We have been without players like Jonjo Shelvey, DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett for some games but we have still managed to win three games on the trot.
New signing Javier Manquillo has done a good job deputizing at right back for Yedlin and could even come back in if he improves as much as he seems to have developed already at Newcastle.
That’s compared to how the Spanish U21 International played last season at Sunderland.
What Rafa has managed to do in two summer transfer windows build two teams but also have a balanced squad where we have two players fighting for every position in the team.
That doesn’t say that we cannot improve the team of course by bringing in new and better players.
And when Rafa does that he will continue to sell players who become surplus to requirements.
Rafa Benitez has balanced the squad at Newcastle
We do have a problem at the moment with left back, with our two specialist left backs – Paul Dummett and Sadio Haidara both being out injured.
Luckily, we have players like Jesus Gamez, Chancel Mbemba, Javier Manquillo and Ciaran Clark who can play at left back and Chancel has been doing an admirable job for Newcastle so far this season.
It’s good to see Chancel back in the team and playing so well – maybe he’s following Rafa’s instructions these days?
Certainly, Chancel is a very likable and popular player and still young and should get even better under Rafa’s savvy guidance.
So Rafa is improving the squad all the time, but for the first time in a long time, we have a balanced squad, with players who can come in and do the job for Newcastle, when other players are injured.
That’s another sign of having an excellent manager at Newcastle.