What we probably need to realize at the beginning of this Championship season is that Rafa is essentially building a new team at Newcastle and he has cleared out some of the deadwood at the club which should have been done a long time ago.
So we probably shouldn’t expect Newcastle to be at their best for a few games yet, but of course fans are impatient and it’s understandable after a completely disastrous last two seasons (with the emphasis on disastrous) which culminated in us being relegated last May.
Dwight Gayle and Rafa Benitez during training
It seems very similar to when Rafa first came in and he took four games with three defeats and a draw at home to Sunderland before he got the ;lads playing really well together.
We went on from then to get three wins and three draws in the last six games of the season, but there is a readjustment going on now.
And a big difference from when Rafa came in last March is that we do have some time and another 43 games to play this season, so we can can hopefully go on some good runs during the season.
Dwight Gayle scored two goals last night and he is starting to look the part for Newcastle.
The 25 year-old has mentioned that Newcastle are a new team when he was interviewed after the game last night:
“We are just a new team at the moment and we are developing together.” “I am sure we are going to improve a lot and we are going to make mistakes, but we will keep going and improving throughout the season.”
“Hopefully we can cut them down and hopefully just keep winning.” “They were very different but if I am honest my favorite one was the tap-in.”
“When you see the ball like that your eyes light up and I am so thankful that the ball is played through to you.”
“I would take loads of tap-ins, they are my favorites!”
Spoken like a true striker.
We expect to see Newcastle get better as more games are played and the players get to know each other.
Rafa will also find those players he can rely on and who will start more regularly in each position.
But the Newcastle manager is also committed to using the squad when we are on runs like we are right now with two games a week – and they really come up thick and fast.
Our next game kicks off in less than 48 hours at Bristol City.
A win in that game would show Newcastle are continuing to improve.
That’s what we are hoping for.
Howay The Lads!!