Rafa Benitez Heaps Praise On Newcastle Defender

Grant Hanley is a player who may not be fully appreciated at Newcastle and he could still have a good future under Rafa Benitez on Tyneside.

Grant is a dour Scot and a leader both off and on the pitch and those are the type of individuals you want in any successful squad.

Hanley is not the most elegant of players at the back, but the lad can get the job done and he talks all the time and has good communication on the pitch.

Grant Hanley at the end of the game at St. Andrew’s

And it wasn’t surprising he was the Blackburn captain for quite a few years and is still just 25 years old.

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez has praised his performance on Saturday when Ciaran Clark was not missed too much and we kept our second clean sheet in three games, although we have only picked up 2 points in those games.

Rafa has talked about the Scot’s performance in a game that could not have been easy for him because of his lack of match practice and playing time.

This is what Rafa has said about Grant as reported in the Shields Gazette today:

“I knew he would do well, because he has been training really well right the way through,”

“Even when he was not involved, he was always positive and trying to help his team-mates.”

“He is someone who really talks in defense.”

“It was not easy for him, because their striker is really strong, but he did well.”

It’s positive squad players this season like Grant who are the unlikely heroes for Newcastle for the way they have made the team spirit such a vital factor in Newcastle’s promotion drive.

They deserve credit for that – and they’ll get it too if and when we are promoted.

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