Newcastle do not have many real top stars in the team this season, but it looks we will be able to give anybody a game.
We have seen the team steadily improve in form as the season has progressed and we were unlucky not to get a win last Sunday at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Rafa has Newcastle playing solid football, and the team keeps their shape under all circumstances.
We even got kudos from some pundits on Sunday who had previously said we would be fighting relegation.
Matt Ritchie in action last Sunday
Rafa has proved them all wrong, but he just gets on with the job and will give his press conference tomorrow for the game at home to Crystal Palace.
One of our best players is Matt Ritchie who was a steal last year from Bournemouth for around £12M.
And he’s worth a lot more than that today after improving a lot under the tutelage of the Newcastle manager.
This is what Matt has said, and he talks about the toh=getehrness and team spirit of our players:
“Togetherness is the key for us. “We’re not going to be a team with superstars, it’s about the team as a collective.”
“Everyone has to be together.” “It’s not going to be about 11 of us, it’s going to need everyone.”
“There are 25 in the squad, and we’re all going to have to contribute.” “We need to continue fighting.”
“We’ve come away from Southampton a bit disappointed not to have taken the three points, and that’s a positive thing.”
“We’ve shown this season that we’ve got goals right through the team.”
“The two lads who scored at the weekend (Hayden, Perez) were getting their first goals of the season, and it’s great to see everybody chipping in.” “
That’s what we need.”
“We need goals and assists from everywhere, and if you’re getting that from all over the pitch, it can only be a good thing.”
Matt is one of the players who has contributed to the massively improved team spirit under Rafa Benitez.
It’s so much better than it ever was under the woeful Steve McClaren.
Matt epitomizes the spirit and fight in the Newcastle side, and he works his socks off for the team in every single game.
That’s exactly what fans want to see from the players.