Rafa Benitez will almost manage it at Burnley.

Probably just the one step away from it on Monday night.

Pretty sure he hasn’t come close before.

When it comes to naming a full Newcastle United team that he has signed.

That’s right, this next starting eleven could have been a full Rafa Benitez recruited team if Yoshinori Muto was available.

This is the likely team v Burnley:

Martin Dubravka (£4m)

DeAndre Yedlin (£5m)

Federico Fernandez (£6m)

Fabian Schar (£3m)

Javier Manquillo (£4m)

Matt Ritchie (£12m)

Mohamed Diame (£5m)

Ki Sung-yeung (£0)

Kenedy (Loan)

Salomon Rondon (Loan)

Ayoze Perez (£2m – Bought when Alan Pardew was manager)

So 10 of that team above recruited by Rafa Benitez for £39m, an average of less than £4m per signing.

Then you have the likely subs bench:

Christian Atsu (£6m), Ciaran Clark (£5m), Jacob Murphy (£10m), Joselu (£5m), Isaac Hayden (£4m), Achraf Lazaar (£3m), Karl Darlow (£4m – Bought when Pardew was manager)

Another six Rafa signings costing £33m, with Karl Darlow the odd one out.

Making it 16 Rafa Benitez signings out of the likely matchday 18 man squad, costing £72m for the 16 averaging £4.5m per signing.

Not bad going when you consider Rafa Benitez has only been allowed to buy players in three of the five transfer windows.

It also shows a couple of massive obstacles the manager has had to face in just over two and a half years at the football club.

Firstly, the sheer turnover of players as he had so many jumping ship after relegation and in particular, so many who weren’t good enough and/or had bad attitude.

Secondly, how little money he has had to spend in making such a transformation to the squad. How many other Premier League clubs have a team/squad full of £4m and £5m players?

This is the kind of thing where if the results go badly, the pro-Ashley media will be saying ‘well these are all players that Rafa Benitez signed…’

Which is true…but not exactly the players he would have chosen, with rare exceptions, if he’d had a realistic amount of money to spend.

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  • Paul Patterson

    He will never be able to name ‘his’ true team while Ashley owns the club. Benitez is working on a Championship budget at times.

    • Geordiegiants

      Some championship clubs are spending more.

  • Leicester Mag

    The players he signed with a championship budget.

    • Kenny

      the funds supplied for Nufc aren`t even championship budgets now

      • Leicester Mag

        Agreed and yet still 🐏🐏flock

  • Kenny

    Did Rafa sign players, that`s news to me & most likely to him as well.
    Here`s your man, Penfold aka Billy Beane without a laptop,
    he should have asked leazes to do a graph for him

    • nufcslf


  • killymag

    If he didn,t sign them why not come out and say so . Keegan did with the sh#t Wise bought .

  • DeadToiler

    Is it that relevant which players he signed going on for 3 years into his contract? What is important is that he gets the best out of players whether he signed them or not. The ones he didn’t want he’s got shot of now. That’s not saying of course that he wouldn’t like better ones given the chance!

    • Mike D

      The ones he didn’t want and the ones that didn’t want to be here.

  • JohnnyH

    Next season will be the defining moment for this squad, whatever league we’re in.
    Rafa will have left, and cabbage head or anyone else on the manager-go-round who gets the job will not be able to get a tune out of them.

    • Mike D

      Cabbage head 🤣

    • Toontaff

      Napa cabbage

  • nufcslf

    Talk about a squad from 10 or 15 years ago with those prices. And don’t be f**king stupid, the manager doesn’t have the final say on signings only the sh*t he has no other option to bring in at the last minute. Rafa Benitez of his own accord would only have signed possibly two of those player’s. Dubravka and Kenedy. Fernandez, Rondon and Ki…in the last couple of home games…have done well, but don’t think for a minute Rafa would sign them with better options available. Cashley United is a total f**king joke and can’t see anything else but a 11th straight Monday night televised loss in a row.

  • Toontaff

    18 players costing 78 million – some team’s have 1 player costing more than that!