The Chronicle is reporting today that Rafa Benitez will appoint additional medical staff next week and that is part of the manger’s efforts to vastly improve the club’s injury record, which over the last 10 years has been little short of disastrous.
The club have continually topped the Premier League injury table every season and last season was no exception.
Rafa Benitez – must improve injury record
The following table is made up of one point being given every time a senior player misses a Premier League game through injury last season – and we have a massive 397 points and well above second placed Liverpool on 284 points.
Swansea are at the bottom with only 49 points and notice Premier League Champions Leicester had only 77 points.
The new medical staff coming in will give additional medical care to the players and hopefully will help solve the problem that has dogged the Newcastle squad for over a decade now.
Apparently Rafa has been going through the injury records for the squad over the last few seasons trying to pinpoint what exactly is going on and making the necessary recommendations for change.
The major problems Newcastle have with their injuries are called soft tissue problems such as hamstring injuries and they are ones that should be able to be avoided.
It’s interesting that additional staff are coming in and that no non-playing staff have been laid off this summer – so Newcastle have to be complimented for that.
In 2009 when we were last relegated about 150 non-playing staff were laid off that summer, at the same time as highly paid players – essentially responsible for the relegation – coudn’t get out of the back door quickly enough.
That wasn’t good.
Newcastle have handled the situation must better this time around – obviously due to the enormous influence of Rafa Benitez.
Now we must get promoted straight back to the Premier League and having players not picking up injuries in training will help Rafa field stronger sides for next season.
That will all help in the massive push for promotion.
Rafa has already had new 4G pitches laid in the indoor training center and also at the Youth Academy in an attempt to reduce the number and extent of injuries for next season – and they have replaced the older and out of date 3G technology pitches.
This is all part of Rafa rebuilding the Newcastle United club from top to bottom and as expected – he’s not wasting any time in getting vital changes made.