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Rafa Wants This Position Strengthened As Newcastle Continue At A Snail’s Pace

The Chronicle are reporting today the one position Rafa wants to be strengthened as soon as possible is the striker position.

We bid £20M for Alassane Plea of Nice last week and it was turned down.

The reports were that we would go back in with an increased bid but it looks like we got cold feet and the second bid has yet to be tabled.

Tottenham are now in the race for the striker who wanted to join Rafa at Newcastle but we may have messed this one up.

And we are supposed to have gone back in for West Brom striker Salomon Rondon who would be cheaper than Plea at around £16.5M.

But at least on the outside, this looks like Newcastle are the same old Newcastle – slow and cumbersome without any real ambition.

Rafa Benitez – when will they ever learn?

And if it’s not this way then Lee Charnley should come out and say what’s really going on without naming the targets.

Once the Magpies’ transfer fee is not accepted they (Mike Ashley?) seem very unwilling to raise their bid by a few million to get their man.

You can never accuse Newcastle of being like the FBI – they hardly ever get their man.

And it will take a new owner for Newcastle to really change the way we do business.

But Rafa by his strength of personality and know-how is doing his very best to literally drag Newcastle (shouting and screaming) back into the big time of world club football.

But it shouldn’t be this difficult for our world-class manager – he should be getting much more help from the Newcastle hierarchy – not continuous pushback.

Newcastle will leave for Ireland on Wednesday for their training camp near Dublin and Rafa is hoping to get one (Kenedy) and maybe two (Rondon) signed up by then.

Newcastle will have to move fast to get their men – so it probably won’t happen.

Sorry to be so negative but realistic.

Better things may lie ahead.


Comments welcome.

55 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    That’s great Jail…and could you explain to everyone Joselu’s track record before be brought him in to get us the needed goals?

    …and while you’re at it how was Slimani doing before we brought him in and shipped Mitro out? I’m just going to look past the fact Slimani was injured when we signed him…

    What’s your excuse if Rondon comes here…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    We’re not really buying any players and we’re not really selling any players…

    …within there lies the problem! We have so many players we need to ship out but no one can afford them (or want to take them at our price)

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Whenever I have watched Rondon play he has looked a handful yes he has missed some good chances but all strikers do!

    What I like about him is aggression and willingness to put his body on the line to score its one of the things that lets Joselu down he seems to be too passive and won’t go in where it hurts for tap ins or goal scoring headers although he would probably miss them…..

    The amount of headed chances that Gayle missed last season as well you would have to fancy Rondon to be scoring them(or Mitrovic)


    Some early footage of him scoring a variety of goals in a much more attacking team than West Brom….

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Nothing will ever change at wore club till the fat man leaves same old story we won’t pay the rate am just surprised Rafa is still here

  • hibbit

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5


    think your thinking just a bit to much only one thing blocking progress at Nufc and thats Ashley

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    If Rafa walks we us fans have to get the fat man out

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    I think it’s also strange that we’ve not even got Mitro sold, never mind Merino.

    There must be some issue with those transfers, as Merino had a release clause that was met – why hasn’t he gone????

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Lee…we’re not actually an attacking team are we?

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    Let me take a dump and think about it.

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #10

    The dump was more exciting than the thought of Rondon leading our line.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11


    Actually 8th for chances created last season in the league!? But we only scored roughly from 8% of them so while we weren’t all out attacking we were pretty effective at times !

    Plenty of games we had lots of chances but couldn’t finish teams off

    I would like a better striker than Rondon but not really sure who else we can afford under Ashley’s restrictions!

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    I think we’ll get a better striker than Rondon, especially if we are getting Kenedy on loan.

    Quite simply, the agreement with Chelsea on Kenedy will determine how much cash is actually available for a striker. Top class strikers are not loaned to other teams…they are expensive cash buys. Developing strikers (e.g. Abraham) are loaned but typically at the end of the transfer window.

  • RobLeenio

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib from previous, ha ha that’s hilarious. Nearly got me in trouble when I read your response during a serious meeting at work. Serves me right for not paying attention….

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 9, 2018 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Maybe we are still looking to get Rashford on loan…..

    Man Utd are trying to sign Willian from Chelsea so with him Lukaku and Sanchez as the first choices is Rashford going to need to go out for some game time ?

  • Mister Tuff

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #15

    There is no way on earth that Rashford will be coming to SJP.

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16

    It did take NUFC a long time to complete Lejeune, who had a release clause – maybe it is the same for Merino

    Hopefully, we trying to do a swap deal with merino + cash for Willian Jose

  • Blofal

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #17
  • hibbit

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #18

    Mr Funk
    if that was possible it would be one sweet deal

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #19


    I think the fact that we seem to be pursuing loan signings is nothing less that Ashley doesn’t see Rafa being around next season and won’t sanction any major cap spend for him.

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20


    No need to apologise my friend for talking football. That’s what the wife’s about.

    My earlier post related to the politics prevailing in Newcastle United, which is a, errr, football club is it not?

    At least the thoughts I post are in the main, my own and not plagiarised!

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21

    On Rashford if he has to go out and get game time then surely we would be one of the teams at the front of the queue?!

    Not in top 6 so not competing with Man Utd currently for a league place.

    Working with a top quality manager , playing in a massive stadium so gets good experience of leading the line under that sort of pressure.

    Wants to play up front something which we could probably offer!

    Not that far fetched of course it would probably involve Ashley willing to pay his high wages

  • toon kk

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #22

    getoutwor @ 6
    How do you think we’ll be able to get MA out if Rafa walks?
    He’ll go when he’s ready not us.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #23

    bunga party, rondon was a lot slimmer and more mobile back then. jesper, i thought i heard poulsen was a second striker. it appears hes Another one of these defenders playing upfront. we really should convert a defender. poulsen actually was a defender in his youth.

  • toon kk

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #24

    It’s strange that people think things are going to change. We all know how the club is run by MA. New signings will come on a budget, and only on a budget providing there’s money available, quality isn’t a first priority, price comes first. We might be strengthened but if prices are correct at least 20 mil has to be spent on Kenedy just to stand still.
    Rafa has a hard job under the circumstances.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #25

    ive been really impressed with pavard the french right back. shame hes had a good as cup world as the big teams will be alerted.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Some good news for you (smileypoo (polished) emoji):-

    With 1 month to go to transfer deadline day, here’s what NUFC have previously spent in the last 30 days:

    2007: £16m
    2008: £15m
    2009: £0
    2010: £4m
    2011: £9m
    2012: £7m
    2013: £0
    2014: £7m
    2015: £12m
    2016: £22m
    2017: £5m

    (via Christ Hoult on twatter)

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #27

    When we signed Shearer for a then world record fee, he chose us over ManU. CUnder Ashley, we’re speculating on being at the front of the queue to borrow Rashford from ManU!

    Maybe we could borrow the owners of ManU, Citeh, Spurs or even Burnley and lend Ashley out?

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #28


    £97m over 11 last 30 days – an average of about £8.9m with a max of £22m.

    Can we look forward to another big splash as the window draws to a close or will it be yet another great window as far as Ashley’s concerned?

    We can but patiently wait and see.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #29

    Pretty sure i saw somewhere that French right back is off to Bayern for about 35m… to be fair hes had a good season of consistency in bundesliga, looks a real player!

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 9, 2018 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #30

    So where does the money go? And why haven’t we sold anyone? FFS the lads are off to Ireland on Wednesday!!!!!

  • lesh

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #31


    I believe that Ashley doesn’t want to spend on permanent incomers

    He’s reported to have said that there’s no budget for Rafa until he signs. He’s also reportedly said that Rafa can use monies generated (through sales?).

    If Ashley’s planning for Rafa being off at the end of the season, he’ll probably not want to spend big money so it follows he could drag the sale of Mitro, Merino, Ritchie, Mbemba et al out until the dying hours of the window.

    Halleluja paranoia!

  • jayphoto

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Really like Rondon, high level aggression and effort, hes essentially a 1 in 4 striker though (sadly thats an upgrade for us) but the way he brings people into play and holds up the ball should see space open up for the 3 playing behind him.
    Interested to see how it plays out as the Ki signing came from nowhere, Newcastle are so inhouse that they could easily just sign a striker that hasn’t been linked at all…
    Got a feeling they’ll do the deals for Kenedy on loan and Townesend, If our front 4 next season is Rondon, Kenedy, perez and Townesend with Shelvey and Diame/Ki behind, are fans pleased with that? Its a big upgrade to what we started last season with I think.
    Reckon we’ll sign a full back too…a left back surely is required as Dummett is the only one we have…

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #33

    That’s not what I asked you, you suggested that Rafa might bring Slimani back, I asked you why he would even consider it, what on earth has that got to do with Mitro or Joselu?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #34

    Snail’s pace? Please don’t insult the snail. We are not even moving.

  • jayphoto

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #35

    @Lesh – my guess is agents make these minimum release deals long winded, possible that the payment structures complicate things too..The Lejeune deal took so long because Newcastle wanted to pay the fee over the course of about 4 years (2m a year) whereas Eibar stated that the release clause was only enforceable if paid upfront…
    if Merinos off to Sociedad, pretty sure theyre not the wealthiest of sides so 10m up front for them probably isn’t straight forward, they’ve also been in the process of selling Odriozola for stupid money (great potential star) so my guess is they’ll complete Merino deal when the madrid money is in the bank?

  • jayphoto

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #36

    Imagine any chance of Slimani ever being a newcastle player went when he kicked that west brom fullback…that stuff is literally why Benitez shipped Mitrovic out. Slimanis very slow return from injury won’t have helped either as its probably a precursor to problems that will trouble him more frequently now hes headed towards later stage of his career… suggests he hasn’t trained or looked after himself as well as he could have in his younger years. (see Andy Carroll for the book on that)

  • jayphoto

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Reckon with Zidane gone, and Lopetegui in charge will see Rafa deal with Real Madrid again, wouldn’t surprise me to see us take Achraf Hakimi on loan, heavily linked in january but they kept him for cover, but they’ve just signed a new right back. Wouldn’t surprise me if we looked at Borja Mayoral or Martin Odegaard on loan either as Madrid will want to get all 3 of them out playing!

  • martoon

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #38
  • Mr Funk

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #39

    @ Hibbit

    Yeah it would be a sweet deal – probably would cost Merino + £20mil cash

  • Mr Funk

    Jul 9, 2018 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #40

    @ Jayphoto

    Hakimi would be a great option for RB. However, I have just read that there is a link to Dortmund, 2 year loan.


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