What Rafa demands from all his players is that they give 100% in training and 100% when they play for Newcastle – nothing less will do.
If players don’t want to do that, they will have short futures at Newcastle under Benitez.
Rafa admires players who work hard and one such example since he arrived is Yoan Gouffranm, who has been a revelation for us this season as a regular starter on the left wing and he showed he’s not too bad up front either as a single striker.
Sammy Ameobi in action against Rotherham
Rafa has been extremely impressed with Sammy Ameobi – with his general positive attitude and his hard work on the training field.
This is what Rafa has said about the 23 year-old as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“Normally, when you prepare your squad, you have an idea.” “Look at Rolando Aarons. He had a cruciate ligament injury.”
“You have to fix that problem.”
“Sammy has been great for us, working hard in training since the first day, and when he goes on the pitch he gives you quality.”
“Sterry is also coming back and will increase competition.”
“You have to be sure to improve your players and make sure they give their best.”
So we expect Sammy to be used as an impact sub by the manager and he could get another run out today against Derby.
We’d also like to see Jamie Sterry get some playing time – whenever he’s played for the first team he has never let us down.