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Paul Merson forgets what he said about Rafa Benitez last month with latest laughable expert opinion

2 years ago

When giving his ‘expert’ opinion, Paul Merson acts like a kid.

He bases everything on one incident, or the latest match, not with any deeper insight, as in anything that makes sense.

A bit like my youngest, after Dubravka lets that goal in against Tottenham, he suddenly becomes the worst keeper in the world and should never play for us again, despite the fact he has loved him since he got here and has a keeper’s shirt with Dubravka’s name on it!

Paul Merson is not four though…although his mental age is probably around that.

Merson has been previewing Newcastle’s match at Wolves on Monday.

Not surprisingly he has steered clear of mentioning Miguel Almiron as his expert analysis and research would amount to him declaring that he’d never heard of Newcastle’s new record signing before.

However, he has chosen to talk about Rafa Benitez and believes he will guide Newcastle to a very decent draw at Molineux.

Praising the Newcastle boss to the hilt, Paul Merson declares: ‘Rafa Benitez is tactically very good. He goes under the radar but tactically he is probably the best in the Premier League.’

Merson failing to remember what he has previously said about Rafa….on any number of occasions, including three weeks ago and even only a week and a half earlier.

Just have a look below.

Rafa is now tactically the best but a few weeks ago Paul Merson was saying he couldn’t have done as well as Neil Warnock….

He now praises the Newcastle boss for beating Manchester City and yet less than two weeks earlier he was saying that Rafa Benitez should ‘start thinking of what the fans want’, which according to Merson was that the Newcastle Manager should ‘write off’ the Man City game and instead throw everything at Watford in the FA Cup.

If Rafa Benitez had decided to ‘write off’ the Man City game, Newcastle United would have been going  to Wolves sitting in the relegation zone…

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports – 7 February 2019:

“Rafa Benitez is tactically very good.

“He goes under the radar but tactically he is probably the best in the Premier League.

“He gets results against Man City, so they will be hard to beat.

“Wolves, though, struggle against teams that do not come out against them and they get frustrated – they lost at home at a canter to the bottom club, Huddersfield, so this could a difficult game for them.

“Benitez will have seen that and will not open up against them – if this turned into a ‘you have a shot, we have a shot’ match, I would dread to think what the score would be.

“They will be five at the back, will not move and they will wait for a set play from Matt Ritchie, who is good at them, a little bit of guile, and I could see them getting something from this game.

“Prediction is Wolves 1 Newcastle 1.”

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sports – 26 January 2019 before Watford in the FA Cup:

“In my opinion, Newcastle should write off their next game against Manchester City and go all out in this one.

“The loyal Newcastle fans know their football – they will be thinking the same.

“This is a great opportunity for a cup run.

“If they get Doncaster in the next round then they are in the quarter-finals.

“Maybe Rafa Benitez should start thinking of what the fans want?”

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sport – 17 January 2019 before Cardiff City at home:

“Rafa Benitez couldn’t have done what Neil Warnock has done at Cardiff though. No chance.

“Warnock is pulling up trees. He’s an unbelievable manager.”

Paul Merson talking to Sky Sport – 22 November 2018 (after Newcastle beat Bournemouth 2-1 with two Rondon goals, Merson saying Rafa had been clueless because he’d dropped Rondon (he hadn’t, the Venezuelan was injured) and had been playing Joselu instead (he hadn’t, Joselu was without a start for some 6 weeks despite Rondon’s injury):

the penny has dropped and he has put Salomon Rondon in – they needed a focal point, they were too weak, the ball was bouncing back too quick off Joselu, whereas this lad….

“What a header against Bournemouth!

“You cannot tell me that was not like Malcolm Macdonald or Alan Shearer, brave, put himself across the defender, no one was saving that.

“Rafa Benitez has taken a bit of time – sometimes he looks like he is chopping his hands off to spite his face…


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