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Rafa Will Fight To Keep These Star Players For Next Season


There was instant chemistry between Almiron, Perez, and Rondon what they first plated together in early February after Newcastle finally brought in the 24-year-old Paraguayan from Atlanta United.

Rafa had wanted him in the summer of 2017 after we had been promoted and that is one of the reasons Rafa was so frustrated in that summer two years ago.

It led Rafa to say he was buying the players he could rather than the one he wanted to buy.

Salomon Rondon – may not be staying at Newcastle

That was a statement specifically about Almiron becasue (as usual) Mike Ashley wouldn’t open the Newcastle coffers to buy Almiron.

Rondon and Perez had started to play well together even before Almiron arrived and Miguel gave us a whole new threat on the left wing with his speed and sill.

Perez has itchy feet at the moment and seems more interested in leaving Newcastle than staying.

As for Rondon, he turns 30 in September, and Rafa faces a fight with the owner to buy him for £16.5M from West bro in the summer.

It’s doubtful Ashley will cough up that kind of money for Rondon.

Let’s not forget that Perez has 12 goals this season (11 in PL) and Rondon has 11 goals (10 goals in PL).

So 21 goals are coming from these two players – we have scored 38 goals in the PL – so they are providing 55% of our league goals this season.

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44 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Rafa needs to sort himself out first.

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 9, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Jail previous
    Yes, very bizarre but over the past decade, I call it normal service being resumed. 🙂

    2
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 9, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Mag52
    Good post, do agree with those points you made.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #4

    Let’s just hope he doesn’t fight to get the Danish bean pole he wanted for 20mill. Or Kennedy that he made much noise about pre season. And Murphy. That’s 50mill could have been wasted. We balance this up against great buys like Ritchie, ki. Schar etc. The overall is positive but its all about balance and fairness isn’t it Jail? Big picture, not reactionary screaming or pretending I wanted other lesser managers in front of him, isn’t that right. In my case I didn’t agree with rafa tactically in some games, especially in the first two seasons. But because I articulated the point where I felt it was necessary, you still pretend i hate the man. Comical. I do agree that my comparison with Sam about player development was inaccurate. And silly. Hands up on that. I’ve no issue admitting to being wrong. Anyway, back to the current, let’s hope we get rafa signed up and maybe stay 10 years before choosing his successor. Oh sorry Jail, didn’t you say that I was trying to shove the man into retirement before? Hmm, not sure how you managed that one.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 9, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Munster,
    You left out the bit about riots and comparing his tactics with your hairy arse!

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  • Average_Contents

    May 9, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #6

    The plated each other?

    Immature I know but gave me a giggle..

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  • Moonraker15

    May 9, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Munster
    For me, a big positive of having Rafa is we don’t go into games expecting to get hammered like we used to under previous managers. In fact I always think we have a chance of winning.
    Make no mistake without Rafa we would be in the Championship with this squad, even though we have some good players, because the standard has been raised in the prem.
    Therefore, if Rafa is allowed to buy better we will be competing top 8 and in a few years we could be back at the top where we belong.

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  • hibbit

    May 9, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Moonraker15
    i agree mate all things are possible, unfortunately just not under Ashley 😉

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  • Mindshaft

    May 9, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    We all know the buying policy, one purple out , one purple in – this hasn’t changed, anybody else coming in is in the bargain bucket category on both fee and specifically wages.

    We also use some random accounting method where we include lifetime of wages on top of purchase price, so If we get 20 milllion for Perez for example we can get maybe an 11 million player paying him 3 million a year over a 3 year contract and thats all the money gone – anyone thinking we can get a spend 20 million transfer fee on a replacement player is wide of the mark

    2
  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Hairy arsed tactics

    😆

    1
  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    May 9, 2019 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #11

    No problem with people who don’t want to be here getting a move – the issue is who the Fatman gets to replace them.
    If we get £50M for Hayden and Perez you can guarantee that will be the transfer budget – i.e. no new money.

    On top of a weak squad we will be fighting for 17th again ……
    If Rafa goes – Championship here we come

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 9, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Matty longstaff linked to Bradford for next season on loan. They may have been relegated to league 2 now but if there is no good opportunity for league 1 or championship I would not hesitate in sending him there. Their manager is Gary Bowyer who was great for Sean longstaffs development at Blackpool.

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  • geordietom

    May 9, 2019 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #13

    just back from sunny spain ….

    3 hour delay due to french strike …

    glad to be home sleep in me own bed …

    so are we getting sold to these mexicans then or what anyone have any news ….

    and not

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  • geordietom

    May 9, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #14

    just back from sunny spain ….

    3 hour delay due to french strike …

    glad to be home sleep in me own bed …

    so are we getting sold to these mexicans then or what anyone have any news ….

    and not TOON22 dont give a shite what he puts in here same old crap off him day in day out …

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 9, 2019 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #15

    And u23 playoff final is on Monday?

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  • ronaldo aarons

    May 9, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #16

    Report – How much Newcastle want for Hayden
    According to a report in the Telegraph, Newcastle will not entertain offers less than £20m for Isaac Hayden this summer.

    That will be just short of 10x the price Newcastle paid for him back in 2016.

    West Ham and Crystal Palace are said to be interested.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 9, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Lee Ryder
    ?Verified account @lee_ryder

    #nufc ‘s U23 play-off date with Southampton at St Mary’s is on Monday night at 7pm.

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  • lochinvar

    May 9, 2019 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    There was always talk of the core of the team down the middle being the most important.
    In our case that’s Rondon/Perez , Hayden/Longstaff , Lascalles/Lejeune and Dubravka.
    Two are currently injured, three are subject of transfer speculation.
    That’s close to needing a rebuild and that costs.
    Ashley needs to keep Rondond and Perez and ideally Hayden but that ship may have sailed for the right reasons but he’s worth way more than £20m to money bags like West Ham.
    Rafa will know this.
    Doubt Ashley sees it the same.

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  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Just seen Jack Ross on SSN talking about
    the unwashed playoffs.
    I’m sure he wears make-up.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 9, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #20

    ronaldo, Matty is only just 19 and had some good games in the Checkatrade Trophy, playing in an U21 team which beat teams a good few teams from League 2 (Macclesfield, Grimsby and Notts County) and League 1 (Doncaster)

    He can compete in League 1, no doubt, but to guarantee regular matches against senior pros, I reckon Bradford in League 2 would be a good shout.

    As you say, Gary Bowyer is probably well trusted by the club to bring players on.

    3
  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Munster

    Are you Catchy in disguise?

    LoL

    5
  • Optimistic Panda

    May 9, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #22

    If you want to see good you really are when the fantasy football starts on here next season use only 25% of the budget for players.

    Then you’ll have roughly the budget Rafa has had.

    Who ever sorts the FF could randomly pick 5 people to try this and we can compare next season how well they did compared to this season.

    You’ll probs get one or two decent signings the rest will be a leap of faith.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    May 9, 2019 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #23

    I agree we are at a point that is finely balanced. If ashley gets rid of rafa i expect that to go seriously pear shaped because its like i have always said, you have to show not just the fans but also the players that you want to build on what you have or they lose interest and trust in the project. I see every player with any quality wanting out if rafa goes.

    We need to get rafa signed up asap (latest straight after fulham). Then act really quickly to first of all bring in rafas targets before the outgoings start that then require replacements.

    Do i trust ashley to do any of that right…nope. We will get a yes man and we will go down like sstone. ashley simply hasnt got a clue how vital rafa is at this point. Pivotal moment in our history.

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  • 9

    May 9, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #24

    We all know the score. The owner can’t find a buyer at his desired price so, though he’s got other fish to fry and is sick and fed up of his purchase of NUFC, he’s staying until he gets his price. In the meantime he hasn’t the slightest intention of hanging his ideas ( from his point of view, why on earth would he?) so it,s so Long Rafa and hello misery.

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  • 9

    May 9, 2019 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #25

    *changing

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  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #26

    9

    MA hasn’t once tried to sell the club,it’s his usual lie to quell the protests and justify a total lack of investment

    You really think he’s not managed to sell 7 straight times?
    You really think the Mansours didn’t have the cash ?

    He’s no intention of selling the club

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  • martoon

    May 9, 2019 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #27

    Mindshaft @9 – It is weird but you would think the opposite is true if we sell a player then we save on his wages for the rest of his contract and therefore you can add them to his transfer fee?

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  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #28

    No I’m not catchy, 22, but I’m kba munster office. Obviously.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Ah jail allow me a bit of hyperbole. If spurs with their football traditions had got rafa there woukd have been serious shit hitting the fan. The talk ins wud have been full of it. Rafa doest suit Spurs, Madrid, arsenal etc. I’m not saying he’s bad – far from it. And I think you know that. Rafa’s ‘compact’ (his ever present word) football suits us, Leicester etc, not clubs who pride themselves on panache like Madrid. He suits us to a T with our history of drama on and off the pitch and awful defending. I do think he was on the verge of messing up big style in the transfer market but I’d be confident that if he spends 50mill now he will get us 3-4 highly capable players.

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  • 9

    May 9, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #30

    toon22 @26
    As I said, he will sell just as soon as somebody meets the price that suits him. You cannot seriously doubt that for, if you do, you must believe he will own NUFC until the day he dies, a most unlikely proposition some may think.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 9, 2019 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #31

    Munster

    So winning trophies doesnt suit the top 6

    Hmmmmm

    3
  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #32

    toon22
    MA hasn’t once tried to sell the club

    That lying bastard George Caulkin

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 9, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #33

    If you followed Munsters train of thought
    (God help you)

    Bobby Robson was shite coz Barca didn’t want him and we wa the best club he could hope for!

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  • Ron Knee

    May 9, 2019 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #34

    Lawrenson:

    “The big questions, as ever, for the Magpies are will manager Rafa Benitez stay, and will he get the money that he wants to spend?

    “I think the answers are ‘yes’ and ‘no’… but he will get some of it, and enough to make some more improvements to his squad.

    “We already know Magpies owner Mike Ashley is never going to splash the cash, because he could give Benitez £100m and he is realistically only going to finish seventh, at best.

    “They are halfway up the table (sic) right now, so how many more places up the table are they going to get as a return for his money?

    “That is Ashley’s way of thinking. He is a businessman and Newcastle made an £18.6m profit last season, so he is never going to agree with the fans urging him to spend.”

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  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #35

    Lucas Moura has more than repaid his much criticised
    £25M transfer fee from PSG.
    Spurs will receive £86M from UEFA for appearing
    in the CL final

    3
  • ShirebrookToon

    May 9, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #36

    And they can pay the remaining balance on Sissoko now

    3
  • Jib

    May 9, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #37

    They won’t though

    2
  • Rotonda heights

    May 9, 2019 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #38

    Munster

    I think your ”tactical genius my arse” comment after barely 3 games in charge will forever show your short term outlook and footballing judgement in an extremely poor light. Fickle can’t begin to describe it.

    Last season Kenedy looked outstanding, does Rafa have second sight that he would have such a dramatic fall in form. It’s well documented that Murphy and Muto were not Rafa’s choices. You don’t say ”I think he’s a striker” re – Muto if you really want a player.

    We constantly have this back biting from you re – Rafa. Why not get it off your chest and say what you really feel, ie you’re not a Rafa fan and leave the back covering alone.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    May 9, 2019 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #39

    Munster

    Brian Clough went to Leeds when Don got the England job, the Leeds players refused to play for him and he was let go within weeks.

    Does that make Clough a crap manager?

    The players at Man u refused to play for Jose and he got the bullet, does that make him a crap manager?

    The same players at Man u are starting to do it to OGS, yet a couple months ago they played for him and weren’t too bad, is OGS a worse manager now than he was 3 months ago?

    If players and fans dont get behind a manager with a proven track record they’re forking idiots!

    To claim they’re outdated finished or not good enough like you do with Rafa is talking utter bollocks

    If you want to be successful you all have to pull togther, unfortunately Rafa Clough and Jose were all screwed over by politics at the clubs they were at. Nothing to do with style of football or anything else, player power and politics.

    Unfortunately players have to much power now, once a manager could get a player out the squad or sell them. Now they’re stuck with them because the clubs value the revenue generated by star players more than the managers opinion, even if that player is a bad egg.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Rotunda I didn’t thínk you were as absolutist as some but whatever. I think rafa is v good and has grown on me. But on this site what you say two years ago applies now? For example at the time I said we were shocking and defensive at home to Sunderland. I stand by that. Some people are too afraid to dissent here. I’m not like that. But it’s strange that I can’t praise rafa for, say, Leicester a couple of weeks ago because I disagreed with his set up and approach two years ago against Sunderland home or villa away , or some games last season, or against the lower teams at home. That’s a valid opinion and I don’t really care if some don’t like it. I wonder was fergie ever criticised or, are we so traumatised by pardew and Co that we are not allowed comment positively and occasionally negatively about a better guy like rafa. Strange place this blog.

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