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3 Everton subs cost more than Newcastle United team – Just saying

4 months ago
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Everton were two goals ahead with 25 minutes remaining, yet still lost to Newcastle United.

That’s Rafa Benitez that is.

After a shocker of a first-half from Newcastle when they had been a distant second best.

Rafa got them in the dressing room and got them back focused on the job.

Made changes to the tactics and formation, then sent them back out to win the game.

Most teams would have simply gone to pieces after being comprehensively outplayed.

Especially when you take into account that both manager and players had to get over that crippling few minutes around the half hour mark.

Jordan Pickford not sent off, Ritchie’s penalty saved, Richarlison makes it 2-0.

Newcastle got their defensive discipline back, looked at different ways of threatening the opposition goal, using longer balls to Rondon to get United up the pitch.

Eventually it paid dividends and after that first goal NUFC were on a roll, Everton shrinking  in the wake of Newcastle growing in confidence and purpose. The away side crumbled as Rafa’s players finished them off.

Money has to be acknowledged as well.

People are keen to say money doesn’t necessarily buy success but the people who say that aren’t usually the ones supporting clubs that don’t spend much.

Once again Rafa Benitez produced a result against the financial stats.

Newcastle’s starting 11 cost £65m:

Dunravka (£4m), Yedlin (£5m), Schar (£3m), Lascelles (£4m), Lejeune (£9m), Ritchie (£12m), Ki (£0), Hayden (£5m), Perez (£2m), Rondon (£0m), Almiron (£21m)

Three of Everton’s subs cost £68m:

Mina (£27m), Schneiderlin (£21m), Walcott (£20m)

In fact, Everton’s subs bench cost £97m in total:

Add in Tosun (£20m), Davies (£0), Steklenburg (£1m), Lookman (£8m)

Newcastle’s subs bench was £30m in total:

Darlow (£4m), Manquillo (£3m), Diame (£5m), Shelvey (£13m), Kenedy (£0), Dummett (£0)

Total cost of Newcastle’s  entire 18 man matchday squad was £95m, compared to an Everton bench alone which cost £97m.

Talk about against the odds.

This is before you get to the likes of Pickford (£26m), Sigurdsson (£44m), Keane (£26m) and Richarlison (£35m) who all started.

It is comical how much the media made of Mike Ashley backing Rafa Benitez with the signing of Almiron. Yes it is good that Newcastle were allowed to buy him but when Everton had four players on the bench who cost as much if not more than the Paraguayan, it tells you what Rafa Benitez has been up against.

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