Rafa Benitez is very calm and doesn’t get carried away with things good or bad (like some of us), and his mantra is to improve every player and the team as he goes through the season.
Very simple when said like that.
Rafa loves being on the training pitch with his players, as he improves the team and he will have had a full week doing just that.
Newcastle have not been encumbered by the League Cup this week having surprisingly lost 3-2 to Nottingham Forest at home. in the last round
And Forest were hammered 5-1 at Chelsea in midweek, and that would have also been a tough game for us if he had managed to beat Forest.
Rafa indicated there were a few things he saw in the Stoke City game that need to be improved.
Rafa Benitez – in his element on the training field
One of those is our finishing, and while we are creating a lot of chances in our matches, we are still not taking enough of them.
That’s why Rafa knows he needs another striker in January and could even sell Dwight Gayle.
That will be surprising to Newcastle fans after Dwight did so brilliantly for us last season in the Championship scoring 23 goals.
Rafa will be giving his press conference this afternoon for the Brighton game, and hopefully, he will have fully recovered from his hernia surgery.
He seems to have had no trouble this week taking the training.
Rafa will be down to earth as ever, but he also knows we have an excellent chance to get another win on the board if he can get the lads playing at Brighton as well as we have done over the last three games.
But all games are tough in the Premier League, and Brighton away will be no exception.
However, Newcastle fans seem quite confident of a victory on Sunday.
Not sure if that’s good or bad.