Striker – The Way Rafa Has Got Us Playing Is Just Fantastic

Newcastle travel to Oakwell for tonight’s game against Barnsley and we are hoping we can get another win and 3 points under our belts.

Newcastle have finally made it into an automatic promotion place in the league and we are second top and just one point behind Norwich.

From now on we have to press on and try to get as many points on the board as possible – as quickly as possible.

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Dwight Gayle – Newcastle’s number 9

Rafa Benitez is now starting to show why he’s one of the best managers in the world as he has molded Newcastle into a good team that’s willing to fight when the going gets tough in games.

We have a number of strong characters in the team and it starts with our 22 year-old captain Jamaal Lascelles whose attitude is just fabulous and it’s a lot of responsibility for one who is still young and fairly inexperienced.

But Jamaal is doing a very good job as the Newcastle captain.

One of the stars of the season so far for Newcastle has been our number 9 striker Dwight Gayle and he doesn’t seem to be fazed at all about wearing that iconic number 9 shirt – in fact he seems to love wearing it.

He has been interviewed today and this is what the Walthamstow-born striker had to say about the pressure on our players:

“We try not to think about it.” “We don’t particularly listen to media so much, we just try and focus on what we do and our jobs and try to build up team spirit.

“It’s going to be tough because we know everyone comes to St James’ trying to beat us. We’ve got to deal with that the best way we can.”

“We might not have done it at the start of the season but we’ve picked up and we’re on our way now. Hopefully we can maintain that.”

“Twenty goals is where you start and I just want to be winning games for the club,”

“The main thing for me is not even goals, I just want to get promoted and get back up to the Premier League with the club.”

“We need to score goals to get promoted and I’m happy to help out but we’ve got other great players in there as well.”

“You know the previous history it’s had and how big a number it is.” “To play in front of the fans every week is unbelievable.”

“Everyone’s behind me and the team’s helping out fantastically in terms of assists and the quality in the team is fantastic. I’m relishing playing with the other boys in the team.”

“I’m perhaps not the biggest or the strongest but the way Rafa Benitez has got us playing is fantastic for me.”

“It works wonderfully and long may it continue.”

With 9 goals already in 11 total appearances for Newcastle, Dwight may have to increase his goals target for the season above (just) 20 goals.

Bottom line is that we hope he can keep banging in those goals for us and another goal tonight at Oakwell would be very nice.

Here’s the goalscorers to date for Newcastle.

PlayerLeagueCupsTotal
Dwight Gayle23023
Mat Ritchie12416
Ayoze Perez8412
Yoan Gouffran527
Aleksandar Mitrovic426
Mo Diame336
Daryl Murphy516
Jonjo Shelvey505
Christian Atsu505
Ciaran Clark213
Jamaal Lascelles303
Isaac Hayden202
Grant Hanley101
Chancel Mbemba101
DeAndre Yedlin101

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