Benitez Determined Team Keeps Improving During Second Half Of Season

If Newcastle cannot strengthen the squad this month then fans will have to rely on the players we already have at the club to avoid relegation.

That plus the experience and talent of our manager Rafa Benitez.

And with over a third of the window already gone it could end up like last January when owner Mike Ashley refused to spend any money thinking that Rafa had enough to get us promoted back to the Premier League.

Rafa did that, although it was not easy, and now he may have to demonstrate his unique skills as a manager if we are to remain a Premier League club.

Rafa has been working hard on the training field for this Saturday’s vital game at home to Swansea and a win would definitely raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans.

Karl Darlow – loves being at Newcastle

He has said throughout the season that the team will get better as the season progresses and we have to hope he is right in that assertion.

Karl Darlow is back in goal with Rob Elliot suffering from another thigh injury.

And Karl has told the Chronicle today that Rafa is working hard to ensure we reach at least 40 points this season.

This is what Karl has said:

“We are laying foundations.” “We’re past the halfway point so to be where we are is OK.”

“But we know we can do better.” “The manager keeps saying to us that we need to keep improving.”

“We have got a set of lads that are positive and want to work harder for this city and this club.”

“It’s (Swansea game) massive. It’s important to win and I can understand the frustration when we don’t get out quicker and move the ball quicker.”

“At the same time, we don’t want to concede.” “Things are looking more positive.”

“I loved every minute of it in 2017.”

“I have had some tough times, being in and out – but that’s all part of the parcel of football.”

“Winning the Championship was massive last season.”

“And now to have a run of Premier League games is something I can relish and look forward to.”

And after Rafa was willing to sell Darlow to Middlesbrough last summer, Karl may be getting a new deal that will keep him at Newcastle through 2023 with a new five and a half year deal – according to local reports.

Karl signed on for us in the summer of 2014 from Nottingham Forest and his current deal has just over two years to run.

Karl has so far played 56 times for the Newcastle first team and he seems to be improving all the time.

Karl is the type of player we want – he loves being at Newcastle.

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13 comments so far

  • TheJimBelow

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Absolutely massive game against the Swans! Another win will be in a very good run of form and hopefully breed some serious confidence.
    I think Perez will continue his recent good form and I see a nice 3-1 win 😉
    That’s also a very nice jacket Darlow is wearing in the pic of this post!

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    This squad will not keep us up

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    My take on the situation – worst case scenario…

    Ashley is not going to give RAFA a penny NOT even for loans using his finance man as a shield between himself and RAFA.

    And I can see the situation coming up if other clubs put in bids for
    Lascalles say £15 million
    Shelvey £12 million
    Mitrovich £10 million
    Mbemba £8 million
    Darlow £5 million

    Rafa will be forced to sell
    that is £50 million
    RAFA will walk waiving his 5 million get out clause

    Relegation or not he is not bothered he is a gambler

    Sell in the summer for £150 – 200 million take the TV money £100 million plus the £50 million from selling our players that’s a nice £300 million plus.

    He could not give a Sh*t what happens to the TOON as long as he gets his money

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Coming up half way through the window no players brought in very worrying

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m not sure if I’m living in hope or denial.

    I was sure Ashley would hand Rafa the funds for at least a couple of players to ensure safety this season.

    I’m not sure of it’s the doom and gloom by some on the blog OR my optimism is slowly fading.

    I’m having so many conflicting thoughts/feelings, Ashleys gambling, no signings as the takeover is pending, Ashley will protect his investment.

    Problem is we have no idea what’s happening at the club it’s like a religion BLIND FAITH

    Good luck Rafa!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6


    NO ONE will pay £150-£200m for a championship club, no way. It’s not viable!

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    If I was Rafa I would of walked by now this club is a joke no ambation no nothing of ash is still here next season I will not follow this team no more there is no point we won’t ever win anything or challenge for anything it kills me to say it but really ask yourselfs this why support a team under a owner that doesn’t care he is just in it for himself so what’s the point

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    I’ll ask the question again what will yours all do at the end of the season when we go down if we down spend which we will go down if we down and Rafa walks and no sale of the club and stuck with ash

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Lascelles will go for at least the same price as Van Dijk in a year or two. I think he has the temperment to succeed at a big club, whereas Van Dijk could be yet another overpriced Southampton defender that doesnt live up to the price tag. There must be about 6 defenders left there for huge money and none of them have done that well. I think they tend to just look good because Southampton as a team usually get lots of clean sheets, a lot of which has been down to Forster.

  • Jib

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10


    mackem wum
    clear as the nose on yer face

    11th of Jan is NOT halfway thru the window
    oh mackem one

  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Shire, Hibbit, Babams, Dubai

    Judging by Bambam’s comments yesterday that things have gone quiet on the take over front, it strikes me that info sources are in lock-down.

    The Chronicle in the form of Mark Douglas has come out and told Ashley to either sell up or support the club with transfer funds.

    As we know, Ashley doesn’t normally respond to media pressure but his behaviour in not backing Rafa for the third consecutive must surely result in even more negative coverage and there surely must be a reaction from him.

    Given his reported willingness to sell the club to a buyer that can support it, where does he go from here if it transpires that terms have not green agreed with PCP and the teams not significantly strengthened? Is he going to blame PCP for failing to meet his £350m asking price thus leading to accusations of him being greedy or will he accuse PCP being unrealistic in their valuation? The latter could prove to be unhelpful to Ashley’s reputation in financial circles. Either way, he’s on a hiding to nothing.

    If however terms have been agreed and the God’s with the EPL for its fit and proper persons ownership assessment, Ashley and PCP must come to some arrangement with regard to short-term transfer funding. That would allow Ashley to claim that the deal was agreed before Christmas but he and PCP were unable to comment – thus showing him to have honoured his summer enthusiasm to sell up to a buyer with sufficient resources to take the club forward.

    But, history has proved that Ashley’s actions seem strange…….

  • getoutofworeclub

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #12

    Jib speaking facts does not make me a scum fan and come next season u keep support Ashley

  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #13

    * God’s way = deal’s


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