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Benitez Sends Pointed Message To Ashley – Big Money Needed To Sign Goalscorers In Summer

Newcastle were second best last night in London at the Emirates, but manager Rafa Benitez thinks it’s Newcastle’s lack of firepower up front that cost us the game last night.

Newcastle had a bad day at the office last night.

Let’s hope that’s the case because we have a game to win against an in-form Crystal Place on Saturday and we must take something out of that game.

Rafa was trying to get Mike Ashley to pay £16.5M for Salomon Rondon in the summer, and the owner refused.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle weak in the final third of the pitch

And it looks like Rafa will get the same answer this summer with Ashley unwilling to pay out that amount of money for a 30-year-old.

But Rafa has said you have to pay out big money for strikers these days and he said last night we need more strength in that area of the Newcastle team.

This is some of what Rafa said at his press conference in London after the game last night:

“The final third we have been speaking all season, the final third you have to spend £40M £50M, £75M.”

“I think this kind of game is very similar.” “We were close, but it was about chances in the final third.”

“After you have to defend against a team with pace and quality.”

“You have to do things right in defense.

“After we conceded the second goal it became even more difficult for us.”

“We tried to attack but they are a good team at home – they play and pressed.”

“We were pushing at 1-0.” “They need to score the second goal.”

“Both of their goals were scrappy goals.”

“We have to try to get three points against Palace.”

“The next match is the most important.”

“Obviously last week the teams at the bottom, except for Cardiff were winning.”

One thing that Rafa will be wary of is to sign on at Newcastle and then not be supported in this summer’s transfer window.

That’s what’s happened the past two summers, and he must get cast iron guarantees on transfer money being available – not on for the summer – but for all upcoming transfer windows.

Ashley must change the way he runs the club, but it reminds us of that old saying – “a leopard can’t change its spots.”

Another way the saying is sometimes worded is “It’s difficult for a leopard to change its spots.”

The second one is more positive – maybe Ashley can change his ways?

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60 comments so far

  • chicousa

    Apr 2, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #41

    OK, just realized what is going on with my spelling and grammatical mistakes….clearly my iPad is possessed of demons!

  • toon kk

    Apr 2, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #42

    Just a fan.
    I know we are capable of more, but there style of football has always caused us problems.
    A decent team can look mediocre when they come up against real quality.
    When Arsenal have played Barcelona they can look ordinary at times, it’s just getting Outclassed makes the weaker side look worse than they are imo.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2019 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #43

    I can’t believe Rondon didn’t put Perez in for a tap in, but instead tried to beat the keeper on his near post. That was a crucial moment.

    Sickening when you think we could have had P.E.A and Lacazette for relative peanuts. What was the point of Carr scouting these people if so few good ones were ever followed up on for the sake of the odd million. For a gambling man the fat lad constantly puts it all on the wrong horse.

    Thought Rafa might have gone 4 at the back and brought Shelvey on second half. Oh well.

    Amazing how many goals conceded seem to involve Yedlin, a truly awful defender. Mind you Lascelles can be quite a liability these days too.


    LOSE – as in not win
    LOOSE- as in an animal escaping

  • chicousa

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #45

    martoon @40
    “Arsenal were good but we were poor…”

    That’s it in a nutshell. Virtually ever player in back and white stripes on the pitch last night looked rusty. Poor touches, slow reactions, simple passes gone awry, bad decisions, etc. I would examine the dinner plates from the team dinner prior to the match….looking for drugs slipped into the mix that dulled the wits and energy level of our lads! You can’t trust any restaurants in north London on match night! 😉

  • martoon

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #46

    Rotonda – I agree Rondon was far too greedy and should have played in Perez – he definitely looked across and saw him.

    Also I mentioned this last night but I’m sure I saw Lacazette punch Richie in the head while we were defending a dead ball – I might be wrong but they didn’t even show a replay of it – more Sky bias!

  • chicousa

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #47

    Thanks for the Sqires link. I spit my morning coffee with the bit about giving Sissoko time to think!

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #48

    Arsenal were good last night, and Emery had them playing with some interesting tactics – their high press was right in the faces of our defenders, which gave Lejeune no time to play his game. They were able to do that as Guendouzi was dominant and Ozil is in one of his upswings of form. The midfield battle was Arsenal’s all night.

    I honestly think they will finish 3rd this season and will be looking to challenge for the title next.

    That said, I think they only had 3 shots on goal, other than the disallowed goals. Dubs was dominant in his box, cutting out so many crosses but holding the ball, not just parrying it. Our defence played well, with a couple of lapses. Our midfield was over run and our attack was starved, with Rondon off form so unable to make anything of the scraps he was fed.

    And still their fans were whingeing on.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #49

    Squires is always good for a larf, chico!

  • widowmagandapoke

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #50

    Kennedy Ki muto made the team weaker. Short passes easily cut out. Where was Shelvey?

  • Shoulders knees

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #51

    Not a good night at the office, hope players don’t think we are safe yet, it looked like we were a yard off the pace and couldn’t pass wind. Oh well onto Saturday .

  • posada

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #52

    Sorry I spelt that wrong or is it spelled.
    I’m not that well edicated although I’m not as think as some people stupid I am.

    One thing I don’t like is this idea that we could have had PEA or Lacazette. It’s a myth. The story goes that Old Man Carr scouted them and we could have had them for 20 million. The story is probably put out there. By Old Man Carr.

    1) Those players did not need scouting. They were playing in a top league for top sides and everyone knew about them.
    2) They would not have come to us as the club was in a state. They always had better options.
    3) The price was also known by all. 20 odd million. Rightly or wrongly we were not prepared to pay it.
    4) If we were prepared to pay big we would have had to pay over the odds to get them. That’s the only reason they would come to us rather than the better options they had.

  • posada

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #53

    The top players will always go to the top six.
    We will get the option to sign those who are not the full package re fitness, attitude or quality.
    Rarely you will turn up a gem.
    You won’t do it often enough to build a team. That needs serious money.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #54

    For me Almiron is playing too deep which does not use his speed to the full potential

  • Bambams

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #55

    Other than Roadrunner and Ritchie i thought the rest of the team just looked slow and cumbersome.

    Diame was jogging around the midfield and when he did try a bit of pace it was like watching an oil tanker come to a stop.

    We did this last year when we looked to be safe, dropped off a bit and players lost that little bit of a spark.

    I was surprised Kenedy came on, the lad has just nothing going for him at the minute.

    Rondon looked as though he had put weight on, probably the worst game I have seen him play for us.

    But the Arsenal were a cut above us, the one touch football was very good to see in a painful way !

    This summer is huge for our club, I can see the likes of Lejeune, Schar, Dubs, Lascelles and possibly even Almiron looking to another transfer to an ambitious club if we dont try and bring in the quality Rafa is begging for.

    But it could be worse….We could be without Rafa.


  • Bambams

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #56

    I dont mean this summer they could look to move, but they wont stay here for too long always fighting relegation

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 2, 2019 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #57

    I think if we are going to play the way we do against the top 6 we need a striker similar to Lacazette with plenty of pace and movement to get in behind when they play a high line.

    Those kind of strikers are going to cost a hell of a lot more than Rondons 16.5 release clause!!!

  • Bambams

    Apr 2, 2019 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #58


    Will ash provide enough funds though mate….like every last penny !

    We can but hope


  • martoon

    Apr 2, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #59
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 2, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #60

    Bambams #56, if the players at NUFC would be always battling relegation by staying here, you have to ask if they are good enough players in the first place?

    Realisticaly, we’re a mid-to-low table side, to improve we need to upgrade some players. Yet, the likes of Rondon, Lejeune, Lascelles, Schaer, Perez, Shelvey, Dummett, Dubravka, Almiron, Hayden and Ritchie are gems we need to keep hold of.

    That’s a full team there. Most would say they’d like to keep all those players and add some quality. Would those players be happy to take a back seat next season while the starting births went to the newly acquired ‘quality’? If Fat Ash isn’t going to release any funds, where does the money come from to add the quality, unless we sell some of the above. Is that team good enough to push up the table next season and, if not, why are we all being so precious in wanting to hold on to them all?

    I wonder if Rafa will have a wholesale clear-out of his 1st team squad to freshen things up again this Summer? If he stays, obviously.

    BTW Bambams, did you notice someone say they thought you were Shearer in disguise last night?


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