Things on Tyneside are buzzing at the moment as Rafa Benitez seems to be doing everything right in his new job at Newcastle and last week secured three new good signings in just three days .
In came goalkeeper Matz Sels, striker Dwight Gayle and right winger Matt Ritchie and they will definitely strengthen the squad.
Jamaal Lascelles against Crystal Palace
What a goal-saving tackle this was!
Everybody is really upbeat about our chances of getting promoted first time next May, but center-back Jamaal Lascelles – one of the stars under Benitez last season – has warned that we cannot become complacent or expect it’s going to be easy.
This is what Jamaal has said today on nufcTV:
“What we can’t do as individuals and as a team is get complacent,”
“We can’t go there and think ‘We’re Newcastle United, we’ve got these players and we’re going to walk it’, because it’s not going to be as easy as that.”
“Players in that league are tough, it’s going to be physical and there are more games.”
“You play Saturday, Tuesday some weeks so we’ve got to train hard and get our fitness 100% and go there with the right mentality.”
“We’ll listen to what the gaffer and the staff say, and whatever direction he takes us we’ll follow.” “We’re just really looking forward to it.”
“We know where we’re at, you’ve just got to take it on the chin. It’s football, it’s life.”
“It’s a test for us now but we’ve got great quality, great talent in the changing rooms so we just need to put it on the pitch.”
“Bringing in these new signings is a massive breath of fresh air, not just on the pitch but in and around the changing room.”
“They’re great characters and lovely lads so I’m looking forward to training with them and getting some game-time with them.”
“Matt Ritchie’s an unbelievable player, he brings a lot to the training sessions so I’m really pleased to have him here, and Gayle’s energy is excellent.”
“But as for the rest of the boys, we’re just pleased to be here and we just want to get the season up and running now.”
The news is that Rafa wants to being in two full-backs and a center-back by next Saturday when the squad leaves for Ireland for the training and bonding camp.
Rafa not only wants the best squad in the Championship for next season, but a big one too so he can rotate players and keep them fresh throughout a long and hard season.
Jamaal’s right – we cannot take anything for granted – we found that out last season when we were relegated after spending a massive £80M on players in the two transfer windows.