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Rafa Already Has Some Tough Decisions He Must Make

News today that Newcastle winger Matt Ritchie is one of Stoke City’s top summer transfer targets this summer.

It would be a surprise if Rafa lets him go but he could if he can get both Kenedy in from Chelsea and Andros Townsend in from Crystal Palace.

That would mean two speedy players on both wings with Christian Atsu and Jacob Murphy pushing for a starting place.

Stoke manager Gary Rowett wants to sign good players so he can immediately challenge for promotion next season and Matt is a star in the Championship.

Matt Ritchie – we’d be sorry to see him leave

In Newcastle’s promotion season he played 48 games and had 16 goals and 9 assists and was one of our star players.

In fact he was our Player of the Season in the promotion year with 59% of the vote.

His former club Bournemouth are also interested in buying him, but Rafa will want at least one new winger brought in this summer before he will allow Ritchie to leave the club.

Newcastle are reported to be negotiating with Chelsea for Kenedy and with Crystal Palace for Townsend, so it’s all hands to the pump at the moment on the transfer front.

If Matt does leave Newcastle then a move to Bournemouth could be the best career move for him.

Matt could return to his former club an remain in the Premier League as a much better player, and we’re sure manager Eddie Howe would love to have him back.

He’s very popular at Newcastle and is a leading voice in the dressing room, and he’s been a fabulous acquisition for Newcastle.

Rafa is being forced into this wheeling and dealing because of the reported shortage of money at the club, and he has to find some way of ending up with a better squad than we had last season.

The positive thing is we have already signed two excellent players in Martin Dubravka, and Ki Sung-yueng and both are strong characters too.

In fact, it would not be too much of a surprise if it turns out to be a decent transfer window for us this summer.

There – I’ve said it!


What do you think?

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 3, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Southampton are looking to get rid of Bloufal and Carillo both of them signed for 24 and 19 million respectively! What a waste of money!!

    I think with Townsend and Kennedy we know what we are getting so they are worth the money Plea I am not so sure about though….

  • ArtyH

    Jul 3, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Until Rafa has signed his contract IMHO anyone renewing season tickets is not p!$$ wise, there I’ve said it!

  • jazzyp

    Jul 3, 2018 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Happy days ahead ladies and Gentlemen if all the incoming players pan out.
    Rafa working his magic once again

  • toon kk

    Jul 3, 2018 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #4

    Wtf are we even considering letting Ritchie go for? Maybe not a world class player but probably part of the backbone of our team.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jul 3, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    toon kk
    Possibly because we are nufc and nothing willchange as long as that fat greedy man owens us,they i said it.


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