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Rafa – We Have Long-Term Issues At Newcastle – Only Big Money Can Solve Them



Rafa Benitez has again addressed the transfer window and how Mike Ashley once again refused to spend any real money in the summer transfer window which is now closed.

We made a profit of £20M this summer, and Rafa takes the example of how he signed Joselu last year for £5M, but when you get a striker for £5M you also get the skills of a striker who costs £5M.

So maybe it’s not surprising the Spaniard only scored 4 goals last year although he did get off to a good start this season scoring after 18 minutes against Spurs.

Good for him.

Rafa has been criticized by some pundits this summer for complaining too much about Newcastle not getting the players signed that he wanted – and that was for the second summer running.

Pundits like Sam Allardyce, Richard Keys, Andy Gray, and Dennis Wise have stuck the dagger in and criticized Rafa in recent weeks.

Rafa Benitez – we have long-term issues at Newcastle

That’s what they tend to do to make the news and get noticed.

This is how Benitez has responded to that criticism as reported in the Chronicle today:

“It’s very simple if you want a striker that can score 25 goals and they’ll have to be quick, good in the air and have good mobility – you have to pay £50M.

“So we signed a player who we liked (Joselu) because he could give us competition up front.”

“The problem that we have at Newcastle United is that it is a long-term issue.”

“To fix this issue you have to spend big money.” “If not you have to be really lucky with the players you bring in.”

“Always when signing players you have to find the balance between experience and those who have to perform right now.”

“You have players that have time and you have to give them it.” “I’ll give a name – Isaac Hayden.”

“We bought a young player that could develop and grow then be an important player for us.”

“He is an important player for us, but he still has plenty of room for improvement.”

“It’s not like you try a player who is 30 and they can’t do it.”

“Sometimes you need players to give young players confidence and they need time to grow and improve.”

“When you try to create a squad that is strong enough for the future too you have to find this balance. That has been our idea.”

“Rondon has experience in the Premier League.” “Muto has experience out of the Premier League but both players can give us something different.”

“Rondon has mobility and is strong.” “He can head the ball and bring players into this game.”

“We were looking for mobility from a big man and we have that now.”

“We now have Joselu and him competing for this position. And we have Ayoze competing with Muto.”

“Muto is more dynamic and has more mobility.”

Excellent comments there from Rafa, aimed at an owner who doesn’t like to spend big money on players.

Rafa needs some significant funds to spend in a transfer window to get some top players in, and he hasn’t been given that in any one of the five transfer windows he’s had to suffer through under owner Mike Ashley.

As Rafa says – it’s a long-term issue at Newcastle that only big money will solve.

And we don’t think that can be solved as long as Mike Ashley is the owner of Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


238 comments so far

  • Just a fan

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #41

    I’ve been on many of the city walks.usually just the Wednesday evening ones.good value.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #42

    Just a fan

    The oldest standing is Crawford bridge, it even has it’s own Heritage plaque now.

    A lot of the ones in Gosforth have been moved or taken down as and when they built roads and housing estates. Crawford’s has never moved.

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  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #43

    OP

    * industry growing space? Let’s try industry growing apace!

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #44

    Lesh

    Newcastle definatley the first with electric street lighting, cragside house was done as a add on to the contract I believe, both were firsts.

    Not sure about traffic lights.

    We have a shit load of History most know nothing about, lots of it are showcased atm for to the great North exhibit. Worth a look.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #45

    Judge Igor Judge (retired).

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #46

    lesh, I think Lord Armstrong owned Jesmond Dene and gifted it to the City in his will. So yes, responsible not only for landscaping it but also making sure we can all enjoy it now.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #47

    Lesh

    Armstrong was a financier of the guy who invented the lightbulb ( I cant for the life of me think of his name but I refuse to Google it, no not Eddison that blokes a thief and nowt else) amongst others involved in the early Electric industry. He gave his money to inventers because he had no idea about the new technology.

    The reason the Plaque is at the Tanners is because the guy who won the card game used to live in that building.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #48

    Rob

    No Armstrong didn’t give the park in his will, he lost it in a game of cards!

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  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #49

    OP

    I was born and fetched up in South View West thus spent a lot if time in the parks or around what used to be known as the tip.

    North View was my first school then Middle Street followed by Manor Park – two years below Ed, an upper sixth prefect who had the respect of most kids – he was built like a brick chithouse!

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  • posada

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #50

    Just a take on Rafa’s comments.

    1) Strong and mobile forward. All the things Mitro was not. Has the mobility of Blackpool Tower. Although he does have some qualities.
    2) We are a young side and perhaps as a result we can struggle at times. Did we/I forget that. Yeh, probably. Did it explain some of Sat gone, yeh probably.
    3) You have to spend big. Well if Mitro is what you get for 27M too blinking true.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #51

    Joseph swans

    I’m working at the school named after him and I couldn’t rember his name, grrrrr

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  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #52

    OP

    The incandescant light bulb was invented by Joseph Swann or Thomas Edison in the USA. I think their creations were almost simultaneous.

    Swann’s workshop was in the Clarke Chapman site in Gateshead – if that’s still standing.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #53

    Lesh

    I went to Benfield because my mam worked at Manor park and no way I was going there

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #54

    OP, oops – bit of a difference, one implies he was a generous benefactor, the other that he was a bit of a pr!ck…

    :p

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  • posada

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #55

    On Kenedy. I’m not getting the tactics board out or giving examples. This is just a feeling I have from the Spurs game.
    Every time he got the ball he had three of their players at him. If they could not win it fairly they took turns to foul him. Clever, not enough to get booked for one foul and spreading the fouls round so as not to get done on tot up.
    Only ten outfield players. If they pounce on Kenedy with three they must leave space somewhere. However we do not seem able to exploit it.
    Consequently he feels a bit isolated. Gets frustrated and feels he has to beat 3 men with some brilliance every time he gets the ball.
    Same could be said of Ritchie as far as isolation goes. Some games he gets madder and madder.

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #56

    Lesh the best pint of bass near where was brung up
    was the Glendale.
    I’ve been racking my brains for the landlady’s name

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #57

    Lesh

    Edison stole everything, he ripped off Swann like he ripped everyone off.

    Tesla did all the heavy work of the electric industry but Edison is rembered because he was a good business man.

    Nikola Tesla is the greatest mind that ever lived, we in the modern age owe everything to him. Yet most haven’t heard of him because of Edison and JP Morgan.

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #58

    you was brung up

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #59

    So, if Kenedy can’t play against Chelsea, should Lobby get a run out? He showed during pre-season he could do a job.

    If Kenedy was to be banned vs Arsenal, he should have played vs Forest but now there’s no ban coming, I’m not sure he will any longer. That should be another chance for Longstaff. He should be rubbing his hands together hoping he can take the chance with both hands and get a run in the side.

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  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #60

    RobLeenio

    Armstrong was a very rich prick who did his best for peace. He’d be entertaining Russians and Japanese at Cragside to flog his armaments and ships.

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  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #61

    OP

    Forgot to say that Joseph Swan lived in what’s now Saltwell Park

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  • Bladey

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #62

    JIB
    Out of the viz
    TERRY F@@@WITT
    ASH OUT

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #63

    Rob

    It’s only the last ten years or so it’s been made knowledge, it was always told as if Armstrong was generous

    I always believed for years it was Armstrong, it wasn’t until the city started doing the Heritage plaques that the true story came out.

    Next time I walk past I’ll get the name, I should remember it but can’t think.

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  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #64

    Jib

    The Glendale used to be managed by Bob ???, who went to the Globe taking his cellar skills with him.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #65

    Lesh

    Aye, I rembered swann just before you posted.

    Im working at the Joseph Swann school atm, hangs head in shame.

    While since I’ve been in the park so couldn’t say

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #66

    The Glendale is now a fish shop

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  • Just a fan

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #67

    You might get a bass but not a pint

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  • Geordie-john

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #68

    Pundits like Sam Allardyce, Richard Keys, Andy Gray, and Dennis Wise have stuck the dagger in and criticized Rafa in recent weeks
    Allardyce, Typical get you out of trouble cheating manager with his dodgy tactics and tricks that he teaches players to do and get away with it. However, it doesn’t always work does it Sammy ? Gotta be the shortest England manager in history I think.
    Richard Keys, Andy Gray’s little side kick and arse licker. They were a terrible double act on sky sports. Yes Andy , No Andy. I agree Andy. I was over the moon the day they got the bullet for sexual harassment trying to implement their double act on a female co presenter while the cameras were still rolling, No doubt too busy looking at their reflections and didn’t see the red light on the camera.
    Dennis Wise , Mad eyes ? More like Cock eyed ! Ashley’s little personal arse licker stood by the side of Fat boy’s toilet waiting with his tongue hanging out ready to ask the question, Have I cleaned your arse properly Mike ? Will I give it another lick ?
    Are these in the same league as the Rafa ? Do they qualify to pass judgement on a bloke that has performed miracles while being shafted and lied too by GREEDY COCK-ney himself ?
    I THINK NOT !!!

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #69

    Just a fan

    In the last col years it’s been a chemist a Indians a chippy, I wonder what it’ll be next

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #70

    Strangely
    Whenever Lpool played at SJP
    That Saturday the Glendale was always rammed with scousers
    The word had gone around Merseyside that there was a decent
    pint to be had at the top of Shields road.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #71

    Good article in the Telegraph from Luke Edwards. No emotion (not much anyway) as that provokes debates. Just cold, hard facts about the Ashley years in response to Keys and Andy Gray, Dennis Wise and the rest of ’em.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/08/20/mike-ashley-numbers-dennis-wise-wrong-newcastles-current-state/

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #72

    Dennis Wise, Carlsberg does irony.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #73

    I’d like to know more about the £6million NUFC received for the land at Strawberry place.

    A lot more!

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  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Aug 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #74

    Posada @ 53. wouldn’t be at all surprised if Warnock devoted whole sessions to the art of disguised cynical tackling. Not suggesting he’d be the only manager to do that but it certainly manifests on the pitch.with Warnock teams.

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #75

    To be fair to fat Sam I saw the item
    on BEin sport that provoked the whole
    thing – Allardyce was talking about managers
    and their wish lists in general – the one he had
    a real pop at was Mourinho – who he claims has
    not the slightest idea of finances.
    At least you get the impression with Rafa that he
    has some sympathy with Charnley’s difficulties
    whatever the cause of them.

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 20, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #76

    op

    why are we paying 8.4 mill over the last 5 years to sports direct
    are we paying them for advertising

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #77

    I have to laugh at the £8.4m the club’s paid SD, it’s more than likely for warehouse space but jeez, you’re getting free ADS FFS.

    Cake and eat it.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #78

    Beer

    Great minds and that

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 20, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #79

    Jib, I think in the Summer after relegation Rafa and Charnley proved they can work together effectively to get their targets in and ship their unwanted players out. That was a revolutionary Summer with virtually a whole new squad bought.

    No reason why they couldn’t do it again, if given the free reign to get on with it.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #80

    Ashleys the sort of bloke to spill your pint and then ask you to get him one whilst it’s your round.

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