Rafa Benitez is attempting to improve the atmosphere to be a more positive one at the Benton training grounds as he tries to somehow engineer a way to save Newcastle United from relegation this season.
The Mirror is reporting today that Rafa may banish some of Newcastle’s more moody stars from the training ground and he is ready to identify those players who are not showing the necessary determination or fight and they will not be allowed in the training ground.
Rafa only wants players absolutely committed to keeping Newcastle in the Premier League and maybe for those leaving in the summer – like Cheick Tiote as one example – maybe they are not bothered enough and Rafa seems to have recognized that.
Rafa Benitez – on the training ground
Maybe the ones Rafa is identifying are some of the bad eggs in the squad that have been talked about in the past – and we will see which players get banished – if any – in the days ahead.
Rafa is certainly not messing around since he arrived on Tyneside – and he will get the full backing of the Newcastle fans – that’s for sure.
It looks like Rafa wants to pick the top 20 players who will form the squad who will train together and bond together and be the ones Rafa chooses the team from in each of the final eight games of the season, which will decide Newcastle’s fate.
Rafa wants to improve the team spirit and form a greater bond between the players he thinks have the will, determination, guts, skill – you name it – to ensure Newcastle can survive this season.
This is what Rafa has said:
“I am here because I have to give the team confidence and we have to improve things. Against Sunderland, in the second half, there were a lot of good things but not enough.”
“We now have the international break and we can keep working with the rest of the players that will be here, and hopefully we can improve. We have eight games to play, and we know that it could be difficult.”
“What we have to do is to prepare for the next game, try to analyse what we did badly and try to change these things.”
It seems like Rafa is seeking any advantage he can get, because it looks like Newcastle will need to win five of our final eight games to definitely survive this season – that’s going to be very difficult.
What do you think?