We are still suffering from shock that when next Saturday arrives, it will be a full 9 weeks since we last won a game when we beat Crystal Palace at home with a late goal from Mikel Merino.
It was telling that Mikel was out injured for several games after that as was captain Jamaal Lascelles and now they are both back.
Hopefully, we can start winning games again.
But any more defeats before the New Year will be hard to take – but of course, we do have Manchester City a week tomorrow.
It’s the only Premier League game on that day with the rest of the fixtures being on Boxing Day – so that would be a good time to shock the world and get a home win!
It’s possible if extremely unlikely – but you never know – and it’s something like that we need to get us back to playing well and with confidence.
Rafa Benitez – Newcastle manager
Rafa was recently asked about the January transfer window and how much money he would have:
“I have an idea. I expressed my idea – Lee knows what I think.” “We have to do the best for the team now.”
“We have some names. We have quite a lot of names.” “But that’s normal because sometimes the clubs don’t want to sell or they don’t want to come.”
“But, now, we have to start to see what we can afford because we need this, we need that. We need some experience or something different. We knew that.”
“It depends on the players we want to sign,” “When we were in the Championship, I was talking to one or two and they said ‘oh no, we want to play in the Premier League’.”
“But now I think we have enough potential to do well.” “We can stay in the Premier League if we bring in a couple of players.”
““They can see that because a couple of players can change everything.”
“We have to try to bring the best players possible for us now,” That means if you have a player on loan who’s quite good now, then we have to do it.”
“There aren’t too many options with Premier League experience, with the maximum level and the right personality, so it’s not easy, but you have to do your research everywhere.”
“When I was at Liverpool, people were saying ‘Oh Rafa, he’s signing these young players, they are not good enough’.”
“We were signing players for £200K, some of them, and some of the top sides were playing £5M for players of the same age.”
“So you have to take risks, because you can’t compete against them. Sometimes you have to do it.”
“(For players possibly leaving the club) it depends on the market. At the moment, if you don’t have any players coming you can’t sell anyone.”
“What I don’t have at the moment is any offers of £15M or £20M for any of our players.”
It seems already that Rafa is looking for Premier League experience and maybe some loan players to bring in next month.
Players like Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw are two players we have been heavily linked with.
Sturridge is injury prone, but both players are experienced and have some class too – which is what we need in the side.
Maybe these are the types of players Rafa is talking about and we could get them in on loan next month.
We have to hope that Rafa’s influence and persuasive powers will allow Newcastle to bring in the players we need to survive this season.
Another relegation would be very hard to take so soon after everything looked so positive last May.
But then Mike Ashley struck again during the summer and refused to spend Newcastle’s money to strengthen the side.