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Rafa Wants To Sign International Defender In Bargain Buy

The Sun is reporting today that Rafa Benitez wants to sign Young Boys defender Loris Benito.

The full-back will become a free agent in the summer when his contract runs out, and Rafa will always be looking for bargain buys to bring in better players than we have each summer.

Rafa’s right to say we don’t need £200M – but we do need to pay big money when we need to – to strengthen critical positions.

The three major areas of the team that needs strengthening are at full back, central midfield and striker – maybe two players brought in for each of those positions.

27-year-old Young Boys defender Loris Benito

Benito has been in outstanding form for the Swiss side this season as he has performed exceptionally well in the Champions League against teams like Manchester United and Juventus.

He is a left-sided player who can play left midfield and can also play at center-back.

Benito has been at Young Boys since 2015, and both Watford and Burnley are other clubs are said to be after him.

Benetio has two full caps for Switzerland and from what we can tell he would be a good addition to the team.

Maybe Rafa will finally bring in some competition for local lad Paul Dummett this summer, and Fabian Schar can help get his Swiss compatriot to Newcastle.

If Rafa stays and the summer transfer window is to be successful Rafa will have brought in maybe six or seven new players and moved out a lot of the fringe players who do not have a future at the club.

But Newcastle still have to sign Rafa to a long term deal and give him most of what he wants.

The club have dealt with his contract extension incompetently this year.

But what’s new?

We still hope for the best in the summer and that we can have a much better season next season – these relegation fights take a lot out of you.

Especially when there’s not much there, to begin with.


Oh well – we move forward as usual.

Howay The Lads!

51 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    May 6, 2019 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1


  • Lindisfarne

    May 6, 2019 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #2

    Guardian – Newcastle held their own against Liverpool
    Rarely has a losing manager looked happier. Newcastle were defeated but more than held their own against Liverpool in a game which showcased Rafael Benítez’s tactical abilities. The match DVD could – and should – serve as evidence of precisely why Mike Ashley, Newcastle’s owner, must trust Benítez’s blueprint and allow him autonomy over recruitment. “This is a massive club, everybody wants to see it competing and it’s so clear the potential is here,” said a coach currently negotiating to extend his contract on Tyneside. “You don’t have to spend £200m, it’s a question of doing things at the right moment and the right way. We have to be sure we have the tools to compete at the level we want to compete.” Benítez has certainly brought out the very best in Christian Atsu and Salomón Rondón who both shone – and scored – on a night Ashley needs to remember. Louise Taylor

  • hibbit

    May 6, 2019 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    the guy who sits behind me (who is an estate agent) was telling anyone who listen yesterday that 2 of Rafa’s Spanish coaches have renewed there leases on there Ponteland rental homes !!!!
    ………………….please don’t shoot the messenger 😉

  • welshgeordie9

    May 6, 2019 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #4

    How can we be after him when we don’t know what’s happening with Rafa.

  • Jib

    May 6, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #5
  • welshgeordie9

    May 6, 2019 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Had a bottle of San Miguel last night with Rafa in his swimming pool and he told me he’s staying.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 6, 2019 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #7

    I live next door to him in northern Spain.

  • welshgeordie9

    May 6, 2019 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #8

    And i borrows his 3 wheel van now and again.

  • wynsleap

    May 6, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Talking of incoming players, we need TWO (at least) midfield players. After Diame, Hayden and Shelvey have gone we only have Longstaffe and Ki left and the latter is not the real answer to what we want either.
    Without these purchases and another top striker to go alongside Rondon (not replace him) we will have no better season next year. A good winger is another requirement, however I think the existing defence could get by quite nicely for another season if we don’t sell anyone.
    Let’s build the team slowly in terms of quality, upgrading each department every time without mega money being spent.

  • toon22

    May 6, 2019 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #10

    MA has made so many mistakes since buying us it’s hard to believe he wont pox this up

    But we live in hope

  • Jib

    May 6, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #11

    WE live in hope
    how many alt accounts do you have ?

  • calvinho

    May 6, 2019 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Central Midfield will be an important position next season. Hayden will leave (although his recent performances will have increased his value), Diame & Shelvey will also leave. We do need a player who is more comfortable in possession but also more mobile (see it as a mix of Shelvey & Hayden). Not sure who is the answer is, but would love a sizeable chunk of our budget spent on one to partner Longstaff. A LWB to challenge Ritchie and a RWB is replace Manquillo/Yedlin; both of which have good games and bad games.

  • toon22

    May 6, 2019 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #13


    How many of your alt accounts think MA saved us ?

  • toon22

    May 6, 2019 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #14

    JIB you have been caught out loads of times posting with multiple accounts
    It’s not even a debate anymore

    Funny how you also defend MA isn’t it


  • Jib

    May 6, 2019 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Miggy and Lobby will become a midfield of legend in the future.

    Manquillo Lascelles Lejeune Dummett Ritchie
    Schar Miggy Lobby
    Perez Rondon

    5 – 3 – 2 , my favourite formation – considered dated now – but perfect
    to counter teams that play on the counter attack

  • Jib

    May 6, 2019 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #16

    No Mo for LPool vs Barcelona

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 6, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Nearly came on blog yesterday to add my comments but there was such a massive narcissistic love in by a certain blogger, I couldn’t be ^rsed .

    Look at me I’m the only one who’s right!!!!!!! FFS.

  • hibbit

    May 6, 2019 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #18

    such a pity losing Hayden just when he’s showing his true quality,he’s going to leave a big in midfield that’s going to be expensive to fill.

  • hibbit

    May 6, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #19


  • DaveD1000

    May 6, 2019 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #20

    I have to admit I’m warming to Mannikin, nothing flashy seems to be concentrating on getting the basics done with some nice crosses and runs. Team seems to have a better balance than when Yedders is playing. Lascelles is a concern atm he seems to be struggling to concentrate these days.

  • Jib

    May 6, 2019 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ll try to be less Narcissistic

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 6, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #22


    I reckon there are going to be two or three more stepping up from the U23s including Little Lobby, something more to look forward to?

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 6, 2019 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #23


    Well done mate, although you weren’t at the top of that list! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 6, 2019 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #24

    And as a prediction, Jonjo aint leaving!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 6, 2019 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Can’t add anything to the post match comments, than has already been said.

    Total agreement about that non foul, the Ian Wright reaction sums it up perfectly.

    Thought that there was a foul on Lascelles by Origi for their winner as well, but water under the bridge, the lads were heroes imo.

  • dig-n-dig22

    May 6, 2019 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #26

    I really enjoyed reading your post on the nightshirt the other night ,taking the pi$$ out of the frog. You managed to jpeg 9 months worth of froggy posts into just a few sentences , maybe that’s the answer ? The frog only needs to cut and paste every nine months .

  • Jib

    May 6, 2019 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #27

    Bill was on here in his nightshirt !!!!!!!!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 6, 2019 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #28

    dig-n dig

    Just thought I’d do him a favour to put his little book of collected comments into one grand composition to save him some time and energy.

    It’s a saved item so I will happily repeat on request.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 6, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #29

    Jib just don’t think about, not a pretty sight! 🙂

  • dig-n-dig22

    May 6, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #30

    No fooling you jib well spotted

    night shift !

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    May 6, 2019 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #31

    Would like to see Lascalles have a good break this summer he seems to play through the pain barrier quite a lot especially to try keep us in the league would like to see him 100% fit!

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    May 6, 2019 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #32

    If this kid is good enough let’s get him in, I confused though, did Rafa actually say he wants him? If so once again does this mean Rafa is staying?

    If Rafa is staying I hope he tells Schar to have a little chat with him about playing at St James and how amazing it is.

  • G

    May 6, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #33

    The barber in the Grainger Market says (I know) he knows one of the English contingent of coaches at Newcastle, and appart from the fine details of the contract Rafa will be here for another 3 years, but refuses to agree to a longer deal. I realize this is probably heresay, however, I thought I would share anyway.

  • Ron Knee

    May 6, 2019 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Thanks, G.

  • G

    May 6, 2019 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Thats not to say I wouldn’t love it to be true.

  • TyneMouth

    May 6, 2019 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #36

    The closing date of Rafa’s contract is a little strange.

    It’s generally accepted that his contract terminates on the last day of June.

    However, if my memory serves me well, ( not a certainty these days) Rafa agreed a new contract in May 2016, immediately after the relegation.

    He was certainly wheeling and dealing in the transfer market through May and June that summer.

    A three year contract, terminating on the 30th of June 2019 would have commenced on the 1st of July 2016!

    It’s not important, just typical of the Mickey Mouse business practices of our wonderful owner.

    All water under the bridge now that Rafa will be here for the immediate future…

  • lesh

    May 6, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #37


    Oh yes, ‘…it’s a question of doing things at the right moment and the right way. We have to be sure we have the tools to compete…’

    The short transfer window opens in a couple of weeks and if Ashley genuinely wants Rafa to stay, he needs to either get himself personally engaged with Rafa and sort his contract out or give Charnley the authority to urgently do whatever it takes to get him signed up.

    Assuming he’s successful, Ashley needs to tell Charnley to be prepared/ told to work his bollocks off to get the players Rafa wants and off-load the ones he doesn’t. Ash also needs to get rid of Barnes who seems to get in the way!

    Now if they hadn’t pi$$Ed about for the last year, Rafa could’ve been signed leaving Charnley to have done all the prepcso that incomers are in pronto. We’ve heard Ashley admit to having made mistakes and claim he’s learned from them so can we expect a dynamic and professionally managed close season? Will history repeat itself?

  • lesh

    May 6, 2019 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #38


    It’s likely that the nearest you’ll get to Spain is exchanging posts with Jib and his chums.

    Be nice to them and you never know, Jib might even book you on a fantasy flight from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-llantysiliogogogoch to his fantasy villa on Tracey Island.

  • TyneMouth

    May 6, 2019 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #39

    Rafa will agree to a rolling contract, similar to the agreement Sir Bobby had, the small print will take time in negotiations.

    I have just retired, I was on a rolling contract for the last two and a half years, but it has taken since Xmas to tie-up all the loose ends.

    I wanted to conclude before the end of March, before Brexit, and so did my partners, but with the best will in the world, on both sides, we only eventually reached our final signings and drinks after Easter.

  • toon22

    May 6, 2019 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #40


    How many of your alts are pro MA too ?


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