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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

  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #201

    zimmer frames at 5 paces
    over a game of fives and threes

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #202

    Free trade has the best bogs in the toon, Graffiti from when Hadrian was a lad.

    There’s many a poet took a piss in there.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #203

    Top football club Liverpool. Assets on the pitch and all about winning football matches.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #204

    Jib

    Do you know which musician was brought up on the same street as the Meldon, thought you’d mention it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #205

    catchy,
    It was very easy to have hindsight regarding Steve McLaren, he was/is a poor manager who should have never have been here. Like a, but not as good as Dunlop or Lonsdale he was a flagging brand bought on the cheap. Just one of the reasons he shouldn’t have been here is that he didn’t want to be here in the first place. We had to actually wait until he bombed at a Championship club before he took the job he didn’t want. He wasn’t poor because of Ashley he was just poor although he definitely wasn’t helped from day one when he was wheeled about like a mannequin being told who he could and couldn’t speak to. Having Colocinni extended against his wishes and inheriting a squad of mercenary has beens who the majority didn’t give a foot about the club didn’t help his cause much either mind.
    As for another top manager coming in after Rafa considering the tyre previous were Mcardew, I think you’re best off just waiting to see on that one. We don’t want you disappearing for six months when Stuart Pearce comes in.

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  • TyneMouth

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #206

    I always thought that there was some very strange place names in and around Newcastle.

    ‘Ouseburn’ for starters, it’s not particularly salubrious, is it?

    I also thought ‘Seaton Sluice’ was a little scary. Just a thought…

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  • Toon fm Exeter

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #207

    Used to come home on leave and have a pint with my father in the meldon

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #208

    Musician from Second Avenue ?
    No idea

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #209

    Jail

    I agree with that, I’d add I don’t think that Carver trying to skuttle the boat helped with the over all feeling at the club. Everyone knew who Ashley wanted and no one else wanted him, fans or players.

    It showed Ashley didn’t give a toss and showed the players and fans he wanted a yes man not the best man for the job.

    Looking back his job was untenable before he started.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #210

    Jib

    Chas Chandler, second ave

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  • TyneMouth

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #211

    Seaton Sluice, cont…

    As a very young lad, the very idea of ploggin’ there was thing of nightmares!

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #212

    There’s rumours Hendrix stayed there with Chandlers mam when he first moved over, busking on chilingham rd.

    Im to young to confirm

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #213

    Shit I was at his funeral in Cullercoats

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #214

    Met Hendrix’ dad at St Georges church

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  • Jib

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #215

    Distantly connected to Madeleine Stringer I hasten to add
    Never really knew Chas.

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #216

    Talking music and the Ouseburn, I’ve been to a fair number of gigs at the Cluny. I saw The Beat there fairly recently, brilliant night

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  • TyneMouth

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #217

    ‘Ouseburn’ cont..

    My Uncle Billy, a man not noted for his subtlety, used to comment about the quality of the water flowing through Jesmond Dene, “it just shows, there is a lot of shhite comes out of High Heaton”

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  • SPRINGY

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #218

    Cheers rob, nice to hear your opinion on the players… hopefully they’ll get a chance this season especially longstaff, we need a player in that position desperately.

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  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #219

    Robleenio

    The Free Trade was a good bar with a cracking free juke-box. Never got there on scooter though – scooters and pubs didn’t sit well together. In saying that, I vaguely remember riding back from Low Fell to Heaton by focusing on the rear lamps on cars, getting home, off the scooter, bounced off the back lane wall then off the other one – all having knocked back half a bottle of gin!

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  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #220

    The Inspector of Prisons described the governor of Birmingham prison as being ‘asleep at the wheel’. Ray Benson won’t be too happy when he hears about it!

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  • lesh

    Aug 20, 2018 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #221

    And……… Two late greats being real gutsy

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=HGdxpnGK2o4&feature=youtu.be

    Bless you Aretha, bless you Duane.

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  • TyneMouth

    Aug 20, 2018 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #223

    Robleenio…

    Perhaps not.

    Sweet dreams, hasta la vista…

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  • RobLeenio

    Aug 20, 2018 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #224

    lesh, I didn’t mate but I’ll be looking out for Gypsy Dave Smith in the future – great player.

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  • one fine day

    Aug 20, 2018 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #225

    optimistic panda

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/analysis-and-features/how-mike-ashley-finally-met-his-match-with-adidas-9001814.html

    just a little bit about Ashley history with Adidas
    he held a 3% stake in them worth 200m just before he bought us. then sold it 8 weeks later.
    worth read.found another article late but found my stomach turning as it was quotes from lambias .
    interesting to read adidas wanted to be the naming sponsors to st james too before it became the shite dire area

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 20, 2018 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #226

    Don’t know how Kenedy gets away with that. Arter also surely deserves a ban. However, it’s very good news for us. Kenedy endured a difficult time of it at Cardiff, as can often happen to visiting teams against sides who are determined to break up play, make it scrappy and be direct. He, along with Shelvey and Perez add the quality to our hard running, tight pressing game, so he’s needed. The addition of KiSy will also give us a bit more “football” on the pitch. You do need at least 3 or 4 creatives, who also run about, which ours do, and so long as they are surrounded by competitive players who play to instruction, then we can hold our own and deliver the odd black eye and blood nose to the senior sides. Starting this weekend v Chelsea.

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  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2018 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #227

    RobLeenio

    The two playing alongside Gypsy Dave Smith were Paul Berrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat. It was their gig at the Cluny and GDS was there and to be invited on stage to play with them.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 21, 2018 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #228

    As a follow up to Rob’s assessment earlier, I thought a lot of the players did look good but the only proviso I would make as regards to them stepping up to the 1st team is that they seemed to have a lot of time to play the ball, don’t think they’d find it so easy in the frenetic hustle of the EPL

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 21, 2018 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #229

    Yedlin was training last week so I expect him to play against Chelsea but I reckon Sterry would fit in OK and do a better job than any of the other alternatives.

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  • lesh

    Aug 21, 2018 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #230

    Ashley’s tuk wor land forreeself

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 21, 2018 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #231

    EGB,
    Fair play to you for taking the time out to watch the U23’s we have so many on here saying so and so should be playing instead of so and so without actually never seen them play.

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  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2018 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #232

    Sørensen and Charman look two big handy forwards.
    Callum Roberts looked good in Ireland.
    Sterry can cross a sweet ball
    All looking good

    1
  • Jib

    Aug 21, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #233

    I have a feeling that Rondon is going to really connect
    with the black and white faithful.
    You don’t get it so much on the telly or in pics
    but
    He’s one big unit.

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  • Ron Knee

    Aug 21, 2018 at 7:30 AM

    Comment #234
  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 21, 2018 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #235

    The FA couldn’t do anything about Kennedy or Arter, whether the Ref saw clearly or saw them properly is irrelevant. He gave free kicks for both incidents, if he hadn’t the FA could have acted, luckily for Kenedy he dodged a bullet due to the Ref.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 21, 2018 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #236

    OFD

    I always figured after our relegation they didn’t
    want to be associated with us.

    Figures Ashley being a twat was more the reason.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Aug 21, 2018 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #237

    When and if Ashleys development starts at Strawberry place there could be a couple hundred disillusioned Nufc fans working on the project.

    Could be a interesting project to work on..

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  • sing in the corner

    Aug 21, 2018 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #238

    Twitter update
    SD tweeted for the 1st time in 3 weeks.. Flogging some end of line shoddy trainers..
    There was a deluge of sarcastic replies from disgruntled anti regime members of the public, highlighting the issues.
    But never mind Mike, as Bish says, it’ll all blow over by September..

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