Rafa has done another excellent job for Newcastle this season and safety is in sight for the club.
Newcastle are now just 5 points from the 40 points barrier and safety – with 7 games to play.
After three successive home wins and 10 points from our last five games the team has jelled, and we are getting some excellent performances from our players.
They also play as a team, and the team spirit is the best we have seen at the club for many years.
Ending the season this way is a lot better (that’s a considerable understatement right there) than two years ago when Rafa did his utmost but couldn’t save us from the drop.
Rafa has amassed some good players and strong characters in the squad he has built up with little money available.
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The manager was asked what he had learned about the players this season, and this is how he reported in the Shields Gazette:
“Obviously, we changed some players, and some of them, they have been improving a lot – that’s really important for your thinking about the future.”
“And some of them, you know them a little bit better, how they react when something is right, something is wrong.”
“We are learning a lot of things from them.”
“Yes – I’ve been impressed with the character shown. Some of them, maybe they were more affected, but a group of them were quite strong.”
“Altogether, they reacted really well. “It’s always good when you test your players in difficult situations.”
Several players have improved this season including Lejeune, Dummett, and Diame: Dubravka and Kenedy have come into the team on loan and performed from their first games with Newcastle.
It’s probably unfair to single out individual players because the team as a whole has improved.
From distress towards the end of last year, Rafa and the players have fought their way back and deserve great credit for that.
And this year we have taken 16 points from our 10 league games, and we have a much better squad than what we started with last August.
It could (should) be a fascinating summer for Newcastle fans, and surely Rafa has earned some big bucks from owner Mike Ashley this summer to bring in better players.
We expect he will get those funds.
What do you think?