We are hoping to see a better performance at Chelsea than we saw last Saturday at home to Watford.
It’s important for Newcastle to get back on track soon after four successive defeats and last night we played well to get the 2-2 draw at West Brom.
Maybe we are too negative, but we would be happy with a 1-0 or 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday – the last thing we need is to worsen out goal difference too much.
But again – maybe I’m too negative?
One big reason for Newcastle playing better last night was young Mikel Merino who looks like a star player in the making, and he must start as many games as possible for us this season.
He’s looking like a terrific buy for Newcastle – we need more like him this summer.
Matt Ritchie was also back to form, and he ran his socks off for the side last night.
Whether Rafa will bring back Jonjo Shelvey into the team is a good question, and he also played well last night after being brought on.
Chancel Mbemba is the best left-back we have while Paul Dummett is out injured, but again DeAndre Yedlin did not have a good game defensively and was responsible for both Baggies’ goals.
Maybe a rest on Saturday at Stamford Bridge will do him good, and Javier Manquillo can then play in his usual position, or even Isaac Hayden could play at right back?
You don’t need me to say that Joselu has labored up front and missed a bevy of chances as our lone striker, and maybe it is time for Rafa to give the Spaniard a rest and give Aleksandar Mitrovic a start at Chelsea?
At least Mitro would mix it up a bit with the Blues defenders – as long as he doesn’t get himself sent off.
Rafa Benitez must be a lot happier this morning after last night’s display; a number of our players – starters and subs alike – had good games.
Once we get Jamaal Lascelles and Paul Dummett back from injury, we should be a stronger team and start picking up those points again.
What do you think?