Newcastle Star – Benitez Has Got Every Blade Of Grass Covered

Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is now getting match fit as he attempts to get his place back in the Newcastle goal from the impressive Karl Darlow, who has played really well for us so far this season.

Rob has been coming back from that serious ACL injury he picked up playing for Ireland against Slovakia in late March in the Euro 2016 qualifier – and he’s had time to watch how Rafa Benitez has literally transformed the Newcastle squad and elements of the club too – all in a very short nine months.

Rafa Benitez – with players in training

Rob says he was not only surprised that Rafa agreed to stay after we were relegated, but that he agreed to join us in the first place back in March.

Rob says you can see the difference he has made already.

The goalkeeper had this to say in the Chronicle:

“No-one expected to him to stay. Actually, no-one expected him to take the job in the first place.”

“It’s been a surprise really. Not only did he come in and do the best to try and keep us up, he’s stayed and you can see the improvement.”

“He’s putting everything into it and we’re responding to that.”

“He comes in and works hard every day. It’s very tactical. He makes sure we’ve got every blade of grass covered.”

“You can see the results on a Saturday. We hit a bad patch and he doesn’t let it affect us.”

“We just get back on with it.”

News today that Newcastle are in for 29 year-old Robert Snodgrass of Hull who has turned down a contract offer at the club, as he looks to leave next month and Newcastle are the favorites to sign him for £5M.

He would be an excellent signing for us and certainly will add to the competition on the wings.

His contract runs out next June.

Comments welcome.

Note: Reader Elliot Little will be braving the sub-zero temperatures on the Great Wall of China this Christmas to raise money for mental health charity MIND.
Elliot will camp out with his friend on Christmas Eve overnight on a challenging section of the wall before trekking around the relatively under-explored area of Jiankou on Christmas Day.
Here’s more information on the trek and his justgiving page.

6 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Dec 22, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #1

    I see Brighton have some ‘winnable’ games coming up at home (QPR and Cardiff) and they don’t really play on paper any difficult teams until they face us in Feb I think.
    Reading and Huddersfield will drop a few points over the next month.
    Typical of Newcastle to cause our own problem with Shelvey ban unless the lad is totally cleared via the appeal.
    I do think Rafa will bring someone in during the first week of January. I also think he will be a very good player.
    Why risk promotion over 10-15 million that we have in the bank (35 million at least).
    Whether or not Rafa goes for a loan or permanent is up to what is available.
    I am quite excited to see who will be coming in.
    Rafa, trust.

  • jazzyp

    Dec 22, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    With an eye on the Pl I would hope we would be looking at targets better than the likes of Delph or Gestede.
    We have to many players that are Championship standard at best, Never mind bringing in more.
    Please let’s not make make the same mistakes of past campaigns and set our stall out from the beginning

  • Mag52

    Dec 22, 2016 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Snodgrass, good acquisition if we get him. Bit of a free kick specialist, and regular open play scorer.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Dec 22, 2016 at 8:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Never mind RAFA’s Bingo on selecting his next team v Sheff Wed

    10 days till the transfer Window opens and the speculation is hotting up on who we are going to sign…

    Rudy Gested – Villa
    Robert Snodgrass – Norwich
    Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea
    Fabian Delph – Man City
    Alan Judge – Brerntford
    Saido Berahini – West Brom
    Sebastien Haller – Utrecht
    Callum Wilson – Bournemouth
    Daryl Horgan – Dundalk
    Nicolas Pepe – Angers
    Youri Tielemans – Anderlecht
    Maxime Poundje – Bordeaux
    Charlie Taylor – Leeds Utd

    13 and counting

    All been linked with the TOON on this blog during the past week

    time to open a window on WHO we will sign if anyone!!!!!!!

  • Bambams

    Dec 22, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #5

    You have started something there !

    We probably have a better chance in predicting who we will sign than Rafa Bingo !

    I think it could be Snodgrass or Messi !

    You never know fella….

  • mindshaft

    Dec 22, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Rudy Gestede – haha , his agent must be on crack if he’s putting out that we are interested in signing him … Gestede is a proper donkey of a player , my granny has more ball control – wouldn’t even take him for nowt


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