts and there he is!


    When he jumps off your shoulder jib I’d take the opportunity to clean up the mess he’s left there if I were you 🙂

  • Jib

    Jun 7, 2017 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #38

    James from Real Madrid is my prediction

  • Pootle2118

    Jun 7, 2017 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #39

    Turkish media outlet Fotospur are claiming Besiktas chiefs are flying into Tyneside to discuss a £14M transfer of Mitrovic this week

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 7, 2017 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #40


    You are about as funny as Tim Vine.


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