Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez and his young team have thrived this year, and we have now reached safety with 41 points from 33 games.
We are 10th in the league table with an opportunity to go as high as 8th place if we can continue to have good results in the final five games of the season.
Winning at Everton next Monday night and overtaking the Toffees in the league is key to that.
And Rafa has shown the pundits he’s as good as ever and by his own admission, he says he is a better manager since he came to Newcastle just over two years ago.
His strong character, massive experience, and excellent man-management skills have helped Newcastle win the Championship last year and now surge to safety in the Premier League with a young team.
Rafa has shown he is brilliant with young players and immediately brought the best out of 22-year-old Chelsea winger Kenedy when he arrived on loan in January.
And that could well help Newcastle get some top youngsters offered to us by the big clubs who want their youngsters to get Premier League experience.
Of course, as we become a better team, there will be less reason to do that, and Rafa always likes to get an option to buy with any loan move.
He didn’t get that with Robert Kenedy, but the youngster seems like a natural for Newcastle, and the fans just love the lad.
We’ll have to see if we can get him signed permanently this summer.
One player who is being reported who needs first team experience next season is Manchester City’s star young midfielder star Phil Fodem.
He is only 17 but one of the best young players coming through at City so we’ll see who Rafa will want to bring in on loan this summer.
This is all good for Newcastle, and we also know that Rafa has many contacts in football who alert him to good players who may be available this summer.
It’s an exciting time for Newcastle fans – let’s hope we can get Rafa signed on something like a ten-year deal.
That would be amazing.
Howay The Lads!!