Will Rafa Benitez sign anyone for NUFC

The push for promotion is reaching the halfway point, and with the African cup of nations approaching it is essential NUFC cover players who are leaving.

Rafa Benitez has shown a magic touch in the transfer market so far, signing players who will make an impact in the Championship and Premiership should we get promoted.  The problem with the January transfer market is price, and will Mike Ashley rubber stamp any deal if the money is greater than expected.

Rumours have linked several players with a move, some more believable than others, but each one has shown the ability we have as a club to attract players able to do a job in the Premier League.  The magic of NUFC is too hard for players to turn down, if you’re playing for any team in the bottom 5 of the Premiership I would be very tempted to join NUFC knowing what a platform it gives you.  Could you imagine anyone at Sunderland turning down the chance to sign for us?

Whatever happens we have to get behind the team, we are odds on to get promoted and with a strong backing it is important for the club to back the manager.

Steven Taylor leaves NUFC

Steven Taylor has left NUFC after turning down a 1 year incentive based contract.

Making his debut against Mallorca in 2004, Taylor went on to make a further 215 appearences for Newcastle United scoring 13 goals.

Despite being a loyal servant to NUFC it was clear his time was coming to an end, it’s time to rebuild for the future and Taylor certainly wasn’t the man for the job.

Rafa Benitez to block sale of players

It has been reported that Rafa Benitez will be given complete control over who stays at the club, denying star players the chance to leave.

I’m pleased about this because I was worried that Andros Townsend would be snapped up by another club, I believe he is one of the best English players in the game at the moment.

I wouldn’t be as worried about Sissoko being sold, I don’t think he performs as well as he should.  Saying that, I believe in the Championship he could look like a Yaya Toure if he put his mind to it.

It’s a positive step by NUFC as a whole, reverting back to the manager being in control of transfers.

NUFC relegated

Last week I was full of optimism for NUFC following our win against Crystal Palace, especially when they missed a penalty.  But now I am preparing myself for our return to the Championship, because with 1 game left we have to hope Sunderland lose both their games and we smash the current second best team in the country.

If we somehow manage to get a result against Spurs we still have to rely on Sunderland losing their final two games, which I cannot see happening.  Our fate was in our hands, had we won against Villa we’d have at least stayed ahead of SAFC and given ourself a chance.

All we can hope now is that Benitez falls completely in love with Newcastle, and wants to stay to rebuild the club from bottom to top.  If Benitez does stay then it is a positive out of what has been a dreadful season, he could be the future of a Newcastle United that we all want and need.

NUFC v Aston Villa

Can NUFC pull off another win today against Aston Villa?

Personally I believe it will be a tough game for Newcastle, Benitez knows this as the opposition won’t have any stress upon them and will want to perform at home.  We need to get 3 points that is for sure, if we don’t we are as good as relegated because last game of season is a definite defeat.

NUFC need to come out fighting, put pressure on the Villa knowing the fans will get on their players backs.  It’s a fantastic strategy to play, involve fans who have been very harsh against their team.  If we don’t come out the blocks we will allow them to gain a little confidence, which this season has been their downfall.

Benitez has galvanised the club, dropped players that McClaren would never have contemplated dropping.  To me on the outside, I thought Shelvey was pivotal to the team but in reality he has been a large part of the problem.  Sissoko has impressed me too, hopefully today he will be at his very best, demolishing the villians.