In the last 6 games Newcastle have gained just 8 points and it’s fortunate that Huddersfield have imploded a little in that time and lost three of their last four games.
If the Terriers had won all four games they would be one point behind us with a game in hand.
But yes, that’s all woulda coulda shoulda, but it does illustrate Newcastle’s slump coming at exactly the wrong time.
The positive way of looking at it is after the International beak we have two wins in three games – 6 points – so an average of 2 points a game, which is just less than our overall average this season of 2 points a game in the 41 games.
Mike Ashley – thinks…
How can I make £300M in three years – support Rafa of course
But the fact we may just get over the line for automatic promotion may even help Rafa in the transfer window this summer, because it will become obvious to all that the squad needs to be strengthened quite significantly.
Owner Mike Ashley has a history of only buying big when the chips are down and generally when we have been threatened with relegation.
But when things are looking good as in the summer of 2012 when we had finished 5th and qualified for the Europe league, he doesn’t want to spend too much money.
In that summer we brought in only Vurnon Anita for the first team squad.
It’s not surprising Newcastle struggled like crazy with the extra games in Europe that season and in the following January Mike was involved personally in bringing in five Frenchmen – to save us from relegation.
So Newcastle struggling may even have a positive effect on the owner – meaning he’s willing to spend some real money.
But whatever happens we still think Mike is not daft and that he will fully back Rafa Benitez 100% this summer.
One reason is that if Newcastle are worth £300M now as a club then we could be worth twice that amount if Rafa Benitez is successful as we think he can be in the next two to three years.
Newcastle could then be worth as much as £600M in 2020.
But that’s always assuming Mike Ashley backs Rafa all the way.
What do you think?