Newcastle got off the mark with an excellent 3-0 home win over West Ham yesterday.
We now have 3 points from our first 3 games with a goal difference of zero – a decent enough start to the season given we lost two players through injury and one through suspension in the first 48 minutes of the season at home to Tottenham two weeks ago.
Rafa still wants some new players brought in over the next four days of the transfer window so we are hoping owner Mike Ashley can help him to do that and maybe loosen up the purse strings a little.
A smiling Rafa Benitez – we know what we need to do
This is what Rafa had to say after the great 3-0 win yesterday afternoon when asked if he still had to bring new players in, as reported in the Chronicle:
“Yes, we have to.” “Nothing changed in the first two games and nothing has changed now.”
“We have a clear idea of what we want to do and will try to do it.” “I don’t know if we can do it – everything.”
“We will try to do the main things if we can.” “No (we didn’t do too well against West Ham).”
“They know exactly what we are talking about in terms of targets and players we have to move out because we have too many.”
“We will continue trying to do this and hopefully we can achieve what we want to.”
“But it’s difficult to say – sometimes it depends on the other teams.”
One of the few negatives of yesterday was when Aleksandar Mitrovic clearly elbowed one of the West Ham players in the second half, and it looked deliberate.
We just hope no retroactive action is taken by the Premier League against him, but that’s more indiscipline from the Serbian.
Both Jonjo and Aleksandar must start behaving themselves on the pitch and not put the team in jeopardy this season.
We have already moved Emmanuel Riviere out to Metz, and we are hoping Siem de Jong’s move back to Ajax is finalized today.
Four new players brought in by Thursday night would be great, but we’ll have to see what’s possible.