Rafa Benitez will give his press conference today, and we may be able to gauge what Rafa’s mood is, but we think he will be all business and want to talk about what is a very challenging game for us on Sunday afternoon.
One that Paul Merson the Sky Sports pundit says may end in a cricket score – why is Paul always so much against Newcastle?
Maybe he can answer that question someday in his column for Sky Sports and his predictions every week in the Premier League.
It could be as bad as the predictions last season in the Championship by David Prutton – who obviously was also dead against Newcastle for whatever reason.
21-year-old Kenedy of Chelsea
We are hoping we can get Kenedy through the door on loan and when the report came out early yesterday morning, the Mirror was reporting it was a done deal.
But it’s not official yet although Rafa talked to the player in London on Wednesday and it’s an opportunity for Rafa to get the best out of Kenedy – who is a talented young player but may have some character concerns.
But Rafa will have made sure he talked to the Brazilian and told him what was necessary for the 21-year-old to play for the world-class manager, so we trust Rafa on this.
We think Kenedy will be just fine with Rafa guiding him.
Newcastle still needs three players – not two as I talked about yesterday.
It was a lousy day for me yesterday in a number of ways – even talking about the mystical Anderson in that headline.
Oh well, you win some and lose some – I lost yesterday.
Yes, we need a playmaker and striker, but of course, we also need a third goalkeeper brought in so we can send out the talented young Freddie Woodman on loan.
Mike Ashley still has time in the next three weeks to bring in three good players for Rafa and assuming we get Kenedy in then that would be 9 players brought in this summer.
That’s a good number, but the quality is not what Rafa wanted.
The national press are trying their best to have Newcastle in another crisis – but it’s not a crisis on Tyneside
We have some decent players but yes – we must also unload some high wage earners too in the next three weeks, but that’s also possible.
So we are hoping the owner comes to his senses and even gets involved with Lee Charnley to give Rafa what he wants very late in the transfer window,
With Rafa in charge of Newcastle, there cannot be too many crises at the club – Rafa is too talented a manager to allow that to happen.
He will take the players he has in September and create a good team for the fantastic fans we have.
In Rafa we trust.