Rafa Benitez Has Important Business To Do Today

The players had a day off yesterday but return to training today to prepare for the tough home game against Stoke City on Saturday.

And for the first time since the week before last Rafa Benitez will be taking the training after he has fully recovered from his hernia surgery and has been in Newcastle since Monday.

Rafa missed the game at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, but such was the preparation of the team by Rafa remotely, and by his hands-on coaching staff that Newcastle looked very good and deserved to win the game 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

It was a terrific win.

Some of the work Rafa will do this week is to meet with some of his players – like Jack Colback and Henri Saivet who have been told they are surplus to requirements.

But they will now be part of the 25 man Premier League squad at least until the end of the year, and he will want to get them on board with that.

Rafa Benitez – will take the training today

Rafa will also be meeting with Dwight Gayle after Rafa turned down a £15M offer from Fulham and would have sold him if he could have replaced him in the transfer window.

Dwight will need to raise his game and become a more complete center forward to start to challenge Joselu for the up front striker role.

But Rafa will find the squad is upbeat after their heroics in the last two games against West Ham and Swansea which have given us two wins, and we are now in 10th place in the league.

We must also have a decent chance of beating Stoke, although they looked a very decent side last weekend in drawing 2-2 with Manchester United.

Things are starting to look up at Newcastle after a poor transfer window, and it would be excellent to make it three wins on the trot on Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.

Then we’d all be really buzzing.

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