Rafa Benitez will rely on Newcastle´s more experienced players during the vital eight game run-in to this season, with the distinct possibility that Newcastle can be relegated for the second time in just seven years from the Premier League.
What happens then we have no idea, because it will be a complete and utter disaster and bought on almost completely by the incompetence of those running the club from the top.
Rafa Benitez in training
So Rafa is unlikely to use younger players like Rolando Aarons and he has not planes to recall 19 year-old Adam Armstrong from his season long loan at Coventry.
This is what Benitez told the Chronicle when asked if he would recall Adam from his loan spell:
“We must allow him to stay on loan. At this time you need experience.”
“We have players that have to manage the pressure. Maybe it could be fine for him to come back, but you never know and you can’t take any risks.”
“I prefer to go with senior players with more experience.” “People with experience like Papiss Cisse who know the atmosphere and all about playing in front of 52,000 people..”
“I think you have to be sure you know what you will get on the pitch.”
“He is a great lad and he is doing well. But there is a big difference between playing young players and those with experience.”
Good words there from the manager about one of our biggest young hopes for many years.
But Benitez will rely on experienced players like Papiss Cisse and Siem de Jong to try to save Newcastle from the drop – who hopefully will come to life under Rafa through the end of the season.