Rafa has given his press conference today for the Derby game tomorrow and he seems pleased with the fitness and form of the new arrivals at the club.
Since the International break started 13 days ago Newcastle have managed to sign Christian Atsu, Daryl Murphy and Achraf Lazaar and from what Rafa has said today they are all fit and ready to play.
Achraf Lazaar with Rafa Benitez after signing
Daryl and Achraf are permanent signings, and Christian is on loan for the season from Chelsea with an option to buy in the summer.
This is what Rafa had to say about the new arrivals:
“Each player is different, so it depends on how they adapt and train and if I have to play some of them they can play, if they have to wait they will wait.”
“I think they are ready, I’ve been really impressed with them and we’ll see how they adapt.”
“At the moment some players have an advantage because they have been playing, so they have more chances to play in this game.”
“When you are winning four games in a row, maybe it’s not the right time to have a break.”
“But players have been out to play for their countries, have picked up confidence, and come back with no problems and ready to play.”
“In this case, Mitrovic played for Serbia and Gayle has had time to train so they can be in the squad.”
“I was watching (the Serbia vs Ireland) game and pleased to see Daryl score an important goal for his country.”
Newcastle are on a four game winning streak and we really hope we can make that five wins in a row tomorrow at Derby County.
And it’s a good question as to what the Newcastle team will be, with our new arrivals apparently all ready to play.
What would your team be?