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Rafa Compares Christian Atsu With Miguel Almiron

Manager Rafa Benitez is already saying Newcastle are missing Miguel Almiron in the team.

He gives Newcastle great pace out on the left wing and while Christian Atsu played well on Saturday, Rafa keeps pointing out he is a different kind of player than Miguel.

Rafa says Christian doesn’t have those 40 yard runs that we see from Almiron during games and that can help relieve the pressure on the team when we are under pressure defending.

Maybe Rafa will change the formation to better use the skills of Atsu for the last couple of games?

Christian Atsu in action on Saturday

This is what Rafa said about Almiron after the game as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“Yeah. I think Atsu did well, but he’s a different kind of player, more in between the lines, he can go behind.”

“But he does not have the 30-40 meter runs that Almiron has.”

“So when you are defending deep, we didn’t have that.”

“Also, Jonjo (Shelvey) was playing really well in the first half, because we had the possession.”

“But the second half you could see we needed some legs in the middle because they were physically more aggressive.”

“They were quite strong in the air.”

“We have been working on that (keeping the ball), and we were expecting something like that,” 

“We had been watching Brighton games and clips.”

“There were still two or three situations where we could do something better, some clear chances, but we were quite happy with everything.”

“We knew it would become more difficult for us, that they would be pushing and pushing and on top of us.”

“I was expecting a bit more quality from us.”

It’s a pity we couldn’t hold onto the lead last Saturday in the second half, but it’s over now.

Next up are Liverpool on Saturday night with an unlikely 7:45pm kickoff time.

And then we play at Fulham in our final game of the season the following Sunday afternoon.

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12 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #1



    Mister Tuff

    Apr 28, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #95
    Those wishing to flirt with carltoon should be a bit careful. Using a food analogy you boys will not find a nice juicy pie but a large helping of meat and two veg.
    Carltoon is another one of Jib’s inventions as is geordietom.

    you talk so much crap …

    i’d love to come come to the party going on in your heed … keep me out of your agenda with jib … theres a good boy…

  • toon22

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #2

    Rafa Benitez declares himself open to a meeting with Mike Ashley – but reveals no summit is planned


  • RobLeenio

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #3

    “But the second half you could see we needed some legs in the middle because they were physically more aggressive.”

    This is the reason Rafa prefers Hayden and Longstaff to JonJo, in a nutshell. While we have possession, JonJo is an undoubted asset. While the opposition are enjoying more of the ball, a box-to-box midfielder is better suited to our style.

    We tend to play with less of the ball than our opponents.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I’d give my left nut for us to beat liverpool on Sunday

    I’d just love it

  • geordietom

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #5

    and this is one of the reasons dont post as often on here…

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #6
  • Jib

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #7

    The loss of Almiron has focussed minds at NUFC
    Che Adams looks like he has the pace that Miggy

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #8

    geordietom, don’t worry about it marra. There’s an obsession with Jib amongst a small but vocal group of posters on here and they see multiples of him everywhere. It becomes annoying but they’ll not stop accusing folk, you’re best off just ignoring them and moving on.

    Just be aware that your posts, as those of carltoon, are very much appreciated by the majority.

  • geordietom

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #9


    i’ll take your advice mate … just sick of the griping on here is all … but i’ve moved on now…

    we’ve got better ( or worse ) things to talk about like Rafa staying …

  • geordietom

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #10


    lmao mate cheered me up …

  • geordietom

    Apr 29, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #11

    saturdays match boy did we miss Almiron …

    then Perez went off injured we had very little going forward …

  • Toon&oot

    Apr 29, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Atsu has not been productive all season. He’s supposed to be an attacking midfielder but the stats simply don’t back that up. Surely if we are to move forward he is one of the players that will go!


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