Rafa Benitez is now having a real impact at Newcastle, after having a tough time of it in his first four games when we picked up just one point – the draw at home to Sunderland.
But Newcastle have looked a very good team in our last four games and we have picked up a good 8 points with a couple of home wins and given ourselves a chance of survival in the final two games of this season.
Rafa Benitez is having a huge impact at the club – and 22 year-old Spanish U21 International Ayoze Perez has said that in his latest interview in the Chronicle today.
Rafa Benitez with Ayoze Perez
This is what Ayoze has said about Rafa:
“It’s really good that he’s here, for me and the team.” “We are doing really well. Things are changing at the club and we can all see that.”
“We need to keep believing and keep doing what we’re doing. We’ll try to win the last two games and stay up, but we must go one at a time.”
“When you come on it can be hard to adjust to the tempo of the game, you have to adapt to it.”
“I made the run, but we kept the lead.” “That’s the most important thing.”
Perez is talking there about the chance he missed late in the game against Palace last Saturday – and it was interesting to see Rafa walking off the pitch with the youngster coaching him and giving him advice on that particular opportunity.
It´s great to see Rafa in coaching mode nearly all of the time – and no wonder he is already making better players of some of the Newcastle squad.
If we can keep Rafa Benitez at the club there will be lots of positive changes that will happen on Tyneside, because Rafa is a football man with loads of experience at some of the world´s top clubs.
That´s a huge positive contrast to people like Lee Charnley running the club.
Lee knows very little about football – and that lack of practical football knowledge linked with some sheer management incompetence he has shown over the last two seasons are major reasons Newcastle have been fighting against relegation.
If we can keep Rafa Benitez on Tyneside, then our future success as a club is almost guaranteed and Ayoze Perez will become a much better player on Tyneside.
But that´s going to be the big test for Newcastle if we cannot avoid the drop this season – how do we keep Rafa?