Rafa has brought in a number of good players who have already played in the Championship and hopefully can help us get straight back to the Premier League.
There are six of those players – Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle. Mohamed Diame, Daryl Murphy, Isaac Hayden and Grant Hanley.
In a question and answer session on the Newcastle web-site Rafa was asked if that was important to him to bring in players that already have Championship experience.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
This is how he answered that question:
“It is important.”
“The priority for us is that we get promotion this season, so we had to focus in the window on getting the right players for this division.”
“The Championship is tougher and more physical, but still with good quality. Players who already have experience in the Championship understand the way the game is played already.”
“And they can also help the rest of the squad to prepare for the style of football and the character that you need to succeed in this division.”
Rafa has also said it’s not the right thing to do to build a Premier League side when we are still in the Championship.
Things are more physical and the schedule is really tough down below, but it seems we have done really well to bring in 12 good players this summer.
Rafa can now build field two different teams at Newcastle and it would be hard to know which one of those would be the better side.
He now has two good players – and sometimes more – for each position in the team.
We have to say Rafa and Lee Charnley seem to have done really well working together this summer.
However we know the proof of the pudding is in the eating.
We should know better after October 1st when we will have played six more league games and the 3rd round of the EFL Cup.
We need to win as many of those games as possible.
Seven wins would be good.