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Over £40M Worth Of Talent Rafa Brought In Will Be Shipped Out On Loan This Summer

There’s news today that Newcastle have completed a loan move for Yoshinori Muto, who has moved to Spanish side Eiber on a season loan.

Muto was signed two years ago by Rafa Benitez, and he hasn’t made an impact at Newcastle, so it’s good for Newcastle and it’s good for the player that he moves out, so he can get some playing time.

Muto was signed by Rafa Benitez from German club Mainz two years ago, and it’s been a poor signing.

He follows Florian Lejeune to Spain, after the French center-back moved to Alaves on loan earlier this week.

Florian’s career at Newcastle has been interrupted by two serious ACL knee injuries, but it’s still possible for the Frenchman to have a career at Newcastle, if he can have a good season on loan.

Rafa Benitez talking to new signing Jacob Murphy back in 2017

That’s doesn’t seem to be the case with Muto, unless he has a very successful goal-scoring season in Spain.

Florian cost £11.5M from Eibar three years ago, and when he has played he’s often looked the part, especially when Rafa was here.

But he did not get many games under Bruce last season, with Bruce preferring central defenders Lascelles, Fernandez, and Clark, who came in from the cold.

Those are two good loan moves for Newcastle.

We also expect there will be no trouble in moving out Jacob Murphy and Dan Barlasar on loan.

The clubs they went on loan to last season, Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday, respectively,  are desperate to get them back for this season.

Newcastle still have to move out Rolando Aarons, Henri Saivet, Achraf Lazaar, Christian Atsu, and perhaps US International DeAndre Yedlin.

The last three of those were signed by Rafa Benitez, so a number of players Rafa brought in do not seem to be in Bruce’s plans.

We paid out a total of £41.5M for Atsu (£6.5M from Chelsea) Lejeune (£11.5M) Muto (£9.5M) Murphy (£10M), and Yedlin (£5M) so they have not been good long-term buys by Rafa.

That’s an indication of how, if you keep changing managers, it becomes expensive, as different managers have their own preferences on players and formations.

We used to be in churn a lot of the time, when the late Freddy Shepherd was the Chairman at Newcastle.

Steve Bruce is doing extremely well in the summer transfer window, and he seems to have an excellent working relationship with owner Mike Ashley, who still, thankfully, wants to sell the club.

If he can offload players we need to, and manage to bring on in one more striker, it will be the best transfer window we have had in a while.

Good for him.

Here’s the state of transfer at Newcastle right now.

Mark GillespieFree agentMotherwell
Jeff HendrickFree agentBurnley
Callum Wilson£20MBournemouth
Ryan FraserFree AgentBournemouth
Jamal Lewis£15MNorwich
Transfer Fees paid out£35M
Rob ElliotReleased
Jack ColbackReleasedNottingham Forest
Jamie SterryReleased
Liam GibsonReleased
Nathan HarkerReleased
Víctor FernándezReleased
Freddie WoodmanSeason loanSwansea City
Kell WattsSeason loanPlymouth
Tom AllanSeason loanAccrington Stanley
Florian LejeuneSeason loanAlavés
Yoshinori MutoSeason loanEibar
Transfer Fees into club£0M
Net Spend£35M

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52 comments so far

  • Mund

    Sep 16, 2020 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #1


    Keys deleted tweets associating him with Gary Hoffman but dinna worry about that because fans kept the lot.

    For the smoking gun that’s anyone’s guess but I’ve always thought it would play some significance if the rumours were true.

  • Tsunki

    Sep 16, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Hail – the situation of Longstaff (both of them in fact) versus seasoned first team players like Hayden and Shelvey is totally different.

    Sean Longstaff is a development player who was progressing remarkably up until his ligament injury March 2019. Bruce rocked up in July. So Sean’s return was to enjoy Bruce’s inimitable coaching techniques, the rest is history.

  • geordietom

    Sep 16, 2020 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Mund …

    i hope its a massive smoking cannon never mind a rifle , blow them out of the water …

  • geordietom

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #4

    gun *

  • Australian Pie

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #5


    Sorry where do you expect us to finish this season?

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Sean Longstaff has only looked a shadow of what he was under Rafa as have both Schar and Lejeune. Obviously Lejeune has been injured but there are players who thrive on organisation and being fully aware of their role in the team and others that prefer to be given licence to express themselves.

    To be fair and balanced although Brucie is no Rafa he has got Manquillo looking very accomplished and ASM busting blood vessels for him which maybe Rafa wouldn’t have .

  • Australian Pie

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    The comments on this blog are hilarious.

    Anyone would think we just lost our first prem match and got knocked out of the cup…. Oops we have kept 2 clean sheets, scored 3, played around 24 different players, progressed to the next cup round and sit in 4th place

    Sorry guys

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    MO SANGARE!!!!!!

  • geordietom

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9

    from the chronicle ….
    NUFC looking at trialist Florent Indalecio
    Via Lee Ryder:

    Newcastle have been taking a look at trialist Florent Indalecio, formerly of St Etienne

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Ffs don’t mention the R word, we’ll have Flo or Vi on pouring their venom into the cauldron:
    “Double, double toil and trouble;
    Critique, firestick and caldron bubble.
    Two little hands that I did shake,
    In the caldron boil and bake;
    The Murphy Money and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat and tongue of new dog,
    Brucie is king and blind-worm’s sting,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble”

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Yup Betty.

    Longstaff just isn’t all that his early promise showed.

    There’s a lot more to it than

    RAfa GoOD, BruCE baD!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #12

    The fact the lad can’t pass a ball anymore and is completely unaware of his surroundings both with and without the ball and loses most of his 50/50s isn’t down to Bruce.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #13

    As for Matty, Bruce literally gave him his shot and if Rafa is responsible for Sean’s first few games, then Bruce is responsible for Matty’s – which were much better.

  • t hibbitt

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #14

    it’s always been a deep rooted problem at the club(no matter who the manager is) we never get the best out off our kids,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #15

    What was the score against Brighton at home that first season back, it was 0-0 last year and we lost 0-1 the year before, bet them 2-0 in the Champo. The last two games all we missed was CF so hopefully that’s now been addressed.

  • geordietom

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit …

    apart from gazza …

  • t hibbitt

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #17

    as long as Wilson doesn’t pick up an injury, or we’re goosed !!

  • t hibbitt

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #18

    tom how many years ago was that ???

  • t hibbitt

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #19

    the last one of any note was AC,

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #20

    It can never be proved if we would have bought Wilson while Gayle was fit but imo with 13 years of evidence and Bruce’s comments on how good Gayle was looking is why I’m not having it that it was a new change of direction in signing Wilson.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Dummet, AC.

  • geordietom

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #23

    hibbit …

    a while back , just answering as you said deep rooted .

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #24

    rafa certianly made some horrible signings

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Steven Taylor is using his PL profile to have a globetrotting adventure.

    First it was Portland, Oregon, now he’s just left Wellington by mutual consent and today signed for Odisha FC in the Indian Super League 😆

    Really wringing every last drop out of his career.

    Tbf he always did look like he was loving every minute of playing, even when he was sliding into posts or pretending he’d been shot. Too keen and enthusiastic at times, a big dafty with no composure, probably the main reason why he was another who never fulfilled his early promise.

  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Shelvey and Hayden are different players psychologically. Shelvey thrives when he has freedom. Under Rafa he was shackled with defensive duties. Bruce has no shape so he can just do what he knows he is good at.

    Sean is much younger. His whole mindset is different. He’s one of the players you need to put your arm around and man manage. That’s why Rafa got the best out of him. That’s the management style he needs. Under Rafa the lad was trending on Twitter.

    Under Bruce he has no idea what to do. He doesn’t have the self confidence yet. He needs leadership and he’s not getting it.

    He is the best talent this club has produced for a very long time and he is being terribly mis-managed.

  • geordietom

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #27
  • DaveD1000

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #28

    he has to keep moving to dodge the Sniper

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #29

    Dalian Yifang still 6th out of 8 in the league.

    11pts from 11 matches.

    Think that’s one project that may go over schedule and end up being mothballed……….

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30
  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Shelvey looks good at the moment the way we play is almost dictated by him but that becomes one dimensional especially when playing a slicker pressing team

    The best form of his career when he played with Diame and there was calls for him to be in the England setup he was immense for 6 months running games

    The way we play under Bruce suits him but I would imagine a better coach would want a more mobile player in there to play a pressing game which we don’t play as we just sit deep all game

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 16, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Why Newcastle’s Joelinton Has Scored So Few Goals
    Tifo football


  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #33

    Like I said to catchy, I think you’re best off waiting till the end of his project there before gloating over his struggles. I’d also keep your powder dry for blowing smoke up Brucie’s backside, it’s going to be another long season with as many leaving as coming in to an already threadbare squad.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #34


    I just like to offer balance. The mythologising of Rafa is hilarious.

    rAFa GoOd, BRucE bAd!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Those Chinese fellas must be too dumb to understand Rafa’s tactical genius of sticking 11 men behind the ball.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #36

    I was wondering who the third witch should be, you and Australian pie were pretty close. I think you’ve just nailed it.

  • DaveD1000

    Sep 16, 2020 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #37

    can I admit still having Soccerstarz Rafa on me dashboard?

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 16, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #38

    No harm in that, Dave.

    I’ve got a Steve Bruce waxwork head in my kitchen.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 16, 2020 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #39

    My bookmark to the NUFC website is to article about Rafa with positive news!!


  • DaveD1000

    Sep 16, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #40

    just to add to my saddo index….I have Matt Ritchie Soccerstarz on my monitor base


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