This season has turned out to be a positive one, but it’s also had its ups and downs.
We started on an up with getting 14 points from the first 9 games and being in 6th place.
Then in the next 9 games, which ended with a 1-0 defeat at the Emirates, we got just one single point – a 2-2 draw at West Brom after being 2-0 down – and we lost the other eight.
And since then we have pulled away from the relegation zone with four successive wins, and we are now on 41 points, and we were effectively safe with five games to play.
But we have lost winnable games in our last two games at Everton and at home to bottom club West Brom.
Let’s hope we are not going to end on a down – that wouldn’t be good.
DeAndre Yedlin has been interviewed, and he agrees we have had a positive season and that we should improve next season:
“If you look at where we are in the table then it has been a positive season. We have exceeded a lot of people’s expectations.”
“We can look back and think of the things we could have done better and had we done those we could have been even higher in the table.”
“It’s one of those things where we can look at it and be satisfied with what we have done, while also know that we could be even better if we improve in certain areas.”
“That is something for us to carry forward when we look to improve in the Premier League next season.”
Rafa could likely wait before signing an extension to his contract to see if Newcastle can bring in his top transfer targets this summer.
Lee Charnley and his team couldn’t do that last summer, and Rafa was left with getting players in further down his list and not as good.
At one point Rafa said he was signing players he could sign rather than players he wanted to sign and that was a reference to the lack of funds he had at his disposal.
He will want to ensure he has the playing staff next season so we can do much better in the Premier League and go all out to win a Cup.