Rafa Benitez sees his job as to improve the team as the season progresses and to improve every single player in his squad – that’s the simple way Rafa looks at things.
And he does an excellent job of achieving those goals as we have seen a number of our players become much better in the 19 months he has been on Tyneside.
The Newcastle side this season may be lacking some star players, but it’s well organized and “compact” and difficult to score against – that’s a typical Rafa Benitez side.
Once the summer transfer season ended Rafa got down to making the team as good as it could be with the players he has available – that’s almost the definition of what coaching is.
Rafa Benitez – loves coaching players who want to improve
Rafa has talked today to the Chronicle about things, and he seems happy enough – especially with the team spirit and the willingness of his players to learn from him and his coaching staff:
“You have to be pragmatic. I know that this is the group of players that we have and we have to try and improve them.”
“We are working with them on the pitch and they are working really well.”
“We can see some improvements but still I think we can do better.”
“You can see how they approach every training session, how they approach every game, the commitment of the game, the team spirit.”
“You have to be happy because that’s what you expect from your players.”
“It doesn’t matter the level of the player, you have to work hard for the team and they are doing that.”
Rafa will want to improve his side in the January transfer window but how much money he has will depend on who the owners are at that time.
If we are lucky enough to get new owners, there could be a windfall of transfer funds available for Rafa.
But whatever he is given by the owners he will do his very best to bring in some players to improve the side early in the new year.
That’s what Rafa will always be doing as a manager, and we hope it’s improving the Newcastle side – for many years to come.
Howay The Lads!!