Benitez Addresses The Leadership Issue At Newcastle

As we mentioned last night Siem de Jong could become a very important player for Newcastle under Rafa Benitez during the final eight games of the season, as the Newcastle manager looks to use the Dutchman’s experience and skills in the Newcastle team.

It turns out that Siem is still part of the senior leadership group that has apparently been asked to take on added responsibilities since Rafa has arrived at the club.

It includes players like Jack Colback, Daryl Janmaat, Moussa Sissoko and captain Fabricio Coloccini.

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Rafa Benitez – not many leaders among footballers these days

For a few years now the Newcastle squad has been accused of lacking enough leaders – and Rafa Benitez has talked about this potential problem today in football in general and not just at Newcastle:

“Believe me, it’s the same at the majority of teams now,” “You have good professionals, but you don’t have too many leaders.”

“For me, the leaders have to be an example on the pitch, outside the pitch, and they have to have the respect of the other players and staff.”

“I think that now, with social networks and things, they think about themselves and don’t normally think about the team.”

“We are trying to keep everyone together, and to realise how important it is to stick together now.”

That’s an interesting point the manager raises about social media and players thinking only about themselves.

But things like Twitter seem only to encourage people to talk about themselves all the time  – that’s the way things seem to have gone over the last few years.

Tweet – I am now in a restaurant about to have a fillet steak.

Who cares?

But there again I’m an old-timer these days so what do I know?


Maybe if Rafa stays on he can bring in a player who is not only top class but has leadership skills and can become the captain at Newcastle.

But there again he may already have his captain in waiting in Jonjo Shelvey.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.