It has turned out to be a very successful season especially if we can get additional wins in the final five games of what has still been a tough campaign for Newcastle.
But since we lost 1-0 at Arsenal on December 17, fortunes have turned, and we have gained a good 26 points in the last 15 games in the Premier League.
Rafa has improved the players he has in the squad, and he has improved the way the players play together; they are a real (Rafa) team and spirits are sky-high at the moment.
The manager seems keen to push on from where we will be at the end of this season and start getting some better (and more experienced) players in during the summer and also let players leave the club.
Rafa Benitez with captain Jamaal Lascelles
He was asked about the transfer market and the future – as reported in the Chronicle:
“Yeah we can start looking early.” “We have to start talking about ideas for the future.”
“But first of all we need to know how much money is available, and then the prices of players.”
“It depends on the ambitions of the club.”
“We have to be on the same page. They know my idea(s), we know what every single fan is expecting, and we have to show we can do that.”
“I want to be in at least the top 10 and then win trophies, be it the FA Cup, the League Cup, Europa League or Champions League.”
“The situation is clear for me, I can feel the passion and ambitions of the fans.”
“Now I just need to know the club match my ambitions too.”
“I’d like to speak to them about that as soon as possible.”
“It is a massive club, but my position now is the same.”
It’s an exciting time for Newcastle fans and let’s hope we can make it five wins on the trot on Monday night at Everton.
Then we play West Brom at home – but they are starting to play well having drawn 1-1 against Liverpool today – so it could be a tough game.
A chance for the lads to demonstrate their professionalism.