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Rafa Benitez Issues Statement – Looking To The Future

Rafa Benitez has issued a statement welcoming the two players Newcastle signed yesterday – Miguel Almiron and Antonio Barreca.

The tone of Rafa’s message is positive and he thanks all the people involved in getting these two very good players over the line yesterday.

When Newcastle have to bring in players we can do it – but it must be earlier in each transfer window.

Rafa Benitez – looking to the future

Here’s Rafa’s excellent message:

“Yesterday, with only a few hours until the closure of the transfer window, we have reached agreements for two signings: Miguel Almiron, an attacking midfield from Atlanta United FC in the Major League Soccer in USA and Antonio Barreca, a left-back from AS Monaco.”

“In the case of Miguel Almiron, he was a star player at Atlanta United FC, current winners of the MLS cup with the club being founded just five years ago.”

“We have been following Miguel Almiron for a while and we think he will add pace to our attack playing behind the striker or even like a winger.”

“He is really focused and wants to do well. He wants to be successful and he wants to help the team, to score goals and give assists if possible.”

“It’s a pleasure to welcome him to Newcastle.”

“Our other addition who it’s also a pleasure to welcome is Antonio Barreca, an Italian player from AS Monaco who comes to reinforce the left wing.”

“The left-back/left-wing-back position is one we’ve been looking to strengthen for a while and he has quality, good delivery and is good going forward.”

“With these two reinforcements, both with an offensive mentality, we will try to improve overall and find the balance, like we did in the last game against Manchester City.”

“I want to thank all those involved for all the work and effort in improving the squad after this tough and ‘long’ transfer window.”

“So we are looking now to the future and prepare for the complicated game against Tottenham.”

We wonder if looking to the future means he will stay with us long-term – sounds like it.

It’s also a message to our two new players who will not expect him to be leaving in the summer.

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37 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #1

    We’re on our way to Wembley!
    N-nah,nah, naah!

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    I refer to my post on the last thread, to not even namecheck Charnley , Ashley and Steve Nickson, but rather say ‘all those involved’ is odd.

  • R.I.P Magpie

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    From previous thread via the words of Jib.

    Two jobs for you
    Improve your Geography knowledge
    Get rid of the Ozzie magpie

    In reply, Jib I have one job for you.

    Fcuk off!!!

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #4

    @ RobLeeino

    Maybe Rafa is secretly referring to future owner of NUFC too

  • beermonkey

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #5

    does any1 know how much we borrowed and how it will impact the summer window

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Missed two buses – not paying attention I suppose! Bobbybee

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10
    Almiron was selected for the MLS team of the season two years running. That was based over an entire season, not a one off game. Everybody has a bad game now and then. 13 goals and 13 assists showed his consistency over the full term. His pace on the ball matches his pace off the ball – how many players can claim that?
    Nothing frightens defenders more than a player running at them full tilt. He does this consistently.
    With Almiron doing so with his, left foot and Yedders doing it with his right foot, we’ll have some serious pace going forward now.
    This lad will add a completely new dimension to our play and one we’ve been lacking for quite a time. He also has the ability to put in a good cross, as well as taking a mean free kick.
    I for one can’t wait to see him get going. He will take a game or two to realise he won’t get as, much time on the ball as in America, but looks more than capable of adapting. That blistering pace on the ball will leave centre backs floundering in his wake. We might finally see a red card after 160 games! 🙂


    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    He,ALMIRON,will be a big hit for us,a player as BOBBYBEE says will add a completely new dimension to our play.He definitely is a player that will get the toon army fans off their seat.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #8

    lovem or hatem, precisely – nail on head matey.

    I may be wide of the mark, but he’s always talked of Charnley and acknowledged his role before. He’s the most glaring one missing, and no bugger’s seen him in weeks.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Guadian – Newcastle United
    After starting the week refusing to rule out the possibility that he might resign as Newcastle’s manager, Rafael Benítez ended it by breaking the club’s 14-year-old transfer record. Benítez has long wanted a natural No 10 and will be delighted that his year long pursuit of Miguel Almirón has finally paid off. He has needed a left-back to challenge Paul Dummett ever since arriving on Tyneside but Antonio Barreca comes with mixed reviews.
    Louise Taylor

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Slow down on the articles Ed, Jesus it’s so hard to have a convo on here lol

    Bobbybee- I am really excited by the Almirón signing. I really hope we’ve founf the new HBA minus the attitude. By God do we deserve it.

    I know it was one game but his impressive stats are in a much inferior league also where defenders give him acres of space and time to do what he wishes.

    If only Ashley would have listened to Rafa and sanctioned this deal earlier in the window we would have had Almirón up to speed with the power and pace of the EPL by now.

    Oh well I for one can’t wait to see him play for us.

    On a more cautious and negative point, do you think he has a relegation or stupid buy out clause inserted in his contract? Really really hope not!

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #11

    Guardian – Almirón’s arrival can help Newcastle break Wembley duck

    Newcastle travel to Wembley to take on Tottenham in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, hoping to end a seven-match losing streak at the stadium that stretches back almost 45 years. They will arrive reasonably well-equipped to do so, having just beaten Manchester City and with their fans eager to get a first glimpse of the club’s new record signing. With supporters threatening not to renew their season tickets and Rafael Benítez remaining non-committal about his future, the arrival of Miguel Almirón from Atlanta can be interpreted as a peace offering from Mike Ashley, but what exactly can fans expect from their new midfielder. According to Tanner McLeod of Atlanta Fan TV, the Paraguay international is diligent, hard-working, lightning fast, has a keen eye for goal and is most comfortable playing behind a striker, although he can also deliver from a deeper position or out on the wing. If he can translate the qualities that helped him captain Atlanta to last season’s MLS Cup to the Premier League, cult status on Tyneside looks assured. BG

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #12

    @ RobLeeino

    I am still hoping that the takeover is still on. Maybe, the interested party (or two) is waiting for NUFC to be clear of relegation and then things will proceed.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #13

    The Guardian completely missing out on the fact Almiron will not be allowed to play tomorrow.

  • TomaKaThor

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Hopefully we can do something at Wembley with confidence up and Spurs haven’t been great and on top of that Kane and Ali are out, even though I think Ali is vastly overrated he seems to score against us….I heard Almiron can’t play because his work permit isn’t sorted yet? Is that true?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #15

    TomaKaThor- sadly that is true and we will have to wait until his work permit is processed before he can even train with his teammates.

    It sucks as I like most of us can’t wait to see him play for us.

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #16

    @ RobLeeino

    I don’t think it does, it’s better to credit no-one specifically rather than either to miss people out or give credit where credit isn’t due.

    Can you imagine ““I want to thank all Steve Nickson and Fred Carruthers for all the work and effort in improving the squad after this tough and ‘long’ transfer window.”

    With no mention of Lee or ashLIE, or the bloke who owns Atlanta – it sounds better to say “All those” as they know who they are. I made Fred’s name up btw.

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #17

    I wouldn’t be shocked if we got something from Spurs tomorrow lunchtime. We’re better set up to play away from home as everybody knows and Spurs look slightly shell-shocked at the loss of Kane and Alli. If Son can’t play as well I think they’ll struggle to score.
    Our defence is always well organised and going forward Rondon just gets better every game. Perez will – or should – be highly motivated by the arrival of Almiron and I can see him showing a marked improvement. Nothing like competition to bring the best out of players.
    Ritchie can finally revert to right wing if our new, left wingback is match fit, with Yedders overlapping so we’ll have pace on the break. Both Schar and Fernandez can pick a decent forward pass and hopefully we’ll be spoilt for choice in midfield.
    If we can get a goal ahead, that crowd will turn on them. They’re already unhappy with the transfer situation not helping their injury problems. Can’t imagine a better time to play them.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #18

    lovem or hatem, fingers crossed mate.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Micky – maybe….

    Or maybe not.


  • hibbit

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #20

    i don’t think Almiron has played since the 9th of December
    not sure Rafa would have played him anyway even if the work permit had been in place. 😉

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Perhaps the same team starting that took on Man City tomorrow?
    No need to change a winning side.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #22

    I would start the same team.

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #23

    Rafa’s presser coming up on SSN !

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #24

    Apparently Barecca ain’t match fit either after hardly playing for Monaco this season.

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Lascelles will have to start a bit sharper like

  • Jib

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #26

    The good thing is it’s 9 days after Spurs until
    we play Wolves away Monday evening 11 Feb

  • Bobbybee

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #27

    JP, I’ve no idea about his contract mate, but surely we’ve learned from the past? Or then again…
    I’d put a massive £150m buy out clause in his contract just in case he transfers that ability to the PL. If he rips a few defences apart they’ll be circling like vultures.
    I think he will though mate. That pace is just as quick on a PL pitch as it is in America and his dribbling at that pace is just a difficult to stop without fouling him. And the top corner of a goal is the same worldwide.
    He might not have the same ability as HBA, but he has enough and he’s definitely a yard quicker. He’s going to have fans across the country off their seats mate, not just ours. We need a, massive buy out clause for exactly that reason.
    He has signed a five year deal so I think we’ll see at least three seasons of him.
    We’re not actually far short of a decent side now. Defence is boxed off and the midfield looking a lot more secure. Rondon has surpassed everybody’s expectations so we’re only a winger or two short. If we address that in the summer, Rafa’s project will be bang on target.

  • scott

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #28

    Hibbit from previous

    I now think Rafa will stay!
    BUT when he keeps us up he holds all the cards, his next contract will be very different to his current one!
    Rafa will negotiate his new one to put Ashley over a barrel!
    *a set amount for transfers,academy development,basically everything he sees as needed to take the club forward will be in that contract as he knows Ashley’s word is worthless!
    The £6m compensation to the club will be taken out giving him the power!
    IF Ashley is truly trying to sell then that would be fine,if not then he probably wouldn’t want Rafa having that over him!

    Just my take on it

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #29

    How long after the Jan 2018 transfer window closed was Ms Staveley’s bid dismissed by Ashley?

  • chicousa

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #30

    Miguel Almiron has played for 3 professional clubs: Cerro Porteño in Paraquay (2013-2015); Lanus in Argentina (2015-2016); and of course Atlanta United (2017-2018). He has won championship titles at all 3 clubs! Apparently he is a winner…

    Character? Heart? Work rate? Check, check and check!

  • lochinvar

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #31

    Charnley has been found safe and well.
    He’s lying down in a darkened room as bringing in two transfers on the last day proved to be exhausting but granted worthwhile.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #32

    Bobbybee- Yup Rafa is slowly starting to assemble a great team. Rafa’s ‘proyecto’ is beginning to take shape and I just love that his is more focused on improving our attack now. Like they say, to make a successful team you have start from the back and now that we have that sorted his is moving further up the field.

    I like Rafa’s style of play on the counter and we are setting a team up perfect for it. The players he goes fot are exact what’s needed and that is players with blistering pace and composed on the ball. If the counter attack setup is done correctly it’s very hard to stop. With a couple of wingers with frightening pace to whip dangerous balls into the box and another Striker to challenge and cover Rondon up top and we will have an amazing team.

  • GeordieinOhio

    Feb 1, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Good Morning ALL!!…..

    while I was working song came on…..Will Smith “gettin jiggy withit” lol i am sure ya all know what I was singing

    On your marks get ready set let’s go
    Saint James pro I know you know
    we go psycho when miggy flows
    ya Just can’t sit
    Got to get MIGGY wit it, thats it
    Now hinnie come watch him fly
    little paraguan thats him aye,

    Gettin miggy wit it
    Na na na na na na na nana
    Na na na na nana
    Gettin miggy wit it
    Na na na na na na na nana

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #34

    GeordieinOhio- nice one lol it will be hilarious to see thousands of geordies attempt that one in unison at St James’.

  • GeordieinOhio

    Feb 1, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #35

    JP — lol aye watchin the lads bouncin around singing that would be class tho

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 1, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Do Catchy and Richard Keys have the same DNA? ie the full on obsessive hatred of Rafa.

    Catchy alleges Rafa ”can not motivate his players and has no tactical nous”. Strangely no sign of Catchy after beating the champions with a rafa masterpiece. Not big enough a man even then.

    As for Keys, his well documented and twisted love rat lifestyle with his daughter’s best friend while his wife was in hospital with cancer condemns him to forever being regarded as irrelevant pond life.

    I dont hate Rafa,, I his his football, I dont like his man management.

    I happen to like football, I love scoring goals, I dont think we are good enough to go toe to toe with the top 6, but the rest i would like a bit more football played, try and take it to the other team more than we do.

    I happen to think we have a half decent squad, you dont, who is the positive one here ?
    you think Rafa if a tactical genius, i dont, how can he be when its the same same every week? we beat Man C, honestly it was a fantastic Result,, but tactically the man is stuck in the 80s, Joke in ear, used to play long ball football, pardew plays exactly the same football as Rafa, stay compact and launch it forward
    the record books show he won trophies, great for his personal achievements, but he has a history of taking teams backwards in the leagues there in, Milan, Napoli, Madrid, all 3 had very poor records under him, with fans complaining about the football, sacked at 2 for the poor football.

    Rafa works on the primes, if we took our chances, like the other team didnt have chances too, the man has spent next to 150 million in 2.5 seasons and 1 of those seasons was in the championship, which is a lot of money for a team aiming for 17th in the prem.

    I LOVE IT WHEN WE WIN, but you refuse to blame him when we lose, you point the finger else where.

    Rafa is like like having a playboy bunny as a wife, everyone looks and thinks how lucky you are, but in reality, she is just there for show, because you sleep in separate bedrooms and you aint getting any from her.

    Rafa is running out of excuses, he has to come out and play more offensive against the teams outside the top 6, on paper we now have attack minded players in LBRB LWRW, and AMC. he has a decent set of CB to chose from, and IMO he has one of the best keepers in the Prem,

    now please go out and play

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 1, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #37

    I can imagine the chorus being sung after a goal being scored


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