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Even Mike Ashley Can’t Stop The Rafalution At Newcastle

If Newcastle can keep winning more games than we lose, then there’s an opportunity that Newcastle can finish in the top ten and around the middle of the table.

And there’s even a chance we could creep up into 7th or 8th position, with the experience and skill of Rafa Benitez steering the Newcastle ship.

That comes as a surprise to most of us after what we witnessed in the summer transfer window, when we spent short of  £40M in gross fees on the six players we brought in.

We were even told by Rafa that we failed to get his top targets into the club.

But what we have pleasantly found out in the first month of the Premier League is that the players we brought in are not too bad.

Mike Ashley – Newcastle owner

Florian Lejeune and Mikel Merino look like two excellent deals we have made for two outstanding players.

And some of the players we already have at the club like Rob Elliot,  Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, Matt Ritchie, Isaac Hayden, DeAndre Yedlin, Chrisitan Atsu and others look like Premier League class players and have done well so far.

So much so that Elliot, Lascelles, Ritchie, and Atsu are in the top 40 of Sky Sports power ratings of players in the Premier League.

Mike Ashley – by all accounts – didn’t live up to his promise of giving Rafa every penny the club had.

Either that or our finances are in a lot worse shape than we think.

But to be fair to Ashley, we lost out on about £80M in funds in May to the mid-table clubs like Stoke and Bournemouth because we were in the second division last season.

So we didn’t have the money to go up against some PL clubs, but we should be able to do that next summer.

And while it seemed that Ashley was limiting Rafa Benitez, maybe not.

That’s because even the players the manager was able to bring in have been quickly molded into a (very) good team.

Rafa said he was signing the players he could buy – not the ones he wanted to buy.

So it will take just a little bit of good will and ambition from Ashley this summer to give Rafa a lot more money to spend on new players.

And by then, hopefully, we could even be a top half team in the Premier League and a draw for some good players who want to join the ongoing Rafalution at Newcastle.

If we finish in the top 10 this season, we could be well on our way to Rafa making Newcastle into a top team again – and probably sooner rather than later.

That has to be good, and maybe even Mike Ashley cannot stop Rafa achieving his (very) high ambitions for Newcastle United.

Hope so.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Sep 20, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Edd we didn’t have money what Championship clubs spent never mind the Pl clubs.
    And if Ashley wants to end the Rafalution then he can do at any time, Albeit he will have to forfeit a portion of his fortune to pay Rafa off.
    He gives no money to strengthen the squad and then says I will pay the bonuses if you win the Fa cup.
    That’s what your dealing with I’m afraid

  • pablos left foot

    Sep 20, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Hoping MA splashes some cash at Christmas, never mind next summer. 🙂

  • jazzyp

    Sep 20, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3


    Hope and Ashley don’t go together I’m afraid mate

  • optimistic prime

    Sep 20, 2017 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #4


    I hope you’re prepared for a 5000 word reply from Bobby me

  • hibbit

    Sep 20, 2017 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    optimistic prime

    not long now work in progress

  • expatmag

    Sep 20, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #6

    OP @ 4

    LOL…..I feel a lecture coming on…..

  • expatmag

    Sep 20, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #7

    I think Hibbit, JFA, Op, myself and probably a few others should stand in a line waiting for Headmaster Booby B to come along and cane us for verbal abuse of a minor namely Armstrong…..lol

    You go first JFA

  • IITianToon

    Sep 20, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #8

    Re Perez,

    Let’s not forget it was Perez robbing the ball off a midfielder that led to the invaluable opening goals against both West Ham and Stoke.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Sep 20, 2017 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #9

    Hibbit you keep the good work up while iam away bro would have gone to brighton game this week but no ticket so will try the new car out up otterburn over the weekend happy days for all our supporters one more win and ill be on a high when i fly out monday.

  • hibbit

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #10

    sorry mate but i actually like Arma up till he went to Coventry i had seen a lot of him and bobbies description of him till then was pretty accurate the kid look destine for great things
    i think the club have made a couple of poor decisions with the choice of loan clubs for him and the kid has gone backwards very quickly in my mind its areal shame

  • hibbit

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #11

    RUNAWAY777 what did you end up with ??????????

  • toonluvva

    Sep 20, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #12

    I must disagree with the statement that Mr Ashley cannot stop the Rafalution.

    He most certainly can! All it takes is for there to be no money made available to strengthen the squad in January, especially if we manage to get rid some of the surplus players. Each reader will have their own list in mind.

    If he doesn’t mess with Rafa in January, he has the whole of the next summer to pull out a few more tricks.

    He may not do it deliberately, but being Mr Ashley, it could happen anyway.

    Remember, that all Mr Ashley wants is to be paid the TV revenue to flog his SportsDirect merchandise. He is not really too bothered about the football other than to keep us above 18th place and below 7th. Too high and he will need to strengthen the squad for a European competition that he doesn’t fancy, and too low, another season of lower TV receipts which relegation (the 3rd under his ownership) will bring.

  • WLtoon

    Sep 20, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #13

    If we are comfortable come xmas there is far less chance of Ashley giving Rafa any money simply bcos he will think that we dont need to strengthen. The only way Fatman will give Benitez cash is if we are looking as though we may be relegated. That is a sad state of affairs at this club . These so called footie experts on tv dont seem to have a clue at how Ashley thinks and works. After 10 years under his ownership you would think they would know the score.

  • Bambams

    Sep 20, 2017 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t think ash will ever back a manager to the extent we would hope for.

  • mfw13

    Sep 21, 2017 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #15

    The simple truth is that there is a huge financial gap between the top 6 and the rest of the league, and Ashley may have correctly determined that there was no point in spending gobs of money just to try to finish 7th. As long as the squad is good enough to avoid relegation (which it is), there’s not a lot of point in spending $$$ unless to are going to spend huge amounts of $$$ to try and break into the top 6, which is something Ashley is clearly not prepared to do.


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