Rafalution: The Groundwork

by • July 31, 2017 • News, OpinionComments (9)870

Newcastle were a club on its knees, stalled and had no direction before Benitez brightened the corridors with his smile. Many have tried and failed to successfully manage this great club, those who failed have one thing in common – They did not understand Newcastle United, the fans and what the club means. Very few managers have ‘got it’, Benitez is on that short list of managers that includes the likes of Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson.

Young, hungry and with a point to prove. That is exactly what you think when looking at Newcastle’s squad for the coming season. It is in stark contrast to previous sides during the post Sir Bobby Robson period. Rafael Benitez is creating a squad full of players that actually want to be at this club.

Newcastle have operated on the opposite scale, signing big ego’s for big money. The result, usually ending in failure. Benitez understands that you do not need a team filled with big names to succeed. Teamwork, a sense of unity, determination and fight can also prevail. Leicester City epitomised that statement during the 15/16 season.

A sense of realism goes a long way, Newcastle have just been promoted and the club missed out on the money from the Premier League TV deal. As a result the club are operating in a different market to many of the sides in the Premier League. Some players may have a decent price tag, but the wages are ridiculous. Javier Hernandez being a prime example, who on the face of it looked affordable, however his wages would have been a real stumbling block for Newcastle.

Having a squad of players that are determined to succeed at Newcastle is refreshing, it will also go a long way to guiding the club to safety next season. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, safety is the main objective next season. It is about improving and moving forward each season, Newcastle need to become a stable force in the Premier League once again.

The signings Benitez has made so far this summer, show that he is on the lookout for not only quality but the right characters that fit in perfectly with the squad. It is vital that a new arrival does not disrupt the sense of unity this team has. Newcastle United is like a jigsaw puzzle to Benitez, and at the moment he is trying to find the missing pieces.

Newcastle now have a good core of British players, the club have moved on from the French bargains that were very much hit or miss. The club would delve into the French market hoping and praying for another Cabaye, only to be disappointed with a Riviere. Benitez is meticulous, he knows exactly what he needs. The chances of signing another Riviere are thankfully very slim under the Spaniards guidance.

Newcastle are in good shape ahead of the new season, undoubtedly there is still work to be done on transfers. A few more players need to be added, as well as shifting the deadwood that has plagued this club for so long. Furthermore, there are far more leaders in the dressing room, players who will speak up when things aren’t right. Something that was needed in the 15/16 season, with only Jamaal Lascelles making his voice heard.

The future is bright for Newcastle as long as Benitez is in charge. This is not another false dawn, patience is needed but success will come.


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9 Responses to Rafalution: The Groundwork

  1. kenny says:

    Could’nt agree more Graeme, after a slow start to signings I can see a squad taking shape. Who knows, we may be able to put a team out on Fa cup 3rd round day this season !!!

  2. Venny says:

    A voice of reason

  3. Paul smith says:

    I’m sorry, I know it will annoy some of you but I think Rafa’s best 11 will struggle very badly. Not one of these players has shone in the Premier League.
    West Brom, Stoke and Bournemouth have squads of Premier League hardened professionals. We have the players the Premier League didn’t want and a few cut price journeymen ( Jacob Murphy apart ).
    Without a striker and a number 10, because Peres, Diane and De Jong are simply woeful, we just won’t score any goals.

    • Mark Pinckney says:

      Agreed! This team will struggle. I would take 17th position at the end of season right now!

  4. James Butler says:

    Well said. I am sick to death of reading the comments section of the Chronicle. Get behind the lads and lets see what it’s like having a team full of players who actually want to play for NUFC.

  5. So can someone on here tell us what a good season looks like this year? I won’t return until Ashley leaves, but I am interested to know what those that still go are expecting or at least hoping for? My own opinion, no surprise, is that Ashley has no ambition for Newcastle United, but I just wonder what the fans still going are dreaming of? !8th? 16th? 10th? Ashley must be quietly laughing to himself to have removed even the dreams. Don’t worry about annoying people on here Paul, we are all entitled to our views, whatever anyone else says.

  6. Peter Ward says:

    Optimism is all very well but reality strikes in the cold light of dawn. Whether most of these players can really step up is a moot point. We came up as champions but didn’t exactly storm the division. Benitez isn’t a magician although many seem to think he is. We still have Ashley looming over all this and he is unpredictable. I’m not a doom and gloom merchant although anyone who questions the sunny scenarios being put forward is usually damned (and worse). I sincerely hope all goes well but I’m not yet convinced it will. One or two really good signings might change that but they haven’t happened yet.

    • mick says:

      too much deadwood in the squad no one wants them they wont leave good contracts and high wages. Some signed by the present setup Sels or Diame anyone? De Jong the ginger mackem no good last season and will def not work in the prem

  7. KentheMag says:

    Glass half full or half empty?

    Mines half full…👍