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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

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #41

    Goalkeeper is a critical position, and while Darlow is a first choice keeper, he’s not a top epl custodian at the moment, and first season back that’s exactly what we need. He lacks the control of his own area and doesn’t dominate the box or have the full confidence of his defence. He has the skills but not yet the force of personality, as opposed to Elliot who is a great understudy and Krul who is a proven epl number one. Darlow is a few years away from that, but we need it now, because consolidating our epl place is paramount. I expect Krul to start or a someone with even greater experience brought in to take the spot.

  • Belfast

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #42

    Aye from what I seen of him he looked a beast but no end product.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #43

    If the argumentative bloggers were filtered out, the blog could become very boring.

    Wums can be ignored, as can hypocrites and bad mouths.

    I’m not pointing the finger at anyone but even the worst offenders come out with some interesting comments at times.

    Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #44

    Maybe darlow will be involved in a player plus cash deal for traore
    Only concern with this deal if in fact it’s actually true is that I think he will be 2 seasons away from been a solid player
    At moment he is raw potential

  • Legolas

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #45


    @14 I am 100% sure Yedlin will play right back.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #46

    Mike Ashley

    Unfortunately the world of football has changed with the amount of money in the game, if you don’t spend money then expect nothing but relegation.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #47

    We need either a last post first option Kacper, or a return to a single thread, which worked just fine.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #48

    Our teen
    Ashley loves a bargain
    He owns sdirect ffs
    He loves nothing better than money well spent
    Believe he would of been so ffing annoyed a Leicester and there success
    As this was his vision
    But he will spend
    Rafa would not put up with it
    I think we just gonna have to trust them

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #49

    Rafa has created such a positive feel good factor at st James he wouldn’t risk all of it by not putting his hand in his pocket

  • ic0gcds00

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:45 PM

    Comment #50

    I can’t believe Rafa wants rid of Darlow,I think he has never been given credit for a great job.
    First he brings in sells who is mediocre,gives darlow job,plays well and drops him for last 2 games,disgraceful.
    He’s a young keeper and has been immense for us ,every keeper makes mistakes ,joe hart included,and I would rather have Darrow than hart,young and progressive against old and regressive,
    We need to keep darlow rafa.period

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #51

    Darlow is good keeper
    But I think we have better options
    And poor Elliot
    Had an amazing season then was injured and couldn’t get in till end of last season
    I think he wants a keeper that is vocal and our keepers are just not that type a keeper

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #52

    I think we will sign players from Real Madrid
    I just haven’t decided who yet
    But I believe he will have some pull there

  • sing in the corner

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #53

    Spot on! Unless we get a silly offer for Karl, he stays for me. 5 million is derisory.

  • toon kk

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #54

    Darlow was a good championship goalkeeper not premier league quality that’s why Rafa hasn’t held on to him.
    It’s all about preparing for the new season now I want to be more optimistic but we all know how Mashley works. We can only wait and see who is brought in.

  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #55

    Am sure am talking to myself lol
    Who cares this 3000 pound bottle of wine is going down lovely ?

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #56

    Darlow now equates to a few bob in Mr Tubbs piggy bank – looks like the end of him at SJP.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #57

    Well you can cash in on him, and in doing so pick up much needed transfer funds and at the same time let him further develop his career elsewhere for the benefit of both the player himself and the club that picks him up, or you can hold onto him and likely restrict his progress and career.


    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #58

    I seen some people complaining about us being linked to jota….but i dont know who they are expectin us to sign…we need creativity in number 10 position and across the frontline….but they also have to be cheap….who else could we get for 8-10m……not many! …i understand his quality can be questioned because where he’s been playing and tbh I haven’t seen him play so not bigging the lad up but realism about price and quality of player we can actually sign needs to be thought about….we are not chelsea,city.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #59

    I don’t believe this link. We have Perez and De Jong and this guy is surely not an upgrade and De Jong believes he will be given his chance to figure, if you accept what he’s been telling the press, and he did enough in Holland to have earned it.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #60

    ….in reference to Jota.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #61


    That argument of we aren’t Chelsea or city doesn’t wash mate, no one is expecting us to sign players for 40m plus. We are expecting us to sign a couple of real quality players above 15m and below 25m.

    I’d even take a quality player at 10m, Everton are spending big with the investor they have, Bournemouth have signed a promising player that did well for them on loan for 20m, we can’t even complete with them which is a big concern. Maybe Mike Ashley needs some realism, the league has changed so much as has the market. Bargain basement can work but needs a couple of quality signings to go with it, a couple of bigger fees

  • Our Toon

    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #62

    Anyway I’m off for the night, I’m not expecting any movement over the weekend as we seem to struggle with weekends, but next week is massive for us to make progress

  • AdoptedGeordie

    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #63

    This transfer window so far is bullshit. We are now a poorer club than it seems Bournemouth, West Ham, Stoke, West Brom, Watford, Crystal Palace, and on a par with Brighton and Huddersfield and Burnley. We are miles behind Southhampton, Everton and the usual top 6. Even if you only want to make money this is a foolish economic decision, we are risking relegation by our immediate rivals getting some of these players already bought. What the f is going on!!!! We will be in a relegation dog fight with burnley, Bournemouth, Swansea, Brighton, Huddersfield and one of the other mid table teams who will underperform, maybe west ham Stoke or westbrom. If fingers aren’t pulled out its gonna be squeaky bums all season or a rescue job in January and the end of the RAFA lotion at the end of next season

  • AdoptedGeordie

    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #64

    Maybe crystal palace as well


    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #65

    Our toon
    I just dont think there many players in the 15-25m bracket that are a goin to be drastically better then a 10m player….and willing to join us as well,i would love us to splash the cash but it maybe the case of signing a jota type player this season for 10m,then invest heavier when we are more established and have a bit more money to throw around next season or over next few windows.

  • AdoptedGeordie

    Jul 7, 2017 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #66

    3 teams get relegated and we are one in 6 clubs with the current playing staff that will be relegated Swansea, Huddersfield, Brighton, toon, burnley Bournemouth, palace ok that’s actually 7 clubs so I can’t count. 3/7 as a % is about 45% chance. This is madness get out your cheque book Ashley and face the fact that good premier league players are now worth 20million

  • Our Toon

    Jul 8, 2017 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #67


    Next season maybe to late to splash the cash as we could get relegated, if wolves can sign Neves for 18m then I’m sure rafa can pull a rabbit out of the hat if backed. The issue he’s not being backed

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jul 8, 2017 at 2:40 AM

    Comment #68

    Glad to see so much positivity about the coming season, I reckon we’ll be mid-table with the present squad but with new players coming in we could be top ten.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 8, 2017 at 2:42 AM

    Comment #69

    I would be happy with Snodgrass, Traore, and Jota. Jota especially as we need a number 10 most. Traore would be a good impact player, much like Atsu. But would Rafa want two impact players? I’m not too sure on this Portugese player, they always seem to be about £15-20m overpriced from that league. Every year Benfica sell some duds for 20-30m as do Porto and Sporting. Everton got Keane and Pickford for about £25 so I wouldn’t pay almost the same price for a guy who’s done well in a league that is way way below the championship (apart from 2-3 teams). We should loan Armstrong & Mitrovic to Portugal, they can score 10-30 goals then we can slap a £50m price tag on their heads.

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2017 at 3:11 AM

    Comment #70

    Teams from last season in the PL have a financial head start on us. 52k crowds on a level playing field would be greatly to our advantage, but the reality is the real money comes from Sky.
    So, we go into this season with less money and a squad that needs trimming as much as it needs improving. What would be Downright reckless would be to add and add to that squad, only to find out we can’t shift players on big wages and are stuck with them.
    Rafa’s done this in the past. He’s more aware than any of us as to what is required to have a well balanced and financially viable squad of players. Therefore the one in one out policy isn’t that we need to sell to raise the money for the next signing, but is more to do with making sure we don’t end up with a load of players who we can’t even fit in the first team squad, but still have to pay them big wages. It’s a balancing trick as much as anything. It needs to be done whether we as fans like it or not.
    This is Rafa’s project and he wants it to work. To make it work he has to act responsibly and tally the books. Which is what I believe he’s doing right now. This is what he asked for, which I personally believe is the reason he hasn’t complained.
    No arguing that a lot of it is Ashley’s fault, listening to the wrong people and giving muppets long expensive contracts we’re stuck with for now. It’s a mess Rafa knew about and believes he can fix, but he can’t do it overnight. We have to trust him and be patient.
    This season won’t be easy. Too many people expecting Rafa to perform miracles that simply can’t be done. He asked us to be patient right at the start, when he first signed on. We are not going to take the PL by storm. Those days are gone.
    Instead, he needs to establish us in the league this season and start to build the squad. His squad. He’ll then continue the build at a much quicker rate next season onwards.
    That’s how I see it anyway. Whether I’m right or wrong only time will tell, but it gives you something to talk about in the morning! 🙂
    As for the bizarre comments about my age the other day – getting old is a crime now apparently – FYI I reach the milestone age of 60 today. Maybe I should become oldgit2 from now on. 🙂

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 8, 2017 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #71

    Not sure how true this story is, if there is any truth it really shows a lack of faith in our keepers and given the failure of Sels last season, Rafa sees this as a major area to improve. All our keepers have flaws, but most clubs in the mid to lower parts of the Prem would be very happy with Krul, Darlow and Elliot as first or second choices.

    Seen as you name checked me with CIVO United, no such club exists anymore in Malawi. CIVO were relegated last season, but they are a government team (the CIV stands for Civil Servants) and as a different government team was promoted, the 2 clubs merged to create Civil Sporting Club.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 8, 2017 at 3:34 AM

    Comment #72

    Of course we need to clear the decks as well as bring in new players. But we don’t have the luxury of hoping some idiots will come take Rivière off our hands. The players who are most viable and able to make space are those on the fringes(Mitro, Mbemba, Colback) or those who are very good Championship players but don’t cut it in the step up (IMO Gayle, Hanley, Dummet, Goofy, Murphy etc).

    That still leaves us with players not up to it. The club messed up with the signings of players who we now can’t shift. Time to suck it up. Either release and accept the loss, or keep them around but still bring in upgrades. This, as much as anything else, will tell us our ambitions and whether the mentality at the top of the club has changed.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 8, 2017 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #73

    Happy birthday Bobby

  • Bobbybee

    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #74

    Cheers Lil. Not sure it’s still worth celebrating at my age mate – but I’ll let my arm be twisted all the same. 🙂
    Time I was in bed like, I know that much.
    Like I said, our situation with players we can’t shift is sadly self inflicted, but one we’re stuck with for now. I think Rafa realised that when he took over, so although he wanted early movement in, he also realises movement out is just as important for his project.
    There is no quick fix to this situation and there never was imo. It will take time and there’s no getting away from that, but with a world class manager at the helm I’m quietly confident he can do it eventually.
    Too many people wanting us to come straight up and challenge, like we did in the ’94/5 season, but that will never happen again with the money the established sides have got. And Ashley simply isn’t going to throw large amounts of cash at it.
    Hopefully there’s something in this sale tale, or investment offer, or whatever it is they’re working on. Another hundred million on top would give us a good boost! 🙂
    Anyway, I’m away to my bed. It’s four am over here and cricket will be starting before I know it. Hope your season lives up to your expectations over there with your lads. I suspect ours might be tough, but I’ve every confidence we can push on from here and the following season will be a whole lot better. But then, I’ve always been an optimistic sort. After 60 years of Newcastle, you’d think I’d know better wouldn’t you? G’night mate, the early morning crew won’t be far behind me clocking on. 🙂

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:15 AM

    Comment #75

    Well of course Lilo@72 is spot on. We are in a completely untenable situation brought about by by the disastrous/dishonest dealings of Charnley and Carr, exacerbated by the poor decisions of Benitez in last season’s transfer window and the seemingly ongoing indifference to our plight from Ashley. For all the cheerful optimism of the likes of Essex Bill and the cretinous ranting of the likes of Jib, it is becoming more obvious by the day that Ashley is not going to do an Everton-style bankroll job to “relegation proof” the team for this season. It’s going to be the Premier League on the smell of an oily rag and fingers crossed. One thing we know from bitter experience is that when it comes to owning a football club Ashley doesn’t learn from his mistakes. He habitually appoints the wrong people, and when reluctantly spends money it’s invariably poorly spent.

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #76

    I expect us to challenge for a top half place. We are a top 7 club in size, support and infrastructure, we have a top 6 manager, a billionaire owner and the bottom half of the league is bang ordinary. 10th isn’t being overly optimistic for our first season back.

  • one fine day

    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:43 AM

    Comment #77

    Just a thought here on the whole bas dost scenario…anyone recall when we were trying to bring in mitro a couple of years back?
    Was it sporting or Benfica who were also after him ?
    If sporting would you not think a deal with mitro plus cash may be the way to go ?
    Think the Portuguese league could be just what Mitrovich needs too so everyone’s a winner ?

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:51 AM

    Comment #78

    Whether celebrating or not, it’s always worth raising a glass to.

    I don’t think people are expecting a repeat of the KK promotion, but I think maybe there is an idea of where we should be that is over reaching this season. Personally, anywhere between 15th and 8th works for me this year. Unambitious, but solid, and a further building block to growth, if that is the direction our illustrious leader has decided upon. There is always going to be the worry a finish in that range will be exactly what our ‘power drinker’ owner sees as enough. Until we show ambition that would demonstrate a greater intention, then anything less than aiming for the clouds will be viewed skeptically. The club is reaping what it sowed on this front.

    Signings are needed, if we can’t shift the dead wood and surplus out, then the club will have to get on with it or risk a battle to stay up.

    If you look at our most selected first 11 from last season, you’d struggle to offer a strong argument for most/all of them regarding being much more than bottom 5 level. Ritchie on top form, Shelvey at his best. After those 2…… Rafa may be good defensively, but we didn’t dominate with chances regularly last season, and it is a big step up.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:57 AM

    Comment #79

    Support, infrastructure, manager, owner wealth, we are more than big enough to challenge. Sadly football doesn’t work like that. Outside of the top 7 or 8, the league isn’t much to write home about, but it is still a substantial amount better than the division below. On off field reasoning, we should have won at least a couple of trophies (cups/league) since the Prem began. The ga

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 8, 2017 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #80

    Support, infrastructure, manager, owner wealth, we are more than big enough to challenge. Sadly football doesn’t work like that. Outside of the top 7 or 8, the league isn’t much to write home about, but it is still a substantial amount better than the division below. On off field reasoning, we should have won at least a couple of trophies (cups/league) since the Prem began. The game is played on the field though, and our squad is not going yo strike fear into anyone in its current guise


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