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Rafa Explains How He Wants To Improve The Newcastle Team

Rafa Benitez is hoping that Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley will come through for him and sign four new players before the end of the transfer window.

Rafa seems to be happy with what his first team will be, but he is very keen to add some strength in depth to the squad in case of injuries during the season.

Including the pending transfer of Yoshinori Muto of Mainz later this week Newcastle have made a profit so far of around £24.5M so you cannot accuse Mike Ashley of giving Rafa much money to spend this summer.

Newcastle players training in Braga, Portugal

It’s nothing like the £40M plus what he can get from transferring players (which is currently £41M) – that was reported in the early summer.

Rafa has been given little money to spend by the owner.

This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“Every position is really important.”

“You need a couple of players in each position, and if they can perform they put the pressure on the other one.”

“That is also the only way to improve the team and it’s positive for everyone.”

“To lose (Florian) Lejeune was a big loss for us.”

“To have another player (in Fabian Schar) who is another option and can show quality on the ball is good.”

“He needs to settle down quickly in the Premier League and he can be a good addition.”

It seems that Schar will get a start tonight against SC Braga in our second last preseason friendly and the second friendly in Portugal.

We play Bundesliga club FC Augsburg on Saturday at St. James’ Park and in these two games, we should get a chance to see how the lads are playing.

Tue 17 July KO 7.45pmSt. Patrick’s Athletic
Won 2-0
Richmond Park Stadium, Dublin
Tue 24 July KO 7.45pmHull City
Drew 2-2
KCOM Stadium, Hull
Sat 28 July KO 8:00pmFC Porto
Drew 0-0
Estadio do Dragao, Porto
Wed 1 Aug KO 7:30pmSC BragaEstadio Municipal, Braga
Sat 4 Aug KO 3:00 pmFC AugsburgSt. James’ Park, Newcastle

The first league game is a week on Saturday at home to Spurs.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • SwissSte

    Aug 1, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #1

    There was an article in the Chron yesterday trying to excuse Ashley for putting no money forward, saying we get higher fees by accepted payment in installments and therefore £22m isn’t available to Ashley but whatever installment has been paid. By that logic, we should have other installments being paid from Sissoko and Gini. Apparently we still owe £25m (despite paying upfront in cool cash) and are owed £60m. So why isn’t it possible to pay transfer fees and offset it by the £60m, or even the TV revenue?!

  • geordietom

    Aug 1, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #2

    does my head in … Ashley can put £50million into House Of Fraser …why cant he give Rafa £50 million to buy players ffs … is he using the clubs money to fund his little folly’s ..bet you bottom dollar he is … a week left till the transfer window slams shut … splash the cash man ffs

  • posada

    Aug 1, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Stop trying to work it out.
    What’s the point.
    Paying by instalments and receiving instalments.
    All of these payments are guaranteed unless Fulham and Spurs go out of business.
    Very unlikely with the TV money.
    A billionaire owner should be able to absorb those ups and downs for NUFC.
    Otherwise what is the point of a billionaire owner.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 1, 2018 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #4

    What ever happened to the money from the biggest sponsership deal in our history that was signed last May with Fun88? Didn’t we get a new sleeve sponsor too wheres that money? And what about the good old Puma deal? who benefits the most from that SD or NUFC? Come on now, Adidas were paying more to sponsor us 15 years ago.

  • BeeGuy

    Aug 1, 2018 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Since MA gambles that he can get squeak by at the 15-17 position in the standings, he has to put money in the kitty so the club has the funds to bounce back from the Championship if the club gets relegated due to his miscalculation.


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