When you look at the last three games which we have won, you see a Newcastle side that is well coached, compact, closing other players down and every player is working hard for the team.
And the team is primarily made up of the core of players Rafa coached last season.
But the players are now a lot better than a year ago and even improving as they get used to the much better Premier League.
Ciaran Clark and Jamaal Lascelles have looked very good players at the back as did DeAndre Yedlin at right back yesterday.
And Chancel Mbemba may only be filling in for Paul Dummett while he’s injured, but he’s turning out to be a capable full-back for Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez at his press conference on Friday
And it seems the young DR Congo International is back to his form during his first season on Tyneside.
And players like Isaac Hayden and newcomer Mikel Merino have been two young players who have looked good in central midfield while Jonjo Shelvey – a proven Premier League player – has been out suspended.
We also have Matt Ritchie playing in his best form since he arrived from Bournemouth last summer and Christian Atsu, who scored yesterday, already looks a better player than he was last season.
So the players Rafa has had for a year seem to have improved significantly and are looking very decent in the Premier League.
Rafa has also bought well even though they were not his first choice.
Mikel Merino is a young star in the making, Manquillo will give Yedlin significant competition at right back, and Florian Lejeune looked very good in preseason and started the first game until he was injured.
So Newcastle have shown so far that the players we have are improving and at least against middle of the table sides like West Ham, Swansea and Stoke we can pick up the wins.
That’s also why Rafa is a lot more upbeat than he was several weeks ago,
He realizes he can have a top-eight side this season even though he will never say that in public.
Everything in Newcastle’s garden is looking rosy in the Premier League at the moment with Rafa Benitez in charge.
Not much difference from last year at this time.
Howay The Lads!!