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If Rafa To Build Top Team – He Must Use Loans To Maximum Advantage

If Rafa Benitez is to build a top Newcastle team this summer, he will have to use the loan market effectively.

Newcastle did that quite brilliantly in January when we brought in Robert Kenedy, Martin Dubravka and Islam Slimani on loan.

The first two became two of Newcastle’s very best players through the end of the season and helped us survive in the Premier League.

Islam Slimani was signed at the last minute and was injured and it just didn’t work out.

Something hopefully that owner Mike Ashley learns from – players should be signed as early as possible in the transfer window.

Rafa Benitez – busy transfer window for the boss

Rafa has already signed goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to a permanent deal and would love to get Kenedy signed (loan or permanent) for next season.

Newcastle can take only two Premier League players on loan at any one time and only one from another Premier League club.

But we can also bring in players from the continent up to a maximum of four players on loan.

It worked really well this year with Dubravka and Kenedy, and if Newcastle are going to attempt to break into the top six this season, Rafa will have to do some excellent recruitment of loan players.

That’s in addition to bringing in some top players permanently.

The transfer funds Rafa will get this summer have been reported in the Chronicle be around £50M plus anything he can get from transferring players such as Aleksandar Mitrovic, Chancel Mbemba, Matz Sels, Jack Colback, Rolando Aarons and Henri Saivet.

Rafa has lots of contacts with some of the big clubs, and he will be hoping to get top loan players for the next few seasons as Newcastle attempt to become a top side in Europe under his leadership.

And it doesn’t take a lot of players to make the difference – as we saw last January.

So just think if we can get Kenedy and Marcus Rashford on loan for the season.


Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Lesh, we’ve had Slimani, now Salomon, Charnley’s getting closer to Ashley’s favourite sandwich order all the time. Maybe Rafa’s trying to pull the wool over Ashley’s eyes – sign off on £16m for Salami, you’ll be in hog heaven for the rest of your days. What do you mean you can’t find your glasses? Yes, it definitely says Salami, why would I lie?

  • G

    Jun 11, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Just had another look at the released list. Strange that each and every player whom had put a case against Beardsley has been released. I really liked the look of young Mackenzie Heaney. The lad looked the part, and really hope he’s one that doesn’t bite us on the backside in future.

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Misuse of the pronoun in the objective case (whom)
    However I don’t find it strange
    If the academy is to virtually start from scratch
    anyone with a connection to the problems has to go.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Jib, I agree – those who are most likely to have a complaint are also likely to be those who have performed less well or not been seen to have the right qualities to remain in the academy.

    Just because Beardsley has allegedly handled things poorly and behaved badly doesn’t mean he was wrong to single these players out for criticism in the first place.

  • JohnJ

    Jun 11, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5

    Jib @ 3

    So that means Peter Beardsley as well then!

  • JohnJ

    Jun 11, 2018 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Very sad to learn that our former captain Stan Anderson passed away yesterday. He was one of the classiest players ever to play for Newcastle United 🙁

  • lochinvar

    Jun 11, 2018 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Rondon is a non starter.
    Better with DaDooDooRon from the Crystals Palace.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 11, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Hacks are a pain.
    They’re just working their way through lists of players who probably want out of clubs who’ve had failed seasons. Shaquiri from Stoke, Rondon from WBA, Slimani from Leicester etc etc
    It’s as boring as it’s predictable. .

  • Bambams

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I am a little concerned that this window will be like the usual ones. Last minute panic buys.

    Possibly worse, sell Lascelles, Lejeune, Perez…etc AND then do panic buys.

    Hopefully Ash will listen to Rafa this time……

  • lesh

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #10


    You mention Salami and I thought for a Brie(f) moment your were suggesting that Mikey boy might be amenable to signing food soundalikes! That takes the biscuit! If we sign anyone I’ll be from Tesco’s discard skips!

  • barkel

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #11


    – I think Sergio Biscuits from Barca could do a job in the middle for us

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #12

    You don’t just release young players because they were involved in controversy. It looks like a cover up although I haven’t been following the case.
    Have any conclusions been made? If so the club should make a statement and either give Beardsley a vote of confidence or else give him a job in pr on match days or something! I wouldn’t sack him although I think his record as a coach bringing kids through is pathetic !

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    RIP Stan Anderson! Quality player for us in a rather ordinary era!

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #14

    If we can get £10 – 15 million for Perez I would snap there hands off and put it down as a deposit on Kenedy!

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Biscuits would be a great signing – far better than your normal bread-and-butter rubbish. I wonder if we could persuade Sarnie Hyppia out of retirement? Think he’d get on well with Matt Richtea

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16

    It looks like a cover up although I haven’t been following the case.

    Dear Lord – if you haven’t been following the case why offer an opinion ?

    Beardsley is suspended for 5 months

    He’s done well to get his lawyers involved.
    These kangaroo courts tend to behave as
    if being seen to do todays PC thing is all
    that matters.
    It’s mans’ reputation at stake here
    with his lawyers involvement he can
    go to court and rely on the legal system.

  • RobLeenio

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Looks like Josh Murphy’s on his way to Cardiff to sign for Warnock. Can’t imagine he’d choose them over us, Rafa and his brother any day of the week, so we mustn’t have been in for him. Will be interesting to see how he and Jacob face off against each other next season, if they have the opportunity.

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Unfortunately you don’t seem to get such good food in the PL these days
    Patrick Berger Barry Venison with Pat Rice and Tony Currie
    Those were the days

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #19

    I know Beardsley has his lawyers on the case but to my knowledge there’s no decision yet! Is that incorrect or has he been exonerated! Please enlighten me oh wise one! What is the latest? I must have missed the judgement!

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #20

    suspension for 5 months
    it’s clear there’s no way back for him
    whatever the outcome
    he’s just fighting for his good name now

  • Jib

    Jun 11, 2018 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #21

    He was put on gardening leave in January
    He is now suspended
    Farleys have warned off the media from speculating
    Folk on here would be well advised to do the same

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Presumably he was suspended pending a judgement! If he’s fighting for his good name and he is exonerated then they will have to reinstate him.
    At a risk of another bollocking from you Jib, my opinion is that PB is “old school” and these snowflakes can’t take it when told off. Probably, PB hasn’t had modern training! That’s just an opinion by the way! 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #23

    Press haven’t had a clue with newcastle transfers since Ashley bought the club, they are very inhouse and discreet.. Saw us linked to 40m Jack Butland couple days back…whoever wrote that has no prior knowledge to Mike Ashleys newcastle united…
    One thing thats not been in doubt, is under Rafa, the players coming in are his choice (might not be 1st choice like) so my guess is IF we spend any serious money it’ll be someone from where Rafas contacts run strong, ie Spain,holland, Argentina or brazil.

  • Moonraker15

    Jun 11, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #24

    If we’re gonna stop speculating on this blog then Ed may as well shut it down. That is what this blog does!


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