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Rafa Could Be Forced To Sign New Midfielders This Summer

Mo Diame has played 25 times for Newcastle this season, and on Saturday at Bournemouth, he made his 22nd start of the season.

He is reported, by the local press, to be getting an automatic one-year extension to his contract if he starts 24 games.

And since there are still 7 games left it’s very possible he will start another two games this season.

The difficulty is Mo will probably reject the one year deal from Newcastle since he is after a two-year contract to end his career.

And he will get that from some other clubs – even in the Premier League.

Mo Diame’s reaction – if he gets a two year Newcastle deal?

Mo will turn 32 years-old in June.

Rafa has been asked about team selection in the Chronicle and whether Mo’s contract situation is having an impact:

“No, the reality is that Sean Longstaff was doing really well and so was Isaac Hayden.”

“So we didn’t have the chance to start Diame.”

“He is training well and competing with the others so he is doing really well.”

There are questions about several of our central midfielders this summer.

Mo is one of them, and he could leave the club if he doesn’t get a two-year deal.

And Isaac Hayden is still unsettled by being so far away from his girlfriend and baby in the south-west.

West Ham United will again try to sign Jonjo Shelvey for at least £20M this summer.

If we lose Diame and Hayden this summer, then Jonjo Shelvey will presumably not be sold, but Rafa will need at least one new central midfielder this summer.

Ki Sung-yueng and the very impressive Sean Longstaff are the two other central players we have in the squad.

Sean, in particular, looks like he can become a star player at his local club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • kc2012

    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    From last post

    I said this would happen months ago that other clubs who pay bigger wages would be in for Rondon. I said Chelsea would go in for him and I stick by that, at the price they could get him for and the relatively low wages compared to their superstars it’s a no brainier for them because he’s a lot better than what they have.

    Everton, doubt he’d go there. Tiny club, shocking fans that boo their own players every time they misplace a pass.

    West Ham bid for every player in world football, every transfer window so that wouldn’t surprise me at all.

    If Rafa stays then he stays at the toon, if Rafa goes then we lose him and end up with Rivierre part 2.

  • kc2012

    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    Actually Chelsea have a transfer ban don’t they?

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #3

    If Spurs were smart they would go all out for Rondon perfect backup for Kane which they currently don’t have and in some games they could play together just seems a no brainer for them especially when they don’t shell out crazy money for players !

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    This summer is where it gets interesting Rafa in charge or not !

    The team has reached a stage where it needs a big investment in players regardless of who is the coach/manager

    Rondon , Diame , Hayden could all be gone and need replaced plus we need upgrades in a few positions!

    I suppose the biggest fear is we get a new man in charge and he is forced to take another look at Colback , Aarons, Lazaar , Gayle and Murphy and integrate them back into the team rather than look for new players…….

  • Harley

    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #5

    For me it’s a no brainer to offer Diame a 2 year contract. He’s a more than capable back up midfielder. To replace him we’d have to spend a few million and offer similar wages.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    we would be foolish to let rondon go
    while there might be an element of truth to these stories i bet they are coming from his agent in the hopes we act a little quicker

  • Jib

    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s strange some of the posts on here
    You’d think Rondon was the only decent
    striker in the world – it tends to be the same
    folk who predicted Armageddon if Mitro left.
    When KK was here selling Andy Cole was the
    end of the world.
    I guess it’s any stick to hit Ashley with
    Some fans should get a grip

  • Just a fan

    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8

    They had a list on motd of premiere league goals scored minus penelties and Cole was only fourteen behind shearer.
    That’s if I remember correctly.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Mar 22, 2019 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #9


    That is true that folk do freakout but in Ashley’s case its not like he doesn’t have previous for not investing in the right players for the manager when a good player goes ?

    Rondon is premiership proven and would require no bedding in period and would be good to go we could buy someone from abroad that could be Demba Ba quality or could be Riviere quality why take the risk when you can get someone in who is already doing a great job !

    This then meant you could bring over a cheaper younger striker to learn from without the pressure of being the no 9 and he could learn from Rondon while getting used to the league!

    Saying that if money was no object I wonder if Rondon would be top of the list of strikers he would want to sign?

  • hibbit

    Mar 22, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Just a Jib
    that is correct Google has served you well 😉

  • AncientC

    Mar 22, 2019 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Jib, “some fans should get a grip”?
    Perhaps you can explain how easy it would be to replace Rondon with a player of similar quality, and 27 years old or below.
    Any ideas?

  • AncientC

    Mar 22, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #12

    I am sure there is a queue of proven international strikers lining up around the block to play for Newcastle; willing to play for 80k per week or below, and available for a knock-down £20 million.

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 22, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #13

    if all else fails we still have the Hoss

  • AncientC

    Mar 22, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Rondon has been huge for the side this season, similar to the loan season of Remy. Is the side really much further away than being 1 good striker away from relegation? I wouldn’t like to imagine what the table would look like right now if Rondon had not been signed.

    How is it even remotely comparable to contrast Keegan—who was backed in the transfer market–and was confident he could replace Andy Cole, with Mike Ashley’s ‘backing’ of Benitez in the current model?

  • barkel

    Mar 22, 2019 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #15

    Selling Cole we had a quality side that could still score and then we signed Ferdinand that Summer, Tino Asprillia the following Winter and then Shearer. I doubt there would be much complaint from anyone if we were still bringing in those kind of quality strikers

  • Posh_Geordie

    Mar 22, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #16

    My worry with Longstaff is he goes down the road Aarons did. Bursts onto the seen looking like a future megastar gets a injury early on and is never the same player again.

  • barkel

    Mar 22, 2019 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    I doubt it’ll be the same, Aarons never got the run of games Lobby did and he relied a lot on his speed. I wouldn’t write Aarons off entirely yet though, he’s doing ok at Wednesday. He just needs to keep injury free and have a proper run of games to get the confidence up.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 22, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #19

    If Rondon had a release clause for 16m, why did that Chinese team bid 40m? Also those saying we were foolish to loan Rondon, must have forgot we dodged a few bullets using this loan first buy later system. Overall it’s worked out quite well. And if we do buy him it’s worked out fine most times so far. Also I thought WBA had insisted we loan him, or that might have been someone else

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 22, 2019 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Given that Andy Cole went down with shin splints for 6 months after we sold him, it became clear that our reasons for selling were not motivated by financial motives. The problem with Ashley is we know he does whatever he can to save / make a few quid, rather than doing what’s right for the club.

    That said, if we do baulk at paying West Brom what they want for Rondon, I’m sure there are other players that we could sign. The more important factor is what kind of message it sends to Rafa – buy Rondon, Rafa is encouraged to stay, refuse to buy Rondon, Rafa could see it as the final straw and walk.

  • c-dog

    Mar 22, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #21

    Top strikers cost top money
    Investment critical to Rafas long term strategy
    Invest – keep Rafa
    Don’t invest – lose Rafa

    Mike Ashley holds back this club no end

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 22, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Honestly if and it’s just an if, so don’t freak out, if Diame leaves then it looks like Fulham will go down I think we should go after Cairney.

    Imagine Sean and Cairney in the middle of the pitch, could be a match made in heaven.

  • Carl819

    Mar 22, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Diame is too slow, no loss there

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 22, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Keep Diame. Crazy to sell him. Keep the money for pacy wingers or wingbacks and a decent back up to ronny. BTW he can’t be spoken of like les Ferdinand yet, no way.


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