With Jonjo Shelvey;s sending off last night he will miss the next three games and then with his personal hearing on his FA misconduct charge being heard two weeks on Monday it’s very possible that Jonjo could miss the next eight games – at a minimum.
With Newcastle’s mini-slump of three successive defeats, Rafa will be concentrating on which players he needs to bring in next month to ensure we can be promoted this season.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
It would be an almighty tragedy if Newcastle are not in the Premier League next season, but that’s always possible – so promotion must remain the number one priority.
Newcastle already seem short of players who could replace Jonjo in the Newcastle team, so we would expect Newcastle to look at signing a play-maker who could come straight into the side and make a difference next month.
That would seem to rule out a player like Alan Judge of Brentford, who will only be returning to light training from his broken leg next month.
We have been linked with 19 year-old Anderlecht playmaker Youri Tielemans, but there will be other players that Rafa has in mind who could possibly come into the squad.
Of course there’s no need to panic at the moment since we still have five games left to play this year and there’s no particular reason why we couldn’t win all five.
Certainly in the current situation we need to put together another winning streak.
We could also lose top place today if Brighton beat Cardiff in south Wales this afternoon.
But we have full faith in Rafa Benitez to fix this current situation and keep Newcastle United moving forward.
Certainly the players showed last night they have passion, fight, spirit and guts when they wear that famous black and white striped shirt.
That’s got to be a huge positive for us this season.