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Rafa – Shearer Was The Best Ever – Explains What Newcastle Need Now

Rafa was a big admirer of Alan Shearer when he played at Newcastle and the Spanish manager thinks Alan is the best striker ever to play in the Premier League.

Our current number 9 Salomon Rondon has shown some glimpses of Alan’s skill but he is not getting enough good chances – according to Rafa.

Of course, Shearer and Andy Cole often needed just one chance to put the ball away – lesser strikers need a lot more chances to score.

Rafa wants to see the team give better service to the 29-year-old Venezuelan striker and Rafa has talked about the great Alan Shearer.

This is what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:

“Then you are talking about the best players in the Premier League and Alan Shearer was here and was the best ever.”

“We just have to make sure we create more chances for Rondon to do well.”

“Also, it depends on your team – Manchester United (Andy Cole) would create more chances than anyone.”

“It is also the type of chances you create.”

“For a striker, it’s not just about making a cross or a pass and it’s easy, we have to make sure we do something more for offensive players to get better chances.”

“For us, it is always the same – the short blanket.”

“We have to defend well first, then do both things at the same time (defend and attack).” “Some games we can do it but not every game.”

“We try to focus on different things.” “Against Crystal Palace we were attacking, we played five at the back but it can look like three.”

“At Leicester, we knew they would be pushing and have pace and ability.”

“When they have a player like Jamie Vardy that has pace and can run behind your defenders you can’t be too high.”

“You have to manage space.” “You need bodies back and if you do that how can you be a threat in the final third?”

“This is the balance we look for.”

“Miguel Almiron gives us runs behind defenders and we defend and link with him.”

“That makes a big difference for a game plan for a while.”

If only we had Alan Shearer in the side now we’d be a lot higher in the league table.

Alan is the top goalscorer ever in the Premier League with 260 goals in 441 Premier League games.

That’s a scoring ratio of 0.59 goal for each league game – |59 goals in every 100 appearances on average  – unbelievable!.

Rafa wants to keep Rondon this summer and sign another striker so we can score a lot more goals in the Premier League.

Last season we averaged just over one goal a game (39 goals in 38 games) and this season it’s worse than that with 32 goals scored in 34 goals.

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57 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Wow the bus just missed my foot there, repost.

    In passing a quick congratulations to the Extinction protesters in London, the Rafa question is insignificant by comparison.

    Apparently there is a layer of plastic forming on mountain tops from air borne micro beads, we a seemingly plasticising our planet from the depths of the oceans to the highest points.

    Well done to all of us.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Well my choice for top scorer this season is still in with a very good chance, go Ayose!

  • lochinvar

    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Could we not ask the Chinese to clone Shearer, that would solve so many issues.
    New striker
    Massive increase in revenues from shirt sales, not least of all in China
    We could sing that song again ( so long ago, was it 45 rpm on vinyl ? )
    Rafa would stay
    funbet88 would be raking it in
    Alan could watch himself play and his punditry on MOTD would be interesting
    Gary Lineaker would choke on his cornflakes as Shearer MK2 would break all the goal scoring records
    Bar 9 would reopen and be franchised around the world
    What’s not to like

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    Good analogy from Rafa there
    NUFC currently are a short blanket
    Pull it up to your chin and your feet
    get cold – cover your feet and your
    shoulders and chest get cold.
    We need a longer blanket

  • dexter53

    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Toon related forum this. There are other forums to pass comment on enviromental issues.

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #6

    so make a toon comment then

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7


    That is very true but the environment goes beyond our own little Toon world and I did mention Rafa in the comment!


  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Antonio Barreca in January was a strange one.
    Apparently we paid a £1.4M loan fee and are
    presumably paying his wages.
    I can only think it was a favour for his agent or
    Monaco who we hope to do business with in
    the summer

  • geordietom

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #9

    blog police …

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    These middle class eco-warriors currently tying
    down hundreds of police officers who should be
    doing other stuff , would be better waiting outside
    of schools , and giving the kids that just throw their
    plastic on the streets , a clip around the lug.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #11

    Definitely a strange one Jibbers, you said it was because he had loads of potential and was one for Rafas future plans back in January???

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    When he arrive 4 months ago Rafa characterised Barreca
    as being a player who would give Newcastle “options and flexibility”
    After 1 game in 4 months I think a WTF is needed.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #13

    And the called me an idiot for suggesting otherwise???

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    *And then

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    He was bought because we were one injury away from having to play Ciaran Clarke as a LB, who might have been injured himself, if Ritchie hadn’t of been so good a LWB or whatever it’s labelled we might have seen more of him, we needed players to hit the ground running not from them for the future.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #16


  • DaveD1000

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #17

    Was reading earlier Rafa is hoping Flo is back in time for the China trip

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #18

    I’ve just read that Rafa’s contract is up on June the 30th??? If so Ashley has to either sign him up or pay him off on May the 12th to give Jeezus Moyes-Pearson a fair crack of the whip.

  • magscar

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19

    I think when Lejeune returned to side and we went to 3 at back Rafa experimented with Richie as a left wing back and has been a qualified success. Kenedy was also available. Almiron also arriving meant that there wasn’t the urgent need to use Barreca in getting forward. Rafa rarely puts new signings from abroad strraight into his sides unless injury requires it.

    He likes them to integrate as much as possible and show they have an understanding of his tactics and that they can work with him. Unless Barreca is showing a lot in training and a grasp of Rafa’s tactics then the insurance he has provided is likely to be curtailed when loan has ended.

    Rafa will be looking for an upgrade – assuming he is here of course 🙂

  • the ledge

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #20

    That Italian left back was highly rated until he joined Monaco strange one that .

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21


    Kenedy says you learn more from failure than you ever will learn from

    Looks like he’s down the road then.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #22

    There are loads of positions need upgrading sorting out. It would be absolute folly to expect a new manager to come in and start managing a team that Churnley has put together in the months leading up to the PL kick off. It’s also crazy that Rafa wouldn’t have been allowed to sign Raul Jiminez if he’d been with us instead of Wolves.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    It’s looked like he’s been down the road since Ashley refused to sign him last summer.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #24

    Jib, love the blanket analogy.

    We need to give our forwards more service – I’m sure no one can disagree with that.

    Onwards and upwards chaps! Stiff upper and all that.

    Oh and just re London Protests, it shows just how weak the Government is, we are an absolute shambles and a laughing stock in the world – even here (The UK via the Trucial Oman Scouts (HQ in Sharjah) created the UAE in 1971), our country is being laughed at, never, ever have i seen that before.

  • magscar

    Apr 18, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail @18

    Not sure of your logic in May 12 being pivotal date – it’s not as if Ashlley is renowned for working in a football optimum way after all.

    Many think transfers have little to do with manager anyway so if he goes whoever follows will have to just get on with it and who needs a pre-season (winking emoji) anyway – even pre-Ashley we regularly changed managers in August/September for a while.

    It will take until one of sides recognises that there is no further point in trying to bridge the gap as it is too wide – arguably if signs are still that a reasonable deal is there then it could take up to end of June.

    As both sides do actually want a deal (albeit of their own making) I guess they will stick at it (even through intermediaries) longer than some might.

    Having said that Rafa will want some clarity soonest as although he will be and is already preparing for next season like the consumate professional he is, he will have to consider other options before they become filled.

    I took you serious as there was no emoji but it is always possible that you were being ironic 😉

  • magscar

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #26


    “Short blanket” is one of Rafa’s regular sayings to explain his dilemma – guessing Jib was aware and simply explaining the analogy which indeed is a good one.

    A bigger blanket is apparently top of his requirements for next season and Charnley is still trying to source one 🙂

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #27

    The problem Ashley has if Rafa leaves
    The coaching team goes as well
    So therefore no assistant manager to
    fill the breach (unless he has Carver on speed dial)

  • magscar

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29


    The major impasse in negotiations will presumably be the transfer policy and whilst I understand the business logic of Ashley it is too simplistic as demomstated throughout his tenure.

    Owners rarely (at even top 6 level) will give total control of recruitment and budget to one man and usually there is a “football” man involved in the chain between manager and owner.

    We have Charnley and apparently on of his fixers whose name escapes me!

    A business strategy for the HIgh Street may be but not for a successful football club.

    I suspect the need for a “3rd” party with football /financial credentials and “acceptable” to both sides could be helpful to resolving the budget and recruitment issues

  • magscar

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #30


    Don’t joke he might still feel he still owes Joe who has been waiting patiently for a call from Sky, Talksport, 5live – anybody….

  • lesh

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #31


    The UK is a joke but the problem is it’s not funny. The people of Britain, through its electoral system elected, nay re-elected, a nasty a government which is both repressive, unrepresentative of ordinary people which it is screwing into the floor. And to make it worse, the electorate, particularly in England and Wales, continues to fall for targeted lies, untruths peddled by racists and opportunists via the internet and social media – often repeating the same Brexit-related mantras – make our own laws (err, doesn’t government, through Parliament, make them?), take back control of borders (do they realise that immigrants from EU countries might be discouraged but they’ll still come in from elsewhere?) and many other gems one can see in the Wetherspoon’s Times, The Daily Heil, Torygraph and other opinionated organs. Yet, despite the ineptitude of the Tory party, an even further right-leaning force is likely to grip the UK.

    Those protesting for environmental responsibility are gallantly fighting a greed-based system which is ruining the planet, a planet that’s evolved over millions of years but severely damaged, by man, in 300 or so. Anyone with kids should be supporting such demonstrations unless they’d prefer to live under a repressive state such as those ruling the likes of Turkey, Saudi and others in the middle-east. Is that the sort of society you want Mickey?

    Anyway, speaking of greed, it’s a real shame that Ashley and Rafa feel the need to negotiate via the media, if fact its a shame that they’ve got to negotiate at all. Ashley should’ve had Rafa signed up, on terms that would take the club forward but no, the megalomaniac seems unable or willing to talk to speak to Rafa, directly.

    What will be will we and if Rafa does go, no matter who comes in to replace him, NUFC will continue to be supported by fans who’ll put up with more of Ashley’s offerings.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Wouldn’t surprise me if Tim Sherwood is waiting in the wings ready to take over once Rafa goes……

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #33

    The latest knock back from the Debenhams board shows that not everyone will be pushed around by Fatash and that he is becoming increasingly disliked.
    This however could work against us as he looks to reassert his authority in future negotiations.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #34

    lesh (we should have a “Take it outside” type page on here). What annoyed me more than anything is that the spokes(wo)men, on LBC this morning stated that if people lose their jobs then it’s a price worth paying for something that may or may not happen at some juncture.

    If they want to protest then fine, do it outside the Chinese/Indian/Russian/USA embassies, they’re the biggest polluters, by blocking centuries old thoroughfares that people need to get to work, they are doing themselves more harm than good.

    One guy has had to let some of his workers go (8 of them) because they can’t work. Now what if that was you and your bairns, sorry son, can’t eat cos of the “swampys” on 5 major intersections.

    It pisses me off that if I parked a car across Westminster bridge or on Marble Arch it would be towed and I’d have a massive fine, but hey, it’s fine for so called climate warriors that are basically anarchy ridden marxists or grannies from Stroud that fancy a day out.

    And don’t get me started on sadiq khan.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #35

    We are all very aware of Ash’s lack of ambition for NUFC, but if Rafa walks as a result of this, is the ongoing message to fans from Ash ”I still have no ambition for NUFC” and in which case why do 52000 keep going?

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Apr 18, 2019 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #36

    So Ashley is in the states at the moment so it’s been reported, we bought Miggy from Atlanta after Atlanta said he would not go for less than 30 Million.

    It would be great news if Ashley was in the States finalizing the sale of Newcastle to the owner of Atlanta and Miggy leaving for less than advertised was only done so Newcastle had a chance to stay up, which is what the Atlanta owner really needed to happen.

    Yes I know, Fantasy thinking seldom becomes reality, but we can hope.

  • Jib

    Apr 18, 2019 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #37

    The Sweatys have sacked McLeish

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 18, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #39

    Lesh for PM. He’d sort it out.

  • Just a fan

    Apr 18, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #40

    To true.its a good job people on here aren’t like that.
    Like calling people on here multiple s with no proof.


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