Rafa is always keen to have significant competition for places at Newcastle and he has that now – especially with all our players fit at the moment.
There are not many times that has happened at Newcastle in the last decade but Rafa quickly solved the (very) long-term injury problem at Newcastle.
We now get very few injuries and that will stand us in good stead during the season run-in which starts again at Bournemouth on Saturday.
With maybe our best performance by a Newcastle team for several years last time out – Rafa will not make many changes.
Dwight Gayle – after scoring at Chelsea
In fact, he could well start with an unchanged side with both Perez and Gayle in the starting line-up, and that would be very rare for Rafa to do that.
But both players worked their socks off for the side against Manchester United and in particular, we have never seen Gayle work as hard as he did against the Red Devils and his hold-up play seems to be improving.
Rafa has pointed out that Dwight seems to have been given a lift by new players arriving at the club, and maybe he sees himself working alongside Slimani up front in a 4-4-2 formation.
The only change Rafa could make is to start new loan signing Islam Slimani up front, but it would not be a surprise if Slimani starts on the bench.
If the 29-year-old Algerian does start, maybe he will come in and replace Dwight Gayle.
The match on Saturday is important because the players and the fans are on a high at the moment, but we have to keep picking up points in every game and a win is what we need again on Saturday.
If we can do that on Saturday some of us will remain in football heaven.
Howay The Lads!!