Raf pointed out he is pragmatic and realistic.
And he’s certainly that.
The gaffer was happy to have signed two good players that will give Newcastle something different.
Miguel Almiron can play as a number 10 but he can also play on the left wing which is one reason why Murphy was allowed to leave on loan to West Brom.
Antonio Barreca is an attacking full-back with a good left foot and he can also play as a wing-back or winger.
Rafa is still to decide on his future but it willing to talk to Mike Ashley about a new contract.
23 year-old left-back Antonio Barreca – on loan
This is some of what he said at his press conference today:
“We are signing two players without experience in the PL. We know it may take some time.”
“We are signing Almiron for not just this month, even if we need him now, he is here for 5 years. He can play in different positions, as a No 10 and a winger, and he has pace”
“Barreca is an offensive full-back who has pace and a good left foot. Almiron is quick and creative. They are two players who give us something different”
“Players like Murphy who were working really hard, he needs to play. I am really pleased for him. We had been thinking he might go if we brought players.”
“Hayden is happy now because he’s playing. Aarons, Sterry and Lazaar, they need minutes too, so it is good for them”
“I did not have time to speak to Mike Ashley yesterday. I was working late and I don’t know if I need to.”
“Now I’m concentrating on Spurs. We have time to talk. I have no problem if he wants to talk face to face.”