Newcastle Can Be Successful This Season – Players Anxious To Prove Themselves


One 0f the reasons we still think Newcastle will have a decent season and finish in the top ten is for a number of reasons.

Our squad is probably better than we think it is and that’s been shown over the last two games when new players like Mikel Merino, Javier Manquillo and Joselu have all looked good.

And there is real competition for most positions in the side, and even Jonjo Shelvey will have a challenge on his hands to get his place in the side with young Mikel Merino looking so good.

Rafa could also play Jonjo in the number 10 position so both midfield players along with Isaac Hayden – all excellent players technically – could be in the starting line-up.

Maybe the biggest reason for success is what we saw Rafa do when he came into the club a year last March, and after four games he had us playing like a top six side with 12 points from our last six games.

Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager

We have a stronger squad than last season and hopefully owner Mike Ashley will allow Rafa to bring in maybe three new players in January.

Another reason for potential success is that our players from last year, who have now been with Rafa for over a year and know what he expects,  are determined to prove they are good enough to play in the Premier League.

Ayoze Perez has talked about this today as reported in the Northern Echo:

“People haven’t really been talking about the players that were here last season, but that is normal when the window is open,” 

“There are always a lot of rumours about what is or isn’t going to happen, and you have to deal with that.”

“There was talk about what players might come in, but we know the team we have and we know how strong we can be.”

“We still have to do a lot of work, and we can improve a lot, but we know how good we are. This dressing room has a lot of ambition, and we all have the desire to win games.”

“That is going to be important right the way through the season.”

“We have players here who went through relegation, and we want to put that right and show what we can do in the Premier League.” “We had to go into the Championship and had a tough year.”

“Nobody feels good when you get relegated, but we worked very hard to get back into this league. Now we are here, we want to show everyone that we deserve to be here.”

“We have to keep that mentality because it is going to be a long, tough season. We have to keep going in the same way we have been in the last two games.”

“We have two wins a row, but the most important thing is that we are still working on what we have to do,” “We know the mentality we have to have, and that is important.”

“The results are going to give us some confidence, and now we are playing at home in front of our fans, which is always great. “

“We will see what happens then.”

So Rafa has assembled a squad that is hungry to do well this season, coupled with competition in almost every position in the side and that augers well for Newcastle.

If we keep playing like we have over the last two games, we will win more games than we will lose this season.

We’ll all know better by the end of the year, but whatever league position we are in on January 1st, we hope Rafa is allowed to strengthen the squad in the next transfer window.

If he isn’t then the manager could still walk this summer, and that would be a real tragedy for both the Newcastle United Football Club and for our faithful fans around the world.

We hope that doesn’t happen and it’s one reason we expect to do a lot better than most pundits think we’ll do this season.

Hope so!

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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162 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #41

    Ruddy…#23…of course we can mate 😀

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #42

    Ruddy…it should take a genius to see who my remark was aimed at mate…take a hard look!

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  • lochinvar

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #43

    If Shelvey played mid week and looked distracted shall we say, maybe that’s because it was a run out for fitness and to get him back up to game speed.
    Haydn was subbed on Sunday so maybe tired or slight niggle so Shelvey might get the nod to start against Stoke until about 20 mins to go.
    Rafa bingo will be difficult this week but then again it usually is.

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  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #44

    jesperfuglsang

    i’m also well aware of yours as you repeat them so often !!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #45

    hibbit…I don’t addresses you with my opinions

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #46

    Ritchie fits the bill for No10 good shot on him, spot a pass and works his a$s off problem not one of our other wingers can help defend like he does. Why not try Murphy he looks pretty w@nk out wide and is a lot slower than I thought but likes to get forward and can strike a ball. Failing that when Mitro is back play Joselu as No10 and Mitro up top then just keep banging balls into the box bags of goals.

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  • BenArfa the magician

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #47

    Although there’s as much chance as Rafa dropping Perez as there is changing formations.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #48

    I don’t believe Perez is pathetic and useless, some fans are going a bit over the top.

    https://www.footballfancast.com/social-media/twitter/newcastle-fans-slam-ayoze-perez-for-his-performance-in-swansea-win

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  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #49

    jesperfuglsang

    in case you hadn’t noticed it’s a blog
    you chose to put them on here and anyone can comment on your hairbrained ideas
    your the one putting them on a public platform

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #50

    hibbit…you just keep acting like a donkey’s arse

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  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #51

    If there are no injuries to prevent a midfield substitution then I could see Shelvey being brought on for fresh legs, or even to change the tactics. Otherwise I reckon the starting eleven will be the same as at Swansea.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #52

    How old are you?

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #53

    Ritchie as #10 with Atsu and Murphy on either side would be ideal. Maybe try Shelvey there at some point

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  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #54

    jesperfuglsang

    and you like a broken record

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  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #55

    Munster

    i think we should change your name from moanster to mr fickle.
    Just look at your pre swansea match comments with your usual doom and gloom ”we’re going to get stuffed 3-0”. you just don’t get football and probably never will, so probably least said soonest mended.

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #56

    Even though, as Peter Beardsley says: “Shelvey hasn’t got a bad bone in his body”, if he’s not found a place in the team, we could have a disruptive sulker on our hands. Him and Colback could wreak havoc writing on the toilet walls and spitting in the food. For that reason I’d like to see him given a go in the no.10 role. On the plus side he has an eye for a good pass and on the bad side he has too much hero and will shoot when there’s a good opportunity to put someone through. Ritchie also shares the hero shooter disease, so I’m not sure how he’d do, but he’s my second choice for a look. Aarons, from what I’ve seen lacks consistency and has the hero virus, but I think if he performed to his best would be good as a no.10.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #57

    and hibbit…and you are like god send right 😉

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  • Mindshaft

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #58

    Perez plays to orders, he is not suddenly going too become Messi – his work rate was good especially 2nd half, wrong decision a few times although not as bad as Atsus 1 minute brain failure.

    Not sure why people think we will spend in Jan, fatty will only put his hand in his pocket if we are in relegation fight, if we are outside of it then he won’t – Rafa will have to generate money by selling Gayle / Mitro

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  • hibbit

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #59

    jesperfuglsang
    by you don’t like folk that disagree with your master plan do you , spit ya dummie out very quick than the insults start to flow
    when you keep pushing daft ideas you leave yourself wide open ………….rotating captains anyone !!!!!!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #60

    Ben…according to the blog oracle we cannot discuss formations because he knows for sure Rafa won’t make adjustments, but we can discuss Perez and his role even though until now Rafa have kept faith in him…one might add he’s just as big a part of our last two wins…

    Lindis…over the top is putting it mildly…I agree he needs to be more consistent no doubt

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #61

    hibbit…I don’t understand the point of you! That’s the only thing I don’t like…

    …you are a bit pointless…and you are being deliberately annoying! Some call that being a WUM…and quite frankly you have no clue what a blog is for!

    And that is me being polite to you…now try and be respectful towards other people and act like a frogging grownup will you!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #62

    Frigging

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #63

    Stoke at home is very winnable, no game is a given in the PL but we have a good record against them and the team must be buzzing now. I think the crowd will be massively up for it with Rafa getting a huge show of support, I’m gutted I’ll miss it but will at least get the Liverpool game. Hopefully Gamez will solve the LB situation and play like he did on Sunday consistently which will be a double sweetner for me after insisting that he wasn’t a flop. The guy was bought as a versatility FB, who through injury and lack of injuries to other players never got a chance last season to show what he could do.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #64

    I think hibbit is very interesting.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #65

    Mindshaft…our formation is very defensive in its setup and I think that makes it more deficult for the attackers…especially the small and technical players…

    But truth to be told we have tried both Diame and SDJ and Perez has been the better option…

    Some believe Shelvey is the answer…I don’t but I am all for trying it!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #66

    So why don’t you talk to him

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  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #67

    Thing about Perez in the no10 is you know you will get plenty of energy, commitment and pressing to win the ball back.

    Defence isn’t what you think of when you idealise a no10, you want flair, dribbling ability, vision, however for our system this season Perez is doing the job and he does have his moments. Against West Ham he played very well, even last match when he was largely anonymous as an attacking force he willingly mucked in to the all-for-one spirit and that’s paramount for us.

    He did combine really well in a move with Manquillo to get 1 vs 1 too, just never looked like scoring once he got there and tamely shot straight at the GK.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #68

    Not pathetic or useless for me, just crap.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #69

    Hail…as the statistic shows we don’t keep position and we are defensive…solid I agree. But we don’t create much in and around our #10 and something would suggest we need to either change approach or buy a different kind of player…someone in the Kevin Nolan mound (but not literally)

    It’s crazy to see the difference in goal attempts when we play Gayle compared to Joselu/Mitro

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  • Belfast

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #70

    Hail my self hearting detector has detected your self hearting. Respect!

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #71

    Mould

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  • Belfast

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #72

    I notice Pardew seems to be sky’s favourite pundit at the moment.
    He’s on their new show tonight -The debate. You’ve probably seen it advertised about a million times, because nobody watches it. 🙂

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  • Belfast

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #73

    1 hour of Pardew and some other knacker (Probably Phil Neville) or some other tube talking shite.

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  • Toonces

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #74

    My problem with Perez is his decision making and ball hogging tendencies. He doesn’t pass when he should or he can’t see the pass. He routinely dribbles too long and makes the wrong choice. I am hoping he is working on this by analyzing his game. Until he improves in this area I don’t think he can be a reliable #10

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  • Belfast

    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #75

    Jesper have you still got the same *stupid phone* ?

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  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Sep 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #76

    Fantastic player, great manager and a top football pundit to boot! Is there anything this man’s not good at?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 12, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #77

    I noticed the ‘hearting’ gets seriously out of control when carl etc is about, load of bollox anyway.

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  • Belfast

    Sep 12, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #78

    He’s not as bad as Jamie Redknapp to be fair, who called Jamal Lascelles, La scaaa les and Lack a shells about twenty times.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #79

    So Hodgson for Palace…is that a good call?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 12, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #80

    Belfast…no changed phone a few month ago

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