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Rafa Sweating On Players Coming In – It Doesn’t Look Good

With just over 9 hours to go in this window, Newcastle, as usual, are leaving things very late in this summer transfer window.

We are trying to sign 22-year-old Barcelona defender Marlon Santos on a season-long loan deal for a paltry €2M, but we don’t have a work permit for him yet.

The Mail is reporting that Marlon Santos is due for a work permit hearing today after Newcastle failed to get him one yesterday after initial inquiries.

This is basically incompetence coming from the Newcastle hierarchy.

Once again.

But at least it seems Santos is willing to come to Newcastle after being frozen out at the Nou Camp.

Rafa Benitez – cannot be happy with what’s happening

This is the kind of thing that happens when you leave things to the last minutes, and if at least two good players are not brought in today before 5:00pm – then Rafa will be fuming.

And rightly so.

It’s been a very poor transfer window for Rafa who cannot understand why Mike Ashley has basically refused to spend any of the club’s money.

Newcastle are making a £26M profit so far, and the club will not spend anything at all – in net terms – this summer.

Rafa is hopping at the very least for a left back and center-back to be brought in – so the best of luck on that.

We hope we can get two or three players in today but time is running out.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2018 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #1


    Soccer Saturday pundit Charlie Nicholas has picked the Magpies as one of the three teams he thinks will go down this year:

    Newcastle are right on the edge of it with what has been going there this summer. They did well to get the money they did for Aleksandar Mitrovic but they still can’t get quality in, although I do like Kennedy. The only thing keeping this club together is the relationship between the fans and Rafael Benitez, but I genuinely hope I’m wrong with fearing it could all fall apart.

    pretty fair appraisal of the club at the minute Rafa leaves armageddon is just round the corner

  • Markaccus

    Aug 9, 2018 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #2

    If Rondon and Muto turn out to be duds, then we will go down. We have no cutting edge. We scored 2 goals in pre season, against supposedly very weak opposition. Doesn’t matter if we are tight at the back or not, we can’t stay up with 19 draws and 19 1-0 defeats.

  • Mindshaft

    Aug 9, 2018 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Well we better enjoy the last season with Rafa , this whole window has been a joke with almost every team in the bottom half spending money and strengthening we’ve barely stood still . I think we might avoid relegation but we will be thereabouts
    It’s almost unbelievable that Rafa has been given none of the premiership cash to spend on transfers although with Ashley in charge it’s not surprising.

  • wynsleap

    Aug 9, 2018 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #4

    Let’s be honest here. There’s nothing coming in today.
    After 5pm there should be a concerted effort to get Ashley out beginning with the first game and going on until he is sickened and slings his hook.
    We must keep the pressure on him and his tacky brand each and every day in whatever way possible. Letters to the media, daily demos, more pressure from Chi Onwura and boycotts.
    Strong targeted intervention on behalf of the city and the club from the local press especially the Chronicle and the City Council wouldn’t go amiss either.
    We’ve already found out that he doesn’t like criticism and especially anything against his baby, Sports Direct, so let’s keep it up from now on. No sliding and we’ll have him.

  • Jib

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #5

    We would have stayed up with 34 draws
    last season
    Southampton stayed up with only 7 wins

  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #6

    This window is no better or worse than any under the Dark Lord, bang average.

    Only difference is, the writing is on the wall regarding Rafa, are fans going to stand now or wait until he’s gone?

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Mark Douglas

    Understand United are working on cut-price deals so #NUFC WILL end the transfer window with an eight-figure profit.

    Now the question is: Where’s the money gone?

  • newcs

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #8

    Have every penny the club generates he said……coont

  • SwissSte

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #9

    so Wolves are about to sign Dendoncker for £12m.

    Meanwhile we can’t afford anyone above £5m, with incomings of £123m, past instalments and a transfer profit of £25m.

    This is just mind boggling. Ppl might not be for Ashley, but turning up shows you are. Spamming his businesses with emails and tweets aren’t enough to oust him. Stopping giving him your money is. How hard is it to not go to a couple of games for the benefit of the long term future of the club?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Aug 9, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m starting to think Muto will play number 10. He seems very similar to Perez. People say he’s not a number ten and has never played there, but neither had Perez and Diame and we’ve been using them for two years. Maybe I should change my top scorer. What do people think our forward four will be? I can see Muto filling in RW, LW, AM, CF. He seems to be one of those players.

  • nufc 11

    Aug 9, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Club should just come out and say they are done for the day instead of torturing the fans. Can’t understand why so much energy has been wasted on a 4th/5th choice CB in Marlon. We are so short in other area’s its scary. Dummet and Yedlin are very very poor full backs. When shelvey is out injured we cant string 2 passes together in midfield, and we all saw how effective Joselu is at putting the ball in the net. Its worrying worrying times.


    Aug 9, 2018 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafa sweating on players coming in? I dont think so, he is a smart man & after being lied to by fatty he is just weighing up the time to walk so it hurts the fat man the most


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