Star – Rafa Is Doing A Brilliant Job – He’s Changed Everything


Newcastle are starting to play extremely well this season and not only are we playing well and getting the results, but the team in the last month has become a lot more ruthless and professional in the way we finish off teams.

Getting 3 points on Saturday at Preston was a terrific performance against a team who were near their best form that day, but the lads fought tooth and nail for the win – and we had a little luck at the end of the game.

But that happens when you give 100% in those types of very tough road games.

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Rafa Benitez with his compatriot Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez has also hit some form and he’s scored 5 goals this season and 3 of those came late last month with a brace against  Ipswich and a late goal in the EFL Cup tie at home to Preston.

Perez seems to love working with renowned Spanish manager Rafa Benitez and Rafa vowed when he first came to the club to make the young Spaniard a better player.

And he’s doing that.

Perez was speaking at the successful club’s Foundation Awards dinner on Tuesday night and Ayoze is now a Patron of the Foundation.

This is what the 23 year-old had to say:

“We know we will get our chance to play, which is important, but we have to be ready. It’s a good little fight in between us to be in the team that makes us even better.”

“It’s good competition in a good way and I think that is why we’re doing well and scoring so more goals.”

“Rafa is doing a brilliant job, from the moment he came to the club. He’s changed everything and now things are going much better.”

“Hopefully we can get back to the Premier League and go from there.” “Maybe psychologically, things are much better this year.”

“We’re all ready and focused on the job but the most important thing is we all know what we have to do this season.”

Ayoze has been successfully deployed in the number 10 role this season, but Mo Diame is also in good form at the moment and scored his first two goals for the club recently at home to Preston in the EFL Cup tie.

So it’s a good question whether Ayoze will get a start on Saturday against Cardiff City.

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9 comments so far

  • PK-Norway

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #1

    This morning i was thinking ” Oh no, is Gayle still injured? Still unsure against Cardiff? ” Then it came to my mind ” Wait, we have Mitro :)”.. such a good feeling that i hadnt had in years .. we actually has squad with depth this season?.. Viva Rafa!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #2

    I don’t think we’ll see any bingo teams in before Saturday after last week. Three hours before kick off though. A few came in after 12:00 last week but luckily they were all wrong so I didn’t have to give anyone the agonising news that it wouldn’t of counted.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Bingo Rules.
    Wait until Ed has posted his suggested team
    Only one line up per person.
    State that it is a Rafa bingo line
    No ammendments.
    In three hours before kick off.
    Simples.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #4

    After what sitc said I think we might see a Hanley/Clarke pairing. You never know.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Praying that the job I’m supposed to be going to on Saturday gets posponed.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #6

    To have a five point lead a third of the season in puts us in a fairly good position. Would you put your house on us getting promoted?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #7

    I wonder if Brighton could be tempted by a bid for Knockeart, I doubt it very much.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #8

    Don’t want to see that Judge fella here mind, I think he was looked at purely with an eye on promotion.

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  • ArtyH

    Nov 3, 2016 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #9

    For the last two months I have voted DRAW in these polls, and every time we have won. I went for DRAW again on Saturday 🙂 Hopefully we will DRAW 4-0 😉

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