It was generally agreed in December when we were fighting relegation that Newcastle were a team of Championship-class players now playing in the Premier League.
But since losing 1-0 at Arsenal on December 17th Newcastle have played 11 league games and won five, drawn four and lost only at Manchester City and at Liverpool.
That’s 19 points in 11 games, and we have scored 13 goals and conceded 9 goals.
So that’s an excellent record in the last 11 games, and we are hoping in the final six games of the season we can get more wins starting at home to Arsenal on Sunday.
BT Sports pundit Andy Townsend – it’s a brilliant job at Newcastle
One of the pundits who has been surprised at how Newcastle have done is Andy Townsend, the former Ireland midfielder who now is a pundit for BT Sports.
This is what Andy has said about Newcastle’s turnaround in a debate with Ian Wright (among others) on 5Live’s Monday Night club:
“I think it is a surprise (to see Newcastle in the top 10) and it is a brilliant job.”
“I watched them at Huddersfield at the start of the season and I looked at them and thought, wow, this is going to be a long old campaign.”
“Rafa has been Rafa. He must have been so fed up with the situation at the club and the new potential owners, thinking he might have money to spend and that never materialized.”
“But he has still been himself. He has still been out there, picking up on little things on the pitch and credit to him because I think he has done an exceptional job.”
“I would have had them in the bottom four by this stage, scrapping away, fighting like crazy to keep their heads above water.”
Newcastle are currently placed 10th in the league table, and we are hoping we can move even higher than that before the end of the season.
If we can do that it will have been a second successive season under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.
What do you think?