One of the things Rafa keeps reminding us of with his team is they are young, and they lack experience in the Premier League.
It’s one thing Rafa was well aware of last summer, but Mike Ashley didn’t help Rafa to bring in some experienced players by cutting down on the available money the manager had to spend.
Some of that lack of experience showed up at Bournemouth last Saturday when we failed to hold onto a two-goal lead.
But in the previous match, our lads were magnificent in keeping a clean sheet against the Red Devils.
With Rafa’s guidance, we are hoping the side will improve and before the end of this season too.
A happy looking Rafa Benitez last Saturday – it was before the game
United States International DeAndre Yedlin has been playing well for us of late, and he has nailed down the right-back spot this season.
His improvement since joining Newcastle from Tottenham is there for all to see.
DeAndre has talked about that lack of experience in the side, as reported in the Chronicle today:
“I think if you were to tell us to take four points from these last two games, it would have been a pretty reasonable result for us,”
“We could have got six, and that’s what’s disappointing. But we go on, and we’ll keep pushing forward and fighting.”
“It’s something that comes with experience, so obviously we’re all disappointed about it. In no way are we happy with the point.”
“We thought we deserved three, but at the end of the day, we got a point out of it and now we have to go to Liverpool next week and do a job.”
“When we go to Anfield, we just have to play like we did for 70 minutes here.”
“Hopefully, we will take the positives and the team will do the same things they did for most of this game.”
“You are talking about teams who have players who can make the difference, and you cannot lose your concentration, even for one second because you pay for that.”
“The team has played a lot of good games in terms of organization and understanding.”
“There have been times where we have lacked a bit of quality and experience in the final third, and we haven’t always managed things well enough.”
“But that is what happens when you are at this level and you play against very good players.:
“Our team is a young team and we need a little bit more experience in how to manage situations like this.”
“The team was doing well against Manchester United, but we have done that in quite a few games and we did again in the first half here.”
“We have had situations where we have created chances, but we have missed out because of a lack of quality or experience.”
Rafa will be looking to bring more quality and more experienced players into the squad during this summer’s transfer window – the level of that will depend on how much money he gets from Mike Ashley.
We hope it’s a lot, but Rafa will be selling players like Jack Colback, Chancel Mbemba, and Aleksandar Mitrovic whom he doesn’t use in the team.
So Rafa can also create some transfer funds for himself that way.
It’s certainly not doom and gloom if only we can survive relegation.
Rafa will get more money to spend this summer than he’s ever had at Newcastle and that’s one reason he wants to finish as high up in the league as possible.
That will maximize the money we get from the Premier League.