It would have been good if it was in our own hands to win the Championship but the ups and downs in this league towards the end of a very hard season means that if Brighton win a tough game at Aston Villa tomorrow afternoon they will be Champions, whatever we do.
All we can do, as Rafa made clear yesterday in his very positive and upbeat press conference, was to beat Barnsley and we think the lads can do that to finish the season with 3 wins in a row.
Rafa Benitez – perfect manager for Newcastle
If we do that and Brighton win so be it – and hearty congratulation would go out from us to the gentleman of the game – Chris Hughton, the Brighton manager – and we will go up second with 94 points and it’s been a great season for us.
Rafa, our players and the coaching staff have done what was a much more difficult job than we realized it would be last August, when as Rafa pointed out yesterday we lost the first two games.
We are going to assume that Dwight Gayle will not be risked even if he’s fit so here’s the team Rafa can play tomorrow afternoon to win the game.
It will end a wonderful season for the Newcastle United club – we are now back in the big time and among the land of the living.
Here’s the possible team:
Yedlin Mbemba Clark Dummett
Shelvey (c) Hayden
Atsu Perez Gouffran
Elliot could get his third start of the season in goal and Mbemba could get his last chance to shine in what could be his final game for Newcastle.
And if Gouffran does start that could also be a sign of Yoan’s farewell game at Newcastle – although we are hoping he gets a new deal this summer.
Perez is in form and could start in the number 10 position and the likable Christian Atsu hopefully can have a great game again and score his third goal in three games to clinch his permanent move to the club.
That would be popular signing with the Newcastle fans because this lad is good for the team both on and off the pitch – he has an infectious personality and for £6.5M he would be a very good signing for us in this inflated transfer market.
He’s full of class and Rafa can bring out the best him in the future.
Mitro gets a chance up front so he can show he is still the man for the future Newcastle.
Even if all goes haywire in this last game – which we certainly don’t expect it to – Newcastle fans will still have a celebration to thank our gusty players for fighting so well and proudly this season for the Newcastle cause.
And those at the game please make sure a certain Mr. Rafa Benitez knows we want him to stay at Newcastle for years to come.
Somebody can give him a kiss from me.
And if you think I’m upbeat about the future you’d be right about that.
🙂 🙂 🙂
Howay The Lads!!