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Rafa Has Big Plans For Newcastle This Summer – If He Stays

It was disappointing that we did not get the win at Brighton yesterday and it was a game of two halves – but it was 2 points lost nevertheless in our efforts to finish as high up the league as possible.

But some good news today in the Chronicle that if Rafa stays at the club, he will be looking to add six new players to the squad.

Several weeks ago the report was he wanted five players, and Lee Charnley during his press conference on the finances recently said the plan was to add only quality players this summer.

As we had expected Rafa needs two fullbacks, a left winger and the central midfield could well be shaken up with Shelvey, Diame, and Hayden all possibly leaving the club.

Rafa Benitez – at Brighton yesterday

Rafa would like Salomon Rondon, and the club are still keen on Brazilian striker Joelinton of Hoffenheim.

He cold cost £40M and the report is that Newcastle are willing to sign the player if some payment scheme can be worked out with the German club to bring in the striker.

The goalkeeping position needs to be sorted with Rob Elliot available for transfer, and something needs to be worked out for Freddie Woodman.

Woodman has only one year left on his contract at Newcastle and could be sold with Fulham, Arsenal, and Everton interested.

Unless things change, Rafa will get £100M over the next two years (four transfer windows) which is not a lot of money these days.

But we suppose that can be augmented a lot with fees for players like Shelvey, Hayden, Joselu and others who could be sold this summer.

But Rafa’s situation must be worked out soon so he can stay on board and he wants the club to move early in this summer’s transfer window.

The fact there is still no agreement with him on his contract, and only two league games to go has to be a little worrying.

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10 comments so far

  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Mullery was class

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #2

    That was a good Spurs team in the early 70s: Chivers, Peters, Mullery, etc.

  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #3

    The PL league kicks off 10th August because of the
    introduction of a mid season break – that and the introduction
    of VAR should make next season very interesting.

    Ed is right with the Chinese trip – time is of the essence
    we don’t want a shite start again like this season.

  • Jib

    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Do you remember
    “Nice one Cyril” Knowles ?

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #5

    “Nice one, son!”

  • Just a fan

    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #6

    When city won the league at Newcastle people actually could like apposing teams.
    I don’t think I care for any opposition nowadays.
    Probably because of all the rubbish we get sprouted at us.

  • JohnJ

    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #7

    Nice one Cyril – Lets have another one!

  • JohnJ

    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d definitely prefer Liverpool to win the Prem this season but not at Newcastle’s expense!

  • Lindisfarne

    Apr 28, 2019 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #9

    With the introduction of VAR and the new initiative on Handball, would it be clearer if the rule was that a foul would be given other than when the path of the ball would have hit the body without the interference of the offending arm.

  • Sav

    Apr 28, 2019 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Heel dragging by our knuckle dragging owner leaving Rafa in no man’s land this close to the end of the season is typical of him. At no other club would this be countenanced. It will continue until well after the last home match when the final opportunity for protest as well as a chance to be first out of the transfer blocks is past.


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