One of the things Newcastle fans are not complaining about this season is the hunger of the young Newcastle side.
The players have shown courage and also some obvious inexperience in what has been another frustrating season for fans.
But it looks like all can end up well with Newcastle still in the Premier League next season.
The two home wins against Manchester United and Southampton are exactly what fans want to see.
Our players were fighting it out, and some seeming to even be possessed in their desire to win the game.
Rafa Benitez – arriving at St. James’ Park two years ago
The 1-0 win against Manchester United was 3 points for courage, endeavor and plain guts from the home team.
And even Jose Mourinho had to compliment Rafa Benitez after the game on how he had his young players performing in that game.
Mourinho talked about it being a beautiful thing in football – the way our players had fought throughout the game.
And that news went around the world – great publicity for the club.
Isaac Hayden has talked about the hunger of the Newcastle team from the training camp in Murcia, Spain.
This is some of what Hayden has said in the Chronicle:
“There’s always been hunger in this team, no matter whether we’ve been doing well or badly in terms of results – there’s always been desire.”
“The lads who have been playing have been doing really, really well.”
“Last weekend was a fantastic result, we played really well, and the lads who were on the bench wanted to play as well.”
“It brings a lot of competition for places and you can see in the training sessions that everyone wants to do well, everyone wants to improve, which is the main thing.”
“We have a young squad, and then you’ve got players like myself who haven’t played an awful lot of football recently.”
“It’s about the team at the end of the day though and getting the team where it wants to be.”
“If you’re not playing then you need to train extra hard to make sure that if you do get the chance, you’re ready to play.”
“It’s important to train well, work hard and then try to play as many games as you can.”
“But you have to take into account that it’s a team game, it’s not an individual game.”
Contrast the way our lads are turning up to fight in every single game, with that of two years ago under former manager Steve McClaren.
Too many of the players didn’t seem to care at all and were only interested in themselves and their own careers.
It’s only a short two years since then, and Rafa now has players at the club who want to be on Tyneside.
The manager has already restored the pride to Newcastle United.
Now he needs help from owner Mike Ashley to improve the team, so we are one of the top teams in England again.
Rafa can do it – but he needs some money and some help from the current owner.