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Rafa Planning For Next Season – Fringe Players Need To Be Sold

Newcastle players didn’t report back to training until Friday morning after Rafa Benitez gave the squad five days off after getting a good point in the 2-2 draw at Bournemouth after Matt Richie had scored the sensational equalizer after 94 minutes in that game.

Newcastle picked up 4 points in the home game with Everton and the away game to the Cherries – and we would have taken that before those two tough games.

Rafa wants five new players brought in this summer and to make way for them he will need to get some of the fringe players off the books.

Jack Colback – on loan at Nottingham Forest

We had covered this topic last week, and 10 players could leave Newcastle this summer because they are not needed anymore at the club.

Getting their wages off the books and getting some transfer money in for them will help Rafa to bring in better players and improve the squad.

The Chronicle has an article out today, and they list the following players as likely to leave the club this summer:

Rob Elliot
Rolando Aarons (on loan at Sheffield Wed)
Achraf Lazaar (on loan at Sheffield Wed)
Jack Colback (on loan at Nottingham Forest)
Henri Saivet (on loan at Turkish club Bursaspor)
Callum Roberts

In addition to those players, we had also thought that Jacob Murphy, Jamie Sterry, Ciaran Clark, and Joselu could also leave.

With Rafa wanting another striker brought in while also keeping Rondon at the club there will be no room for Joselu.

That’s especially true because we expect Dwight Gayle to return – although he may be used in part exchange for Rondon and may stay at West Brom.

And Clark is now our 5th choice center-back.

So there are plenty of players Rafa can lose without missing any of them.

Some of those players can bring in transfer funds, but their wages need to be off the books somehow next season.

We could also lose Isaac Hayden and Mo Diame, but Rafa would like to keep both talented central midfielders for next season.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 24, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    Appologies for the respost


    The first time I read your view that Beardsley should become our ambassador or a pundit, I disagreed with you but I didn’t say anything because that is just an opinion. But after reading your second point, I have to agree. We are way to quick to blackball people and ruin their careers because of a slip up such as a comment or a behavioural issue. I do agree that everyone deserves a second chance, provided they own it and apologise.

    I look at the Liam Neeson fiasco that followed his admittance that after his friend was raped in the 80’s, he actively tried to illicit a mugging with a black man so that he could react. When he admitted this, he had already been through the rehabilitation period. What happened was that everyone took this out of context and called for action against him.

    With this in mind, provided Beardsley takes ownership of his behaviour and apologises, I don’t see why he should not be given a chance.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 24, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #2

    I grew up admiring PB, loved his skills and tireless work ethic. Damn it, I nearly dislocated my hips trying to copy that trademark shimmy he used to do when running with the ball. Second chance in life? yes absolutely.
    At NUFC?
    Not for me.

    As hibbitt said before, it seems he isn’t a very good coach, and is probably not a great communicator. What role at the club would he be the best around for?
    Ambassador? Hasn’t got the required characteristics, or there’d certainly be a good few ahead of him in the queue..

  • Harley

    Mar 24, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3

    Elliot, Aarons, steely, lazar, saivet and Roberts, I doubt we’d get a fee for any of them. Not sure if we’re subsidising their wages, probably paying half maybe.

    Colback maybe £1m?

    Gayle got to be worth £12, a guarantee of goals.

    Murphy maybe £8 if we’re lucky.

    Josalu £2m?

    Clark I’d rather keep as he’s as good a back up as we’ll find and would probably only get about £4m for him.

    Anyone agree?

  • Harley

    Mar 24, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4


  • toon22

    Mar 24, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Mike Ashley delivers key transfer message to Rafa Benitez as Salomon Rondon deal in doubt


    Were so lucky MA “saved” us

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 24, 2019 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    Ashley will regret that he didn’t sanction the 16.5 mil permanent signing of Rondon alright..

    He could have sold him for much more in the summer.

  • Ben Afri

    Mar 24, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #7

    sing in the corner

    I don’t disagree with you that as a football coach, I wouldn’t have him back. But as you said, in life, definitely!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Mar 24, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #8

    The Beardsley fiasco is just another embarrassing peep inside Ashley’s circus or Nufc as its known.

    At least it’s one of our own this time instead of Kinnear Wise or some other muppet.

    Every cloud an all that.

    Maybe Ashley will give him a job at SD

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Hardly a fiasco
    Storm in a teacup really
    You wanna see a fiasco
    Have a look at Westminster

  • martoon

    Mar 24, 2019 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #10

    Toon22 that article is written based on stuff we already know and using pure speculation. Not one actual quote a typical Sunday story when they are scratching around for news. It may or may not be true that Ashley is sticking to his policy of ovet 25 in regards to Rondon but no one knows yet especially the writer of that article!

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Debenhams will scrap leases that have weighed it down for more than a decade as part of plans likely to be unveiled within weeks. If successful, the strategy will torpedo the machinations of billionaire Mike Ashley who wants to install himself as boss. Ashley is understood to have been travelling back and forth to his mansion in Miami, Florida in recent weeks as he hatched plans with lieutentants to seize control of the chain. Debenhams’ former owners signed scores of onerous contracts which at the time helped line the pockets of private equity firms CVC, Texas Pacific and Merrill Lynch Private Equity. But they left the chain starved of cash. Sources said Debenhams will secure £200 million in short-term loans this week in an ‘orderly reorganisation’

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 24, 2019 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #12

    Debs aren’t let him have his own way. Will be interesting to see how that pans out.

  • Sad Frog II

    Mar 24, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #13

    MA needs some cash…who s leaving? #profit #pocket money

  • Optimistic Panda

    Mar 24, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #14


    That’s normal service at Westminster

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 24, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Ben Afri cheers mate it’s a difficult one morally and practically.

    First thing he needs to do is own his actions. Not contesting the FA charges and admitting his errors would be a start I think.

    On Ashley if he takes money out of the club directly for funding a takeover of any chain it will show in the accounts. It hasn’t done yet.

    Not staying he’s a saint or denying his arseholery but just keeping it factual.

    Someone asked how he can afford to buy shops if he has only a paper fortune. The simple answer is that he doesn’t it’s handled through sports direct.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 24, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #16

    If Debenhams manage to restructure their debt with a debt for equity swap, then ashLIE’s 30% will be diluted to such a degree to be almost worthless.

    I would have a wry smile if that happened.

  • DaveD1000

    Mar 24, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #17

    yup and he won’t like it up im

  • geordietom

    Mar 24, 2019 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #18

    about Rafa’s contract talks and Ashley’s ( model to buy under 25 year olds ) …

    surely Rafa is wise enough to tell the fat one there’s a balance to be struck buy established players such as Rondon ect and buy some under 25’s who can fit into the first team …

    then wor team would hopefully move up the table more money for the fat one in the long run…

    its about time Ashley showed some sense and stopped frigging about …

  • posada

    Mar 24, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #19

    Re Rondon. The Craik is that MA will not pay 16M for a 30 year old.
    However, about 12M of that fee would be in exchange for Dwight Gayle, who is 30 in October.

    So, he won’t buy a 30 year old for big money, but wants big money for the 30 year old we already have.

    Trouble with Ashley is he always has to be getting a great deal. Is a 30 year old worth a lot of money Mike. Depends if I am buying or selling.

    Buys the jogging bottoms in the far east for $3. Sells them for £35. Don’t think he will ever be shaken out of that mind set.

    Probably has Wise in his ear. I can get you 3 players for that much. I’ve spotted a couple on u tube.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 24, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Dummett on the bench.

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Is Spurs’ Ben Davies a better LB than Dummett ?

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 24, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Ashley and his transfer model, it has nothing to do with the club getting better, it has more to do with players he can still sell on at a profit. Piece of shite, tell me I’m wrong you Cashley.

    So if all is true with his philosophy then he would say the he wouldnt have purchased sergio agüero three years ago because he was 27? Mo Salah due to his 26 year old label, oh sorry Mike, you already had your chance with Mo. Sadio Mane also 26? Eden Hazard 28?
    Aubameyang 29, sorry Mike another player you didn’t want for an extra couple of Mill.

    Let’s face it Mike you total waste of lard, the tea lady at St James knows more about players than you, even she knew Mo Salah for half a Mill was a good deal, oh shite nearly left one out, Deli Ali, yes not a striker but how did that work out Mike. IDIOT


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