Rafa Assesses The Priority Positions He’s Filled

Rafa Benitez has given a lot of interviews since the transfer window finally closed on Wednesday evening and the latest has been with the Chronicle, where he has answered a number of good questions put to him.

This summer’s transfer is one of the best we have had for many years, not only because we have brought in 12 good players, but we also finally got rid of some of the players who were past their sell-by date and were surplus to requirements.

It’s like a new start at Newcastle.

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Daryl Murphy – another option up front

Rafa has come across in the summer as extremely experienced, very sensible and astute and also savvy.

One of the questions put to him was on some key positions that needed strengthening.

Here’s the question followed by Rafa’s answer.

A few positions were a priority for you – center back, striker, left-back and winger. Are you happy with the way the club has strengthened those key positions?

“Yes I am happy. Everyone could see we needed more offensive players, more creativity in the team.”

“So we have Matt Ritchie, Mo Diame and Dwight Gayle who are already doing a really good job for us to create chances and score goals.”

“And of course we added Daryl Murphy which gives us another option up front.”

“Now we have Christian Atsu who is an attacking winger, as well as Achraf Lazaar and DeAndre Yedlin who are attack-minded defenders.”

“We’ve also strengthened in other areas; Gamez, Clark, Hanley and Sels will increase the competition at the back.”

“Hayden will do the same in the middle, so the competition in each position only can be good for the team.”

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Note: My Time Warner internet connection is down at home today because of upgrades being made in our area – so I’ve had to call in at our local Starbucks to do these articles today – hopefully things will be back to normal tomorrow – with the emphasis on “hope.”