Rafa Pleased The Way Players Have Improved – It’s Good For The Future

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.

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12 comments so far

  • Bambams

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    See Spuds are now linked with a move for Lascelles.

    I know we have Rafa, I also know we have Ashley !

    Any bid North of £40 million and I genuinely believe Ash will sell regardless what Rafa says – especially if he thinks he can again sell us this summer.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2


    Apr 5, 2018 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #157
    Dubai Micky
    There’s only you saying the bus was unusable.
    Were you born stupid Jiblets or has it taken this many years of practice.

  • Jib

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3


    Apr 5, 2018 at 3:59 AM
    Comment #145
    Just woken up and seen the score and more importantly
    that those lovely bin-dippers have written off Man City’s coach.

    WRITTEN OFF !!!!!!!!!!

    ha ha ha

    Your not even very good at insults

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    See post two Jiblets.

  • G

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #5

    See the tabloids today are saying Moses Simon is on his way to Liverpool from Gent, for £13M. Bargain by today’s standards.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Just as bad as that buffoon Munster Mag.!

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #7

    It’s “you’re” jiblets. Not too bright are we?

  • Jib

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Blog rule #374
    When losing an argument or looking a prat
    it is permitted to become a grammar policeman.
    (it won’t win you the argument but you’ll feel better for it)

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #9

    The extent of the damage is irrelevant – the point is that the Liverpool fans were violent, it’s the latest example of a worrying trend and it needs to be stamped on.

    A minority of our fans are part of the same trend (horse punching, damage at SoS), as are West Ham’s and others, but this one was beamed across Europe. Of course it will receive more attention, especially given the Heysel incident years ago was also a European game.

  • Jib

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    There you go
    makes a fair point
    well put

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 5, 2018 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #11

    The worst case scenario would be Lascelles is sold for £40m against Rafa’s wishes, Rafa then decides he’s had enough of the fat lying cu*t Ashley and walks. Half of that money is reivested into the squad and we get another donkey as a manager to fill in the blanks.

    Knowing Newcastle United and Ashley this is a very real and frightening possiblity. Let’s hope and pray it does not happen and Rafa stays and Ashley sells and we can all have one hell of a party.

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Apr 5, 2018 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m an ancient pedantic old bugger and I like seeing English grammar treated with respect, so it’s good to see posters on here haven’t resorted to “would of” “could of” and “should of” crap. It’s “would have” etc.
    Anyways, here’s a joke,
    Three men, a Geordie, a Mackem and a Pakistani, are gathered in their local maternity ward waiting room, to collect their new-born sons.
    Their joyous mood is shattered by the appearance of the department head who informs them that there has been an administrative mix-up, and he can no longer say, with any certainty, whose son is whose!!
    For expedience, the three men agree to sort it out between themselves and the Geordie goes into the nursery first, as is his right, (according to strict alphabetical order of course), and emerges a moment later, with what is quite clearly, the Pakistani child.
    The Pakistani gentleman says as much and the Geordie replies “Well I’m sorry mate, but one of those two in there is a Mackem, and I’m not taking any chances”!


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