Rafa Benitez had all his players in training this morning with no injuries, so all the new players were fit and ready.
With no injuries in the squad it’s going to be very difficult for Rafa in the next few games because he has 25 very good players in his squad – the number he wanted – and for each game he can only pick 18 players for the squad.
Rafa Benitez in training
Of course as the games come thick and fast in the next three weeks when we play two games a week, Rafa will be able too include all the players and hopefully they will all get some playing time.
At the very end of his press conference early this afternoon he talked about how he was very pleased with the way the players were training, but he said he now has a problem with the squad.
This is what Rafa said at the end of his press conference today:
“I am especially happy with the way they work the things that they do and in football names sometimes mean nothing so I can have good professionals, some good players with good names.”
“But now we have to perform on the pitch, we have won three games in a row, four games in a row with the cup game and we have to continue doing this – I think we can do this – so hopefully we can continue.”
“My main problem is that we have too many players and we have no injuries so obviously good news and very positive but in the end it’s a problem for me because I have to leave players out of the side.”
But that’s a very nice problem to have – and it’s certainly better than the Newcastle squad have been over the last three seasons, when we had so little strength in depth and stacks of injuries that the team often picked itself.
Rafa has already made a huge difference.
Here’s the tough schedule coming up.
September Sat 10 17:30 A Derby County Tue 13 19:45 A QPR Sat 17 15:00 H Wolves Tue 20 17:45 H Wolves - EFL Cup 3rd round Sat 24 17:30 A Aston Villa Wed 28 19:45 H Norwich City October Sat 01 15:00 A Rotherham United
What do you think?