Former Newcastle coach Mark Lawrenson was at Turf Moor on Monday night and says he thought Newcastle players some nice football – but with no cutting edge up front.
Rafa will have been working with his players this week in training on how we can score goals, and that’s a weakness this season with only 10 goals scored in our 10 league games.
But as Mark points out it looks a Rafa Benitez team at the moment with the side so well organized and difficult to score against.
Mark believes that if we do get new owners, then that lack of a cutting edge can be corrected with some signings in the transfer market of top-class players.
However, Mark thinks we will only draw the game 1-1 tomorrow at home to Bournemouth, and that will be a huge disappointment if that happens.
We need all 3 points at home against the side who are second bottom of the league.
Here’s what Mark Lawrenson has written in BBC Sport about Newcastle and the game tomorrow:
“I was part of BBC Radio 5 live’s commentary team when Newcastle went to Burnley on Monday and I saw them play really nice football, knock the ball around, but without a cutting edge.
“Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez’s whole premise is organization, organization and more organization.”
“He also loves passing and moving and you can see that Jonjo Shelvey will only get better under him.”
“I think this season will only get better for Newcastle because if and when the takeover happens then the new owners will say to the manager ‘go and get a few players and then we will go for it next season’.”
“As for Bournemouth, their skipper Simon Francis has described November as “a make-or-break” month with the trip to Newcastle followed by games against Huddersfield, Swansea and Burnley.”
“I think a draw at Newcastle would be a good start. You go anywhere in the Premier League and get a draw – apart from the top six because they’re expected to win every game – then it is something to build on.”
Three in five Newcastle fans think we can win this game tomorrow.