Newcastle United kick off the 2018/19 season, having had a successful summer in the transfer market, buying Kenedy for a club record fee, loaning Marcus Rashford for the season, and filling the problematic number 10 spot after quickly breaking that new transfer record with exciting signing…

I’m not saying this is going to happen, in fact at this moment in time I have pretty much zero hope that it will come to pass, but that doesn’t stop me at least dreaming.

The thing is, this level of investment and progression shouldn’t be seen as unachievable and I’m sure Rafa Benitez sees this as more than just a vague possibility.

The Marcus Rashford link has come via The Mail suggesting he could go out on loan and claiming that Leicester, Everton and Newcastle United have all registered their interest.

Loans between Premier League clubs have sadly become an ever greater presence in the English top tier, with the richer clubs stockpiling ever greater numbers of the promising young players, then loaning most of them out to both further develop them and help pay their wages.

Newcastle have rarely gone down this route, Mike Ashley not seeing the value in paying out big wages and sizeable loan fee, then helping increase the value of an asset for another club.

When Newcastle didn’t buy a single player in summer 2013, Ashley was then forced to allow the year long Loic Remy loan which worked out spectacularly well.

Christian Atsu was a lower level loan deal which has worked to an extent, the player doing ok in the Championship then contributing to a degree last season in the Premier League after a permanent move.

The Kenedy loan deal in January though, showed just how much a loan signing in the attacking positions could change the whole mood of the team.

If, and it is a big IF, Man Utd were to loan out Marcus Rashford, they wouldn’t let anybody else in the top six have him, so why shouldn’t Newcastle be a contender?

Just look at how well Everton did with Lukaku, when loaning him from Chelsea, then when buying the striker, plus when they sold him for massive money.

Leicester’s main man is Jamie Vardy , Everton spent £27m on Cenk Tosun only five months ago, whereas it would be easy for Newcastle to make Rashford their main man up front.

With Lukaku the central striker, when Marcus Rashford does get a game it is pretty much always in a wide position.

He is clearly desperate to play through the middle and show what he can do as the main forward at a club, in his first three seasons he has scored five, five and seven goals in the Premier League. He clearly has the potential to score 20+ goals if given the chance, his performance and goal the other day for England backs that up.

As for Newcastle United, it will be criminal if we don’t make a strong play to buy Kenedy this summer, a bid of £15m+ would surely tempt Chelsea where the winger stands no chance of ever getting regular football.

Then if Rafa Benitez was similarly backed to bring in a new number 10 of similar quality to Rashford and Kenedy, everybody would be bouncing.

In today’s market, around £40m for this trio to enable them to line up for Newcastle next season would be a real bargain, especially if Mitrovic went out for the best part of £20m or so to subsidise it.

With those three signings giving the added flair and goals, it would then complement Matt Ritchie in completing the attacking quartet, his workrate and willingness to track back meaning his lack of real pace or ability to beat a man wouldn’t be such a negative.

With Diame and Shelvey sitting in the midfield I think you are getting the picture…

A bit like Kenedy arriving in January, Newcastle are desperate this summer for injections of real quality in a number of positions, with the defence needing less immediate attention it allows the vast majority of any budget to go on creativity and goalscoring.

Rafa Benitez is pragmatic and would be happy to do whatever it takes to progress, including a mixture of buys and loans.

All he needs is the green light from the fat controller, then he can get to work.

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  • Sickandtired

    What if Mike Ashley was found to be the world largest donor to the poor and disadvantaged?
    Yeah, that isn’t going to happen either.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      If he was, this lot would moan that it’s not being spent on Nufc.

    • Come&TakeIt1836

      “Give me your (sick and)tired, your poor,
      Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
      The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
      Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
      I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

      There are a lot of presumably unintended references to The Statue of Liberty in that post… 🤔

      MA and Donald Trump seem to have several things in common… not the least of which, along with Frank ‘New York, New York’ Sinatra, they can claim “I did it my way.”

  • Leazes.


  • Liam Hogg

    Someone’s spent too much time on fifa

  • Steven05

    I did enjoy reading the article tho

  • Kazie

    That’s a dream but what’s the point of getting Rashford if we have next to no chance of signing him after the loan…that is why I would rather go for a player like Abraham on loan because we can buy him after.

    • ghostrider

      Abraham turned us down. Why would we go back for a player like that?
      Getting in a loan player like Rashford would make massive sense for 2 reasons, possibly 3.

      1. He’s going to want to show his real worth to us fans and to Mourinho/Man Utd.

      2. He gives us scope to build in other areas.

      3. If all went well it’s possible to sign him and knowing what he can do rather than hoping or guessing a newbie signing on long contract, high transfer fee and high wages,

      Rashford is begging to be played and Mourinho is not guaranteeing him that. We could, among others.

      Dream or not, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility.

      • TheFatController

        Fantasist. Are you on medication ?

        • JonMag

          if not he needs to be

        • ghostrider

          Medication…..medication…….medication, that’s what you need. If you want to be the best….if you want to beat the rest, oh ho…medication’s what you neeeeeeeeeeeed…..if you wanna be a record breakerrrrrrrrrrrrr, yeahhhhhhhhhhh.

      • Kazie

        He only turned us down because he wanted to get game time but now Kenedy can pursue him especially if we can get Kenedy which I’m positive Rafa is trying his best to get… Abraham is the perfect striker for us…

    • 1957

      Abraham was really poor for Swansea, his goalscoring record was similar to the Hoss, hopefully (though not likely) we might look for better

  • GlasgowMag

    Such is the extent of our demise under fat boys tenure we can’t even compete for the crumbs left over from the top ten club table in the premiership!! If you want a more realistic view look at the bottom teams players including the promoted teams who cannot get a game this is where he is looking!!!

  • Paul Patterson

    Or we could at least attempt to sign Kenedy outright at £25m.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      That does not leave a lot of money for a striker.

      • Paul Patterson

        I don’t think it’s unreasonable to sign Kenedy, Dubravka and a £30m striker. £60m rough spend and that’s before sales.

        • Kazie

          We going to sell Mitrovic and buy Kenedy then Rafa is going to use the loan market and get in a striker and then we done for the window even though we need more players.

    • JonMag

      he wont spend £20m on a player, so you can forget that

  • Dillon Tovak

    Surely Man U will have to lose Martial this summer, therefore are they actually going to loan out Rashford too?

    • JonMag

      don`t talk sense on here or they`ll troll you

  • Andynufc

    FFS! Nufc currently have a Striker (Mitro) out on loan who is banging the goals in for club and Country and we’re hoping for loans deals for players. Mitro is still only 22 and can only get better. He’s starting to look like a real number 9. But let’s not worry. We still have Joselu smh

  • FatParosite

    You’re buying Bishop hype Matthew Robson…. stop it.

  • ManofKent2015 (the real one)

    When was the last time a current England International was sent out on loan after returning from the World Cup? Woodward would be lynched and strung up over the Ship canal if he allowed it.

    How do you keep disgruntled fans distracted when you ain’t going to spend in the transfer market? You identify unattainable players and then drip feed stories into a tame malignant media knowing that the players clubs will ultimately squash.

    Any Geordie who falls for this garbage deserves such cynical manipulation. You’ll be more likely seeing Unicorns than seeing Rashford in a Newcastle shirt

    • panther

      Therell be 52000 of them there first game of the season

  • JonMag

    dream on.

  • Jimmy_toons

    Then we’d have a new owner.

  • Awaymag

    We got Rossi when he was an prospect at Man utd so why not Rashford?? He needs game time and he will play for us week in week out and we are no thret to man u chasing the title or in Europe. Kenedy has had a taste of the good life being a regular starter at a club that needs a player of of his abilities so he is a realistic option and as good as any, as for a number 10 if we shift some dead weight and shop well then we can get a decent one in.

    I am a dreamer I know but it could happen. Who would have thought we would have when we where all shouting for Pardews head?

  • Mxpx

    Rashford? I Don’t believe the hype if he comes here he will be no better than Dwight gayle he’s no world beater he doesn’t really score alot of goals which is really what I’m looking for in a striker

    • Mal

      Rashford no better than Gayle. Really?

      • Mxpx

        He only scored 1 more goal than gayle last season both in 35 appearances surrounded by far better players than gayle I often give gayle a hard time but he’d have bagged more than Rashford had the roles been reversed I want us to sign a proper goalscorer I’m all up for Rashford over joselu though

        • Mal

          I’d never criticise Gayle as he’s been a good buy for us, and he always gives 100%, but I don’t think he’s PL standard. Any Championship club who buys him would be almost guaranteed 20 goals though and a very good chance of promotion.
          Rashford is 7 years younger and for most of the season was never played as an out and out striker but parked out on the left wing. I think he’s undoubtedly international class and will develop into a top class PL player – still it’s all about opinions. I’d love us to get him and then the two of them could play together, but I doubt it’ll happen. Can’t see Man U letting him out on loan anyway.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Rashfords pretty great if you ask me. People poo their knicknacks over Mitro, Rashford is younger has done far more at a much higher level.

      • Mxpx

        Rashford has scored 3 goals In 19 appearances for England which is actually really low for a striker mitrovic has scored 16/37 for Serbia Rashford hasn’t scored as many as 9 in a Premier league season yet either which mitrovic did in his only premier league season in a team that got relegated I just don’t think Rashford is a top player

        • Dillon Tovak

          Mitrovic is Serbia’s focal point and plays every single game.
          Rashford isn’t even second choice for England.
          Whenever I see rashford play I’m impressed, that goal he scored against Liverpool and Costa Rica are the types of goals I’ve never seen Mitro even attempt.
          Rashford also rarely gets a chance as out and out striker too, so the stat comparison is slightly unfair.

        • Mal

          I think your reference to goals and appearances for Rashford are misleading. I think he started in less than half of those games, in many he was on for probably half an hour or less and in some he was actually playing on the wing. Not knocking Mitro though – I would like to see him given another chance.

  • Dingus

    Although I don’t think it’s realistic, I’d love to see Rashford at Newcastle. I think he’s a great player. Definitely deserves an England start, ahead of Sterling. He’s really good with the ball at his feet, confident, pacey… Could probably do with improving his finishing inside the box, but that may come with time and experience. He is persistently and unfairly overlooked by Mourinho in my view. And when he does get game time, it’s often in the wrong position. One of the reasons England have so few options to choose from, the youngsters don’t get game time. Players like Rashford simply allow clubs like Man United to fulfil their homegrown quota.

  • Mal

    I can’t really see Man U loaning out Rashford. We might get Kennedy back on loan but I don’t think the new manager will want to sell him until he’s had a good look at him.

  • TheNutJob

    loans & free contract players that`s what we`ll get in this window, Jezza`s right about Fatty, add to that he`s power mad and want`s to show Rafa that he`s the
    Big Boss

    • Vodkamagpie

      217mil spent, you blind

      • TheNutJob

        against how much taken in & would that be over 11 years
        you`re the one who`s blind, must be the dodgy vodka

        • Vodkamagpie

          Oh my, you guys preach a load of rubbish with no clue with the facts, all sheep following one another. 217mil spent over the last 4years and current window . 134mil sold over the same period, this might be the 20th time I’ve mentioned this, which is a huge obstacle in your general moaning claiming Ashley doesn’t spent money, we will only get free transfers, loans, blah blah …

          • Mal

            I think if you’re going to defend Ashley you have to look at his performance over the 10 years of his ownership. I think average net spend per year over those years is only around £6 million. Unfortunately he spent around £100 million during McClaren’s reign with the not unsurprising results when you appoint someone sacked by a championship club. We now have a world class manager who needs to be allowed to make a reasonable amount of investment to take the club forward. With the money now flowing into the club this should be possible. Ashley doesn’t seem interested in having any sort of reasonable working relationship with Rafa.

          • Desree

            That’s because we buy rubbish we can’t sell or we buy great players and treat them like dogs.

            Rafa doesn’t make the decisions on hiring. Someone at the club needs to be held accountable for talent acquisition and development.

            Surely this is where money should be spent?

    • Leazes.

      Jezza is certainly a guy who knows good sense!

  • Kazie

    Realistically I’d go for Danny Welbeck.. His on his last 12 months of his arsenal contract and could look for Game time now..

    • robbersdog

      Welbeck is paid around £120k a week at Arsenal; there’s no chance of him coming to Newcastle.

      • And he’s not even better than Ayoze in my books :D

  • robbersdog

    I’d love to see Rashford at our place, in the same way that I’d like Halle Berry to fall in love with me, ie, it could happen, but only in my dreams.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    If it takes loan players to line Ashley’s pockets every year, that’s what will happen. He’s discovered a new way to stay up without investing as much. Loans should be banned and squads cut down to 18?

    • nufcslf

      Agreed, plus whatever money the clubs gets through tv….free money…has to be spent on transfers, new contracts and so on, not pocketed by none football minded greedy business only owner’s. This has to be about football again and not what player’s or owner’s earn. Not interested in that at all with the football being such a load of shyt most weeks to boot.

  • Foggy

    The Premier league need to cap the number of players a team is able to loan out and the age limit should be 23. Furthermore, there should be no loans between premier league clubs. The loan system IMO is just another example of the rich getting richer and the abject greed that is killing football.

    I’d also say I’d rather have my 6 mill back on Atsu. Didn’t offer much last season especially considering he is entering his peak years.

    • Down Under Mag

      I agree something needs to be done about the richer clubs stockpiling players. Particularly young players…we’ve seen many of them have their head turned by a big club and big wages/fees and have their career ruined from lack of minutes on the pitch.

      Atsu isn’t too bad a player, does his job and keeps his head down. Would love a bit more end product to his game but he isn’t a complete waste of money at 6m.

    • ghostrider

      We live in a world where the rich get richer and the poor see to it that this is always the case….or else.
      That doesn’t just apply to football, it applies to all walks of life.
      Until we all become a wolf pack and not herded sheep, it’ll always be the case.
      The pen is mightier than the sword. The gift of the gab rules.

      It gives power to the few who can use it. The power to control the rest and reap the rewards of the toil of the rest and the riches it brings.

      Football is just another segregated class war played on the people, no different to armies of the world in terms of status.

      That’s why a piddly little island like the UK can be some big cheese in the world against mammoth countries.
      It’s all one class controlling the classes of masses they segregated to create a fairly well oiled ongoing control.

      In life in all matters, football massively included.

  • nufcslf

    What if Cadhley wasnt’t the owner and someone with a football brain was. This is why dreaming is a complete waste of time. Odds on favourites to be relegated with f**k all going to happen while the fat lad remains.

    • ghostrider

      A football brain?
      Can you explain what you mean by this, in terms of what an owner would do to the betterment against an owner that apparently has no football brain.
      Also, why would we be odds of favourites to be relegated when we finished 10th and a summer of transfer activity?

      • nufcslf

        No knowledge of the sport of football, only greed. The sheep that still fill Sports Direct Arena only add to the fat c**ts destruction of what was once upon a time a club worth living and dieing for. Odds on for relegation because the manager that somehow got this Championship squad to10th will no longer be at the club along with the few who he can sell for self profit. Simple really. As for a summer of transfer activity, back to being your laughable best.

        • ghostrider

          Once upon a time a club that was worth living and dying for?
          It’s all nice and all that with feelings of sentiment and nostalgia. I do it myself at times.
          I remember the days of supermac up to present day.
          I remember all the owners/custodians of the club.
          I also remember when things weren’t going well….no Ashley by the way….our attendances fell to 18,000 at times and even lower.

          Who was dying for the club then…or are we talking about the 50’s cups or the war years when we were winning titles?
          Or are we talking about the Keegan flirt for the title or Sir Bobby?

          I’m just trying to think of this worth dying for carry on.

          You see, you mention a manager that somehow gets us to 10th but in truth take your pick of all the managers below that 10th that also were close to 10th.
          All Rafa’s?
          Or did they get so much more than Rafa or was it pundits and media and basically bandwagon jumpers who placed him on a massive pedestal as some kind of genius getting a SUPPOSED championship team to 10th.

          Considering the dire teams we were up against, I think most managers could have done a similar job with that squad and maybe even a little better.
          However, it’s all if’s and but’s and Rafa did it.

          Any other manager….or most in that season playing like we did in the main, wouldn’t have been placed on any pedestal in my mind…but, that’s open to discussion.

          As for the sheep. I agree we are all sheep…but think about this.
          Man City can’t even fill their stadium even with their trophies and spends.
          You see, the hope has all gone for those fans in the main, to be replaced by simple expectation.
          Too much of a good thing.
          Strange isn’t it?

          And yet there’s us under a so called monster owners who just wont spend and covers the stadium (which is his) in his other business advertisements which somehow casts some kind of anti title winning spell on the club .
          And yet we fill that stadium.
          Is that due to what we’ve always done, which is support the club called Newcastle United and still always hold on to hope, regardless?

          If you’re going to use history against Ashley then you need to use history…not just cherry pick some part of it that appears to give comfort whilst wishing the rest away.

          We’re in a much better state of health than a lot of clubs outside of the subsidised elites. This is because Ashley is not stupid enough to chase the hare. he knows it won’t be caught unless the mechanism constructed by the powers that be, falters.

          Only then do we have a hope of catching it.

          • nufcslf

            I’m fully aware of the fact that when I was 3 the Fairs Cup was won and that will be it in my life time. There has been KK and Sir Bobby with pure football, which is all I give a f**k about. Cashley’s 11 years have been pathetic and nothing to do with football and only self profit. Bottom line is you seem to see a future with this piece of filth and I simply don’t and never will.

          • ghostrider

            It’s not that I see a future with him, it’s a case of me bei8ng a Newcastle United fan/supporter all my life and I’m not going to spend too much time putting down an owner who’s saved this club from a fate that could have been worse than Sunderland is right now.

            He might not have played a Sheikh like card or went gungho and gave out presents but he’s still in charge of a club that’s still a premier league club after 11 years of his tenure, regardless of the ups and downs.

            In his time we’ve had a manager of the year….2 championship titles and a stint at Europa.
            It’s not much on the scale we all want but it’s a lot more than most clubs get.

            From this point on we go again and see where this ride takes us…but we’re still fighting and we’re still strong as a club financially, in terms of holding our own.

            Of course we all would love much more. We can dream of more. Hope for more but sometimes it’s better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.

  • Rashford, Kenedy and a left fullback would be great.
    Rafa should give Arma/Mitro a run in pre-season if huge offers don’t come before that.

  • Lostprofit DBC

    If it happens a) make sure you haven’t had one too many b) test your blood pressure c) make sure you aren’t watching Fantasy Island.

  • Desree

    If Kennedy was available for 15m Ashley would have bought him. Surely even he can see a 100% profit on that deal?

  • Vodkamagpie

    Has anyone seen pione sisto play, could be a option. Left winger, plays for celta vigo/Denmark