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This Has To Be Frustrating For Rafa And Newcastle

Salomon Rondon has had few injuries in his career and usually can make 40 appearances in a season.

But he’s had an up and down start to his Newcastle career.

He wasn’t fit when he arrived late in the summer transfer window and as he’s getting match fit he is having some niggling injuries.

Rondon has a slight thigh injury but it affected him in the first half of Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.

Salomon Rondon – arriving at Selhurst Park

This is what Rafa said about Rondon after the game as reported in the Chronicle:

“He was feeling a little bit tight.”  “You could see that he was uncomfortable in the first half.”

“It’s too early to say if he’s doubtful for Leicester.” 

“He said that he was fine. He was feeling a little bit when he was shooting.”

“He said he was fine, but after you could see that he was not comfortable.”

“We knew before the game it could be very difficult.” 

“The team is a team with experience, they have quality in the middle of the pitch, physically they’re strong.”

“It’s a team with experience and quality and players up front that can make a difference.”

“The second half they were pushing harder and we had to defend.”

“In our situation, we have to be sure the team played as a unit and we did it.”

“We were missing the final pass. A point is a point now.”

Rondon’s injury has to be frustrating for Rafa and Newcastle because he’s looked the part when he’s fit.

And he’s the type of striker Rafa wanted when Aleksandar Mitrovic was allowed to leave the club.

He’s on loan and we doubt he will be risked on Saturday if there’s no improvement in his thigh injury this week.

We will probably start with Joselu but he’s looked better than last season.

And maybe the Spanish striker can score his third goal of the season against Leicester City?

Hope so – we need goals to win the game.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #1

    If it doesn’t rain. I need a way to raise the extra million after selling Rondon….to buy Mitrovich in my fantasy team, I think the injured Pedro will have to go 🙁

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #2


    Luke Edwards in the Telegraph today https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2018/09/23/rafael-bentiez-welcomes-mike-ashley-return-newcastle-owner-attends/

    This drab goalless draw with Crystal Palace was the first game Newcastle United’s owner Mike Ashley has attended in almost 18 months, but he only had to wait a few seconds to be reminded how unpopular he is as the first “get out of our club” chants were sung loudly in the away end.

    Flanked by his three stooges – managing director Lee Charnley, public relations advisor Keith Bishop and the lawyer with no official title, Justin Barnes, who still gets himself involved in almost every major decision at St James’ Park with his boss’ backing, Ashley will have heard those chants and wondered why he is getting the blame again. That is how ridiculous this situation has become.

    Having deliberately extracted himself from the day-to-day running of his own club, it was fitting that he was sat with the three loyal lieutenants who have, between them and under instruction from him, managed to ostracise the manager the supporters adore, pushing Rafa Benitez to breaking point.

    The Spaniard will not quit, not yet, but he already has one hand on the exit door at St James’ Park. If he goes, he will look back wistfully at a club he, like so many others, believes could be so much more than what it has become under their disinterested, unambitious, self-harming owner of the last 11 years.

    That is why, for all the tension that has been created, for all of the regrets and the bitterness that has grown because of the refusal to give him any of the television money to spend in the last two transfer windows, that Benitez felt Ashley’s return to games can only be a positive thing.

    Benitez does not hate Ashley, he just wants him to listen. He wants him to see that Newcastle are a club with the potential to be a permanent fixture in the top ten, pushing for European qualification every year, fighting hard in domestic cup competitions, not merely hoping to survive in the top-flight season after season.

    No, he has not signed the new contract offered to him, but he will if only Ashley lets him invest the club’s profits in the team. Let him have the full control of the football side of the business promised when he arrived and let him try to turn Newcastle into a club he and the supporters can watch together again.

    “I like to see the owner supporting the team,” said Benitez after a game that was as miserable as the weather and was further soured by the Newcastle supporter who threw a bottle at Palace’s players, which will spark an FA investigation.

    “It is not about me, it is about him supporting the team, the club. We have to be sure everybody supports the team, starting with the owner and if we have that we will be stronger.

    “I have to take this as a positive. If he has come to see the team, he can see the players, he can see what we have got and he can be sensible. Hopefully he will be ready to do something to help. I knew he was coming, I would have no problem speaking to him after this.”

    As for Palace, they had the chances to win in the second half, but being hard to beat seems to remain their priority at this stage. “We dominated the game and as a defender keeping clean sheets is important,” said James Tomkins.

    “I thought if we did we could nick a goal but it didn’t quite happen for us. We are happy with our defence as a team, not just the back five and the keeper.”

  • Jib

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #3

    In the words of William Bell
    “If it wasn’t for bad luck we wouldn’t have no luck at all”

  • c-dog

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Good players make their own luck

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #5

    That Luke Edwards article has got Jamie Carragher written all over it 😮

  • kimbo

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Interesting comments from Lascelles, we need to be more offensive, well that will see him dropped and sold now.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve pretty much gave up reading the blog on match days and a day after, it’s absolutely crazy.

    I used to read back if id missed a few days but it’s absolutely ridiculous at the moment.

    I don’t have a problem with the crazy frog, pepe or toon22. People may not like his approach but it’s no different than what a lot already do on here, by that I mean say the same thing over and over without considering what others say or viewing things from the other side.

    Any points away from home are great, a good result. When we play at home everyone says we should be taking 3points, no different from what any other teams fans would think, so a point in London is great.

    I haven’t a clue why Ashley turned up but I don’t see any positive in it. He’s had ample time to speak to Rafa or change his mind. To me all he’s done is show up to try and quiet the media pundits and fans.

    Even if Ashley came out and told Rafa he has full control over the football side would Rafa believe him, would he stay after the broken promises and how long would it take Ashley revert to type.

    Jib mentioned a while back about giving Rafa a one year rolling contract. It maybe the only way to have Ashley keep his word. If Ashley came out and promised Rafa full control I think Rafa would have to put a clause that he can leave for free anytime Ashley goes back on his promise of full control.

    I can’t see this happening as I believe Ashley wouldn’t be happy with someone other than him having the power and control. That’s a good article today from Luke Edwards and I agree Rafa has one hand on the door.

    The club is a ticking time bomb atm and I hope someone can defuse it before the whole thing blows up in our faces.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Maybe the crazy frog should use his energy to remix I’m coming home Newcastle with all proceeds going to the magpie group.

    I’m sure it would be a laugh

  • hibbit

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #9


    i think your right but unfortunately were very close to the point of no return

  • posada

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Rondon. When he signed he was not fully fit. Why, he had the opportunity to do a pre season like anyone else.
    Looked a bit heavy and not fully match fit.
    Then wonder of wonders he is able to take a long haul flight, play two internationals, score and couple of goals etc.
    Then he comes back and he’s not fit again.

    It’s the curse of the Toon. How many times now have we seen this.

  • geordietom

    Sep 24, 2018 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #11


  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Sep 24, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafa was clearly upset with Rabdon’s cutting edge upfront and hencr he subbed him..Ironlically enough it feels now that we would have been better with Gayle. Atleast he was in Rafa’s work your socks off book and we would have had one more body upfront.

  • brendave

    Sep 24, 2018 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Rondon is unfit,fat and useless and would be lucky to score with a deflection in a brothel.


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