Newcastle have two games to play in the Premier League this week to end the season, and Rafa wants to get back to the way the lads were playing before we reached safety and 41 points.
It turns out that Christian Atsu has had a minor operation to fix his knee problem with Ciaran Clark injured and one or two other players out with small knocks.
Rafa wants to liven things up this week in training before our final two games of what has turned out to be a successful season because we met our single target – to survive in the Premier League.
Josef Yarney – 20-year-old center-back
Rafa has called in youngsters Josef Yarney and Paul Woolston.
Yarney is a 20-year-old Liverpudlian we signed form Everton last year, and he plays center-back.
19-year-old goalkeeper Paul Woolston is from North Shields and joined Newcastle five years ago.
Both have now been training with the Newcastle first team for over a week now.
Paul Woolston – 19-year-old Newcastle goalkeeper
This is what Rafa has said as reported in the Chronicle today:
“We have had a few injuries, but we are fine because we have had two or three young players like Yarney and Woolston who have been training with us, so we are fine.”
“They will train with us this week too because Atsu has had his operation and Clark has a problem.”
“Then we have two or three other players who are not perfect.”
“They will not be involved so the young players will get a chance in training.”
Rafa will make more changes to the team against Tottenham tomorrow night to freshen things up and get back to the way we were playing earlier this year.
It looks like one win in the final two games could see us finish in 10th place.
That’s the hope.