Rafa gave his press conference today and one of the things he was questions on was who will leave and who will stay but of course Rafa couldn’t talk about any new players coming in.
As far as players leaving such as Daryl Janmaat or Yoan Gouffran he said it was dependent on the offers that came in.
Rafa Benitez at press conference
So that says that in the next 10 days there could be a lot of churn with players coming and going.
Bur Newcastle have two games to play before the International break that starts next weekend – at home to Cheltenham tomorrow night and at home the Brighton next Saturday and we have to win both games.
If we can do that we will have 10 days to settle down after 31st August because Rafa will know the squad of 25 he wants at the club.
The uncertainly will have gone with the players and they will be able to concentrate a lot better.
Rafa seems to be working on the players; mentality and he wants them to win every game – and get used to winning.
This is some of what he said today:
“We have to get used to winning games.” “We have to be stronger and be sure we can win against anyone.”
“I’ve told the players that we have to approach the game like it’s the most important.”
“I don’t know how many, but we will change players.” “We have had two games in a few days and this will be the third – I don’t want to take risks with anyone.”
“It has to be a team on the pitch that is capable and I have to be convinced that they can win.”
“It’s important to get Mitro back because we didn’t have too many options up front,” “Mitrovic is a different kind of striker. He is strong and can give us some physicality too.”
“To train hard and not be involved is always difficult for any player, so I hope he will do well and he will give us something different.”
“And it could be the same for the rest of the season and he can score a lot of goals – it is a good opportunity for him.”
As Rafa continues to say the most important is the next game.
We play Cheltenham tomorrow night at St. James’ Park in the EFL (League) Cup and we have to win it.
That’s a simple way to think about it.
If we can make it three wins in a row that will be the first time since October, 2014.
That’s when we beat Leicester 1-0 at home for our first league win of the season and we went on to win six games in a row including a 2-0 win at Manchester City in the League Cup.