Rafa Benitez will be welcoming back his players today and tomorrow after their exploits last night in World Cup and European U21 qualifying.
And we already know that Chancel Mbemba picked up an injury and had to leave the pitch in DR Congo’s 2-2 home draw against Tunisia.
But we do have Florian Lejeune and DeAndre Yedlin available, so Rafa should be able to field a good side at Swansea.
Aleksandar Mitrovic will be suspended for the first of three matches after his ban for violent conduct by the FA.
And Jonjo Shelvey will be available after serving his three match ban for being sent off in our first game of the season against Spurs.
Rafa will have to use his magic to transform our team into a well-organized outfit who are difficult to beat, and of course, he’s a good enough coach to do just that.
And we looked (very) good against West Ham although the Hammers collapsed badly in that second half during our last game when we got our first win of the season.
Rafa Benitez will want to concentrate on football
Rafa may not even want to talk about the transfer window in his Friday press conference and may take the position that he just wants to do his best with the team he’s got through the end of the year.
Most people are expecting us to struggle this season, but with Rafa at the helm, we should be able to pick up enough points to keep above the relegation zone.
We really hope that’s the case – another relegation fight is not what we want to go through (again) this season.
Rafa will be telling players like Henri Saivet, Dwight Gayle, and Jack Colback that they are still needed in the squad and that they should put any past problems behind them.
Rafa’s got his squad, and he will want to create a strong spirit amongst the lads, and we need to keep picking up wins – somehow.
Joselu is likely to lead the line over the next three games in Aleksandar Mitrovic’s absence, and during that time Dwight Gayle will be the only other striker available.
Javier Manquillo will be expected to retain his place in south Wales after some decent games for Newcastle at right back.
We need to lift the atmosphere at Newcastle and even forget about owner Mike Ashley’s latest attempts to keep Newcastle a mediocre side at best in the Premier League.
The Newcastle fans will support the players and Rafa Benitez, and we’ve done well in the past with that simple policy.
With Rafa bringing in some good young players like Mikel Merino, we could even have a better squad than we realize.
We are hoping that’s the case.
Howay The Lads!!