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With Cash Seemingly In Short Supply At Newcastle – Rafa Must Decide Who To Spend The Money On

It’s becoming clear that Newcastle just don’t have the money to compete with even mid-table clubs in the Premier League due to us missing out on most of last season’s Premier League money with Newcastle only getting a £40M parachute payment because we were down below.

We don’t know how much money Mike Ashley has made available to Rafa but the reason Newcastle have been more than a little thrifty this summer could be because of that lack of money and having no really  big players to sell like we had last year, when Rafa was allowed to use that money as transfer money, but we still made over £31M in profit.

Some outlets are suggesting we have no money because we spent so such on the new players last summer who got us promoted, but that’s simply not true when you make such a huge profit in the transfer window.

28 year-old  Benfica playmaker Andreas Samaris

So like Rafa had to do last year and managers always have to do to some extent will be to prioritize which players he spends the money on and there is a report in the Mirror  that Rafa is keen to sign the 28 year-old  Benfica playmaker Andreas Samaris from Benfica.

Looking back on some reports that were out in mid-June one headline was that Rafa is keen to sign Samaras – so it doesn’t seem we are moving quickly.

But it will soon come time to fish or cut bait and getting a couple of players through the door will definitely help with the momentum.

We read the Chronicle piece today on how their were so many players during the open training session that simply had no futures at Newcastle.

But we have to remember that Lee Charnley and Rafa Benitez did a very good job of moving people out last summer – but this summer we may see a lot of players moving out very late in the window.

Rafa will have to cull the first team squad way before that time and those who have absolute no future at the club like Henri Saivet,  Emmanuel Riviere, Grant Hanley, Daryl Murphy and others will be sent to train with the U23 squad sooner rather than later.

That could happen over the weekend, when Rafa announces which players will be going on the training camp to Dublin next week before the first friendly takes place against Hearts at Tynecastle on Friday night – 7:45 pm kickoff.

As for Samaras, we had bid around £14.5M for the Benfica playmaker turned down and the Portuguese club want the full £17.5M in his release clause so that deal could be wrapped up if we can offer say another couple of million – as long as Everton’s interest is not serious.

It’s important to bring players in and move players out at the same time and it looks like Karl Darlow could be moving out soon to either Middlesbrough or Reading – both clubs are very interested in him.

The Chronicle are suggesting today that Rafa will then use the money from Darlow’s transfer to pay Napoli want they want for Pepe Reina which is around £4M.

But that will give us a very experienced, savvy  Premier League goalkeeper with great leadership skills – and that seems to be what Rafa thinks Newcastle needs.

So be it.

But it would be good to get Samaras in and it seems obvious the newcastle manager thinks can do a good job on Tyneside.

Newcastle can still get the job done this time around but it looks like it will be slower than last summer and we still need lots of players moved out and at least another five first team players brought into the squad.

Comments welcome.

90 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #1


  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #2

    I’ll spare the repost Jib.

  • cyprus

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Didn’t Samaras play for Celtic or someone like that? This is another dude.

    Record will shortly be broken. Hold on.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #4

    What was the reason given for splitting the comments in to different pages again.

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #5


    From previous thread…… You’ll remember Ashley’s words…… Money gained from promotion….. will be available for transfers. The profit gained from last summer’s window will no doubt be going to offset the cost of relegation which Ashley was responsible for with his complete lack of ambition – vis McLaren and buying players without reference to him.

    Last summer was the first in years when a manager (Rafa) had control over spending and still Ashley wasn’t happy with some the older players he bought and blocked January spending (or failed to communicate the reasons why to Rafa). Rafa got us up – despite Ashley.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #6

    I see Sels Debut has gone well haha

  • Reilly

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed the best thing you could do to this blog is give posters the option to ignore other posters,it will sort out the wums and scumbags problem in a flash.

  • AncientC

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Snodgrass in reportedly available for transfer this summer… he may be worth looking at – if found wanting for better options. I would take Snodgrass over keeping Gouffran; although juggling the summer transfer budget makes things slightly more complicated than that.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #9


    Who’s rattled your cage mate

  • Belfast

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d be very disappointed if we sold Darlow. In my opinion Krul went to the dogs a couple of seasons ago and Elliott despite his Superman act in the last premier league campaign isn’t a good goalkeeper. Well definitely not good enough to be number 1 anyway.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #11


    Serious answer: To help with the upload time.

    Flippant response: To wind me up!

  • lesh

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #12


    You’re suggesting an option to filter out certain posters? Mmmm, but would the wums, troublemakers and googlemeisters be happy arguing among themselves? Probably. ?

  • stan anderson

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Just got to say it Andy is a true great. Not a great tennis fan but just watched some great entertainment.
    Give it time lads,i am sure the signings will come.
    Why would Rafa have joined us in the 1st place and why would he have stayed after relegation.
    He must believe in Ashley,s backing.
    But then again i dont trust the fat Barsteward one bit.
    Ashley OOT.

  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Of course we need to be patient, it’s just that we all say these same things every window and the majority end with little to nothing happening.

    Normally I get over it quickly but right now this squad is not PL ready. We signed championship level players to get us out of that league and are now stuck with them because we don’t seem to be pushing to get higher quality players.

    Who is our Right back now? Anita played there for most games, he is an average CM and poor RB and now we don’t even have him.

    I don’t believe any of the rumour websites because they rely on quantity over quality to make money so I presume they know nothing of what the club are actually doing.

    So, I once again, reluctantly, fall into the same old perennial transfer window trap of hoping there’s one coming soon…..

  • Belfast

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Well I’ve just complained about EastEnders being moved to BBC2 tonight Stan. Andy should have been moved instead.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Stan Anderson,
    I place Mike Ashley and Pol Pot on the same level of evilness, not as bad as some other evil dictators but definitely on the same standing as Pot, or Saloth Sar as he was first known. But as you say Rafa must have had some reassurances otherwise he wouldn’t have stayed, despite knowing club legend KK was also given assurances.

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Jul 7, 2017 at 8:42 PM
    Comment #59
    jib you talk shite.

    “I do think everyone at NUFC was caught unawares by the way the increased PL money has been a game changer”.
    the whole world knows transfers have went through the roof.Stay off the white cider.

    “I know you ain’t the most patient guy on the planet – you’d best go off on holiday for 5 weeks” .Hes a swansea supporter and dosnt give to fks about Newcastle.Go to bed.

    What the frig would you know who i support, i will do whatever and say whatever i like.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #18

    welsh me old mucker, is that you copying a copy of a repost of a repost???
    By whom?

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #19

    Look at previous post, i can’t be arsed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Welsh me auld Dutch plate,
    I can just imagine you going on holiday, a forty year old man with a fourteen year olds brain standing at your local bus stop, pissin down with rain, your elasticated denim cut offs, white socks and sandals and an old brown leather attache case before the little old lady that normally takes pity on you explain’s, this bus only takes oo to Merthyr not Majorca oo have to get to Cardiff first 😀

  • john tudor

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #21

    You’re suggesting an option to filter out certain posters? Mmmm, but would the wums, troublemakers and googlemeisters be happy arguing among themselves? Probably. ?
    excellent suggestion

  • welshgeordie9

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Jail you are so funny, bit like this transfer window.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #23

    Well no signings today. Hope there’s some movement over the weekend. Otherwise I’ll have to binge game of thrones to pass the time!

  • BenArfa the magician

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Lets all be patient and not worry, every season we have the same start to a window and end up signing great players and really building a strong squad said NO Newcastle fan ever (under MA). Its Deja vu all half decent players sell for shite loads now so we are left looking for average players with release clauses. When will the fat pr1ck learn?

    As we stand we have easily one of the weakest squads in the Prem and no doubt will be spanked right back down to where we came. If MA wants/needs us to stay in the Prem we have got to chuck a boat load of money at the squad. Hopefully Charnley is actually doing his fcuking job and trying to offload as much of the deadwood he can too so many poor players taking a hefty pay check when in reality no where near good enough.

  • Legolas

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Yawnnnnnnnnn. Oh my god.

  • southafricantoon

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Shortage of money ??

  • NorthCarolinaToonFan

    Jul 7, 2017 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #27

    gonufc – you don’t think Yedlin is our starting RB?

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #28

    Where do these bull rubbish story’s come from
    Ed if your gonna pinch stories off the web at least pinch the positive ones
    Don’t believe any of this rubbish about Newcastle been skint this window
    Think you s may all find we will spend a shed load of cash
    Newcastle just want the world to think there hard up so there not held to ransom like what will happen to Everton
    Mike Ashley is really clever
    I think we will spend over a 100 million this window and I will bet anyone who wants to differ this

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #29

    lesh – very interesting and amusing idea of the blog scumbags having the blog to themselves. Give ’em half an hour and they’d be tearing each others throats out, the abuse -filthy gutter language would know no bounds -the hissy fits and tantrums would be epic.
    We would hear no more – he’s a top poster, he knows his football he’s a top fan and other sycophantic drivel. We’d hear no more of the faux outrage from hypocrites and blog weaklings
    Pity it’s only a dream.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Mister tuff
    Thing that annoys people on this site is the clicky ness of some posters and how they suck up to other certain posters
    It’s like you s stroke each other’s ego s
    And of course you s are always right

  • calvinzolamakongo

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Wouldnt say we have the weakest team in the prem ,dont think many of the bottom half could feild a team of full internationals,and you also have to say half of our starting 11 lascelles shelvey perez yedlin hayden dummet are always improving coz they are still off prime age

  • BenArfa the magician

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Lee Ryder?Verified account @lee_ryder 1m1 minute ago
    Understand #nufc have an interest in Boro winger Adama Traore.

    Please be true unreal potential.

  • calvinzolamakongo

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #33

    Can add mitro to that list aswell

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Newcastle for me are struggling a little tho
    Attracting the right players.
    And of course we are always trying to get the best possible deal
    But I think perseverence will pay off
    Ashley will demand that Rafa and charnley look after his money and if that means waiting for good deals then so be it
    And maybe we are trying to get real quality players I mean there’s no point in bye ing players for the sake of it

  • Belfast

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #35

    He does look half decent, but I’m nearly sure he had no goals or assists for Boro last season.

  • BenArfa the magician

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #36


    Not the weakest team but in the bottom 5, From our starting 11 only Yedlin is an international, Midfield only Ritchie is. Yes we have International players but not a full team look at the teams in the bottom half of the Prem they have a fair share of internationals themselves.

  • Levi

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #37

    i few years ago i was a coach for Bournemouth in their youth development and I know coaching kids isnt like professional footballers however one thing that I will say is that its always a lot better when you know your squad. and i honestly think newcastles priority is as much about clearing out deadwood as it is signings. as boring as that is

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #38

    a mean who would pay 20 million for ake
    Or 75 million for lukaku
    Wouldn’t be me

  • BenArfa the magician

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #39


    He has all the pace and skill in the world but at the critical moment buggers it up very raw but surely Rafa has worked with similar to get the best out of them.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #40

    Think by Monday or tuesdau you will see a few more deals come on
    Think we will also break our transfer record
    I think Rafa is also running the rule over de Jong etc
    See if he can save himself some money that could be spent elsewhere


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