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Newcastle Boss Benitez Pleased With Display Last Night But Has This Problem At The Club

It seems Rafa Benitez was pleased with the overall display of the team last night when we had a comfortable 4-0 win over Bradford City at Valley Parade.

Newcastle was dominant in both halves but all the goals came in the second half when Newcastle looked really good.

Goals from Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and a brace from newcomer Jacob Murphy were enough to give us the comfortable win.

After the game, Rafa talked about the performance but he also talked about the big problem he and Lee Charnley still has at the club.

Rafa Benitez – pleased with Newcastle display and performance last night

This is what the gaffer said about the 4-0 win as reported in the Shields Gazette:

“It was good. We created some good situations and also defended quite well.”

“It was what we were trying to do, although there are still things we are trying to improve.”

“But at least you could see a team that were trying to do the movements that we were practising in the training sessions.” 

And Rafa also talked about the transfer market and the big problem he and Managing Director Lee Charnley have now – of moving out a number of our players who are no longer wanted at the club.

It’s a necessity to at least get a number of players off the wage bill to allow Rafa to bring in more players this summer.

This is what Rafa said about his current problem at the club as reported last night in the Shields Gazette:

“Every manager wants to sign more players. “And that is especially important when you are promoted from the Championship to the Premier League.”

“It’s maybe not the same when you’re already in the Premier League and you need three or four maximum. “When you are changing division, it’s more difficult and you have to bring more players.”

“But we have a problem, which is obvious, which is we already have too many players.” “We have to move players out if we want to move players in.”

“That’s something we have to manage between now and the end of the window.”

“It’s (the Merino deal) not quite done yet, but we’re working to try and finalise everything. I’m quite confident that we’ll do it.”

“Hopefully, it will get done and we will have a player with quality, who can help us in the middle of the park.”

Merino will be our fifth signing of the summer and maybe we will get in a goalkeeper, striker, winger and another central midfielder before all the incoming transfer business is completed at the club for this summer.

And as Rafa says we still have a lot of outgoing transfer business still to compete in the final five weeks of the summer transfer window.

This transfer window could be even more hectic than it was last summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Klatoon

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Merino potentially offers us the elegance and physical presence all rolled into one that we have lacked for a long long time. I remember thinking Amdy Faye would give us that…what was I smoking ???

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #2

    More like what was Sourness smoking.

  • scout

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #3

    He certainly looks a class act

  • one fine day

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d say sourness was smoking the same as he was when he brought that lad on at Southampton when he was managing them.
    Was he meant to tony yeboahs brother?
    Possibly scouting that made even Denis wise look slightly capable .

  • kc2012

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Batshuayi following random Newcastle players on Twitter over the last few Days is massively encouraging so I really Hope we can get him in. We are 9/2 favourites now ahead of Everton who are 9/1 but he’s odds on to stay at Chelsea permanently at 2/7. Fingers crossed. The lads are looking decent so far and Jacob Murphy looks the real deal.

  • DaraghL

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    one fine day – I think he arranged a fake recommendation from Yeboah

  • one fine day

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    The era of sourness and his “proper players ” has the charm of a mass grave .

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    He was allegedly George Weah’s relative.

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    The Mag suggesting that NUFC want to shift Rivière, Krul, Lazaar, Saivet, Hanley, Haidara and Darlow.

  • Klatoon

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #10

    And a leftie in the centre of the park is always a joy to watch…unless hes Colback.

  • kc2012

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #11

    Ali Dia was Souness’s work aswell. Got a call from George Weah apparently, signed him for Southampton without seeing him play, made his debut and fell over his laces a few times and the rest is history….Sure he once played for Gateshead aswell.

  • one fine day

    Jul 27, 2017 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #12

    We can but hope.
    Funny but anyone else feel this way?
    I am beginning to really F@cking hate Everton and west ham ….even more than chelski and citeh ….never would have said that a few years back .
    But seems every player we are linked with the hammers step in and splash cash they should not rightly have to take the player
    And as for Everton …. Well it’s just jealousy that they are throwing money around like a drunken sailor with a months pay and 3 days ashore which has blown the market so mental that very ordinary players will go for 20 mil plus


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