Ciaran Clark had his best game for Newcastle at his old club Aston Villa on Saturday and the Villa fans will have seen how improved Ciaran has already become under Rafa Benitez.
But that’s why players want to join Rafa Benitez – they want to improve their game and work for a successful side that can win things.
Hopefully that will be the case with Rafa Benitez at Newcastle – if it isn’t it will certainly not be for the want of trying.
Ciaran Clark in action on Saturday
Ciaran Clark was second in our Man of the Match polling to DeAndre Yedlin and he had an excellent game at the back next to Jamaal Lascelles.
But he knows he may not be starting on Wednesday night against Norwich City and that’s because of the manager’s well-worked rotation policy as Rafa tries to keep the players fresh and fit for what is a long and very tough season.
This is what Clark said after the game on Saturday:
“I’m happy with the last few games I’ve played.” “We all know the way it goes here. We’ve got a big squad and top-quality players.”
“We’ve all bought into the way we’ve been rotated and kept fresh for certain games.” “We’re all happy with that and know how it goes.”
“We know the drill.” “If I wasn’t selected, that’s the way it would have been.”
“I would have wished the lads all the best and given them 100% support.”
Maybe Grant Hanley or Chancel Mbemba will get an opportunity at the back on Wednesday night in what is yet another important game for Newcastle.
A win would keep us in contention at the top and that’s what we want to see.
Wins against Norwich at home and at Rotherham would be good before the long two week International break and it would keep the Newcastle fans upbeat.