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Newcastle Must Sign At Least Two Class Players For Big Money This Summer

There’s a report in the Express today that says that Rafa may try to take some players from Real Madrid and indeed we have been linked with one of their players so far this summer.

We’ve been linked with goalkeeper Kiko Casilla who Rafa signed for Madrid back in the summer of 2015.

The Express are quoting journalist Pete Jenson, who says he thinks Rafa could well use his contracts at the famous Madrid club, and indeed we need some class players brought in to add to the five we have already transferred in for a net of only £4.5M.

Rafa Benitez – wants more class in Newcastle side

Jenson had this to 5 Live’s Football Daily podcast:

“I think it’s one of a few Spaniards who might turn up at Newcastle.”

“There is overbooking at Real Madrid and Rafa Benitez does know the club very well.”

“I think winger Lucas Vazquez is another he might look at and that’s one of the advantages of taking Rafa as their manager.”

“He has that vast experience of European football and having been recently at Real Madrid, I think not just Spanish players but Madrid players.”

“That may be a way Newcastle can build this season.”

We’ve watched Vazquez quite a bit, and he looks a very decent player although he doesn’t get much playing time for Real.

And if Kylian Mbappe completes a move from Monaco to Real Madrid for some big money maybe he will become available, and we could take him on loan with an option to buy?

Newcastle are delicately balanced right now because we have five good players but we need at least two class players who will, therefore, be relatively expensive.

But we must spend the money available this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • Steve Le Sleeve

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t know why we don’t look at Ajax more. The only player we bought off them was distinctly average, albeit solid and reliable, but this year we should’ve been looking at Riederwald (who went to Palace) and Dolberg is a striker to watch in the coming years.

  • giimps

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #2

    You can just hear Ashley’s brain ticking over…..we need to keep the money to pay the wages next season if we go down again through not spending the money.
    Job done

  • kilcline

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #3

    Dolberg is the next Kane

  • giimps

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #4

    If we spend the money on decent players, we’ll be able to sell them to pay the wages if we do go down……..decisions decisions……PENFOLD, bring me a coin, you know I don’t carry cash ,if it’s good enough for lizzy it’s good enough for me

  • toon kk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #5

    We need quality signings through the door, everyone who is honest with themselves knows we haven’t enough for the premier league campaign. Hope Rafa works his magic.

  • jazzyp

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #6

    We didn’t play well, we lost, but I’m not about to lose my optimism over that. A friendly is a friendly. On to the next against Wolfsburg.

    Rafa I’m sure will know what is needed and these friendlies have probably confirmed that. Again nobody truly knows our transfer budget, So hopefully Rafa is saving the best till last

  • giimps

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Didn’t realize the hearts are back on guys

  • Ron Knee

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #8


    You’re right!

  • Shot Bru

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Reckon Rafa might be considering Freddie as his no 1 keeper this season

  • Olivers Toon

    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Didnt watch the match as I was at work (boooo) but looking at the starting lineup it appears Rafa was hoping to give people more minutes and more chances to impress him. Lets face it, Colback and Diame will not be our starting midfield pairing against Spurs! We can all agree on that 100%. I like De Jong but I do think that with him and Mitro up front we lack pace.
    I’m pleased with how we are going and i’m confident there will be 1 or 2 more signings to come. Its gonna be a tough season and our aim is only to stay up and then build. I think there are worst teams than us. Watford don’t look great, Swansea will likely struggle again, particularly with the Siggy drama. I dont think West Ham, Stoke or West Brom look any better than us. I actually think Huddesfield will stay up but Brighton might struggle.
    Looking forward to the new season.
    P.s What Newcastle players have people picked for their Fantasy football squad??!!

  • West Lancs Geordie

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #11

    You’re right Toon KK. We have a net spend to date of £4.5M. I thought Rafa had been made £100M available to him. He’s funded nearly all buys so far from sales. Why are we looking at more goalkeepers & wingers ? We are awash with them.We need a recognised goalscorer. Bas Dost even if we have to shell out £40-50Million? I know prices have become ridiculous this year & Rafa appreciates it but if we can spend £8-10 M for players who haven’t played in the Premiership yet & Everton can pay £6M for a 17 year old defender who hasn’t come anywhere near our first team then what is the true value of a free scoring centre forward. £25M for McCarthy (Everton) is ridiculous. We need the spine strengthening if we are to be a mid table side.

  • magspuggy

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #12

    With sdj getting more time can we expect him to be a starter more often than not.

    If he can stay fit he is a talented player and dare i say it ” like a new signing”

    I dont think its going to work with him and mitro but can see him and gayle scoring a lot of goals together.

  • toon kk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #13

    Mitrovic does not score enough for our lone striker, never could never will. Move him on and throw Diame in for free.
    Getting rid of colback will save us probably 10 points over the course of the season through his fouls in dangerous areas.

  • chicousa

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #14

    Ivan Toney, hat-trick for under-23’s today! We may have a quality striker right on our back porch!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #15

    It’s good to have one of these games – it shows our weak spots and worries!

    We need at few quality signings in key positions….and definitely an alternative to Shelvey!

  • chicousa

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Agree we need someone to challenge / backup Shelvey. I hope we are still looking at “Allan” from Napoli.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #17

    chicousa…that Allan fella does sound interesting mate

    …I would take Delph as well

  • chicousa

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Delph would do nicely and 14M£ is not too much in this insane market.

  • Readingmag

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #19

    howay, Who was the lad on the right midfield today …sorry signal was that not great .. He looked a very good…short lad, skills and pace to burn ? Its a friendly no stress we have Rafa

  • magspuggy

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Is merino going to be cover for jonjo or a new cdm ?? Rafa gave him a run out today at cb but i read nowt into that other than to get him match fit.

    Mitro will score more goals when we play to his style of play he does hold the ball up well the way we set out last year but with our pace added on the wings i expect more from him this season.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Delph will definitely be well worth it…if he does what’s expected of him he’ll just be worth alot more than his current price tag!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #22

    Is Merino a Shelvey kind of player? Haven’t seen much of him…he’s just one of those talent you hear about but never know if he’ll make it!

  • chicousa

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #23

    I think Merino is cover at DM, but also can play LB and CB. That is only from what I’ve read, can’t say I’ve seen him play except in highlights video…

  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Are we reading to much into friendlies? It’s a run around and important to build fitness some ppl need to relax.

    If our CFs don’t score 1 game the blog goes up in arms, most important thing today is that players got good minutes under there belts and no injuries from what I hear. That’s all I expect from friendlies

  • magspuggy

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #25

    At first i thought he was a cdm but wonder if he can play as a left mid.

    I dont know enough about him to be sure

  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #26


    Merino can play as box to box midfielder, or DM or CB. He can also cover for Shelvey if needed. The lad is a very good player, hopefully he settles in quick

  • magspuggy

    Jul 29, 2017 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Young spanish and brought to the prem by rafa

    Google has him as a cm cdm or left back
    I wonder where he will spend most of his time playing for us..

    Long passing is not listed amonst his stats so i doubt he will cover jonjo often.

  • toon kk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #28

    Atm our main goal threat is Gayle, as soon as he picks up a injury we have no one who is so prolific , every player is capable of scoring but not a direct threat.
    I hope we have enough money for a main striker with Gayle as good back up.
    Tbh I’m not keen on Rafa’s back and sideways style of football but we’ll have to get used to it I suppose, with our pace we shouldn’t need to.

  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #29


    He has good passing range but I don’t think Shelvey Hollywood balls come off as often as he wants them to

  • Our Toon

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #30

    Toon kk

    I think it’s more about the quality of players we have that maybe aren’t good enough to carry out rafa’s instructions to a tee. As we get better quality in the back and sideways passing will become better.

    Patience is the key this season, it won’t all be smooth asking but important to stay behind the players, as for Gayle being prolific, yes in championship but hopefully he can step up in PL

  • nufc 11

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Feiliani from utd would be an upgrade on mitrovic if we could do it he’d enjoy been the top man nufc.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #32

    hair bear hell no

  • toon kk

    Jul 29, 2017 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Our toon
    I can’t argue with you there, Rafa was often baffled himself what was going on in some games last season, but like you say it’s down to the quality of our players that can’t really preform to Rafa’s style, so they hit a brick wall then back and sideways takes over. As for Gayle he is good back up and there’s no garentees of the amount of goals he’ll score. There is time yet for new players, I’m sure Rafa knows our weaknesses.

  • Colombus

    Jul 29, 2017 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #34

    Allan looks really exciting, but I fear it’s only a matter of time before we hear he’s gonna cost twice the price mentioned at 10 mill…. If we don’t get Allan I think Matias Kranevitter would be an awesome option. I also think that to have Paul Dummett as first choice at left back just doesn,t cut it. I would bring in Jonny Castro from Celta Vigo and believe he would be brilliant in the prem. As a striker I think we should look at Lucas Perez. He’s hungry and excactly what we need to compete with Gayle up top.

  • magspuggy

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #35

    Our toon

    Hes young enough to learn lets hope jonjo can teach him how to improve that part of his game.

    We need cover for shelvey, gayle,elliot,

    Rafa wants a keeper hes said so often enough.

    I wonder if gamez gets another season in the squad again or he goes coaching.

  • ThirdStripeBlack

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #36

    Everybody put a gold coin donation into an envelope, send it to the club with a note ‘We want Bad Toast!’

  • beermonkey

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Lol that might raise enough for a few weeks wages

  • jimmysmith

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Losing in pre season and even in the early league fixtures while the window is open at least has the advantage of lighting a fire under Ashley and Charnley. Ashley will want a good competitive side. No way will he want to take unnecessary risks that might lead to another relegation.

    Against that you really can’t throw money at it first season back, because there always is a the chance you’ll be relegated, and you can’t afford to be lumbered with expensive signings and big long contracts.

    You need to take a calculated approach to spending, but losses let you know you aren’t there yet. Still two or three good players needed, and Ashley and Charnley will be getting that message.

  • lochinvar

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #39

    See Celtic reserves managed a 5-0 win at that place down the road.

  • hellodjo

    Jul 29, 2017 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Lots of reports linking us with Lucas Vasquez, another winger? Not sure we need him though of course he’s far superior to what we have, still looking to replace Ritchie when we desperately need a CF, DM and LB??? Very strange


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