It should come as no surprise to Newcastle fans that Rafa Benitez will continue to rotate his players in the last 15 vital games of the season, when we probably need 30 points to ensure automatic promotion.
Newcastle now have all their strikers back fit again after Dwight Gayle thankfully returned late in the game at Norwich on Tuesday night and is fully fit after his hamstring problem.
Rafa Benitez in training
And as with other players, Rafa will continue to use Gayle, Mitrovic and Murphy up front as the lone striker as Newcastle look for the goals that can get us promoted and back to the Premier League in May.
Each one of the three upfront men offer something different to the team – and Rafa has again this morning talked about what the lads offer.
This is some of that Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle:
“Gayle could have started but Mitrovic was doing well.”
“To be fair before Gayle came on we were a threat in the air and winning second balls.”
“It’s important for the team because Gayle’s another type of striker.”
“We need players who can do well for the team. We have players who can hold the ball and be a target man and Gayle is somebody who can run and make his own chances and take them.”
“It’s good for the team.”
Dwight Gayle has already scored 20 Championship goals for us this season, but Mitro and Daryl Murphy can still end up heroes this season, if they get vital goals in games that finally gets us promoted.
That’s why Rafa always wants them ready and we have seen Daryl come into the team when needed and score 3 goals in 3 games, so we know both Mitro and the big Irishman are important players for the team.
We need every one of the players in the squad fit and ready when required – and then to do the job for the team when called on.
It’s as easy as that really.
What do you think?