We expect this mini-training camp in southeast Spain could be something that turns out to be very good for Newcastle.
When the squad returned last year from a similar mini-camp, we won four games in a row, then lost four games in a row.
And then we finally took Chelsea apart 3-0 at St. James’ Park to end the season in 10th place.
We got 15 points from those 9 games which is not too bad, and 1.67 points per game.
The year we have 12 games left rather than 9 so if we can get on a good winning streak we should be able to do well.
And especially if new players Almiron and Barreca come through immediately.
If we do as well as last year, we should be able to get 20 points from the final 12 games and finish on 45 points – one point more than last season.
According to captain Jamaal Lascelles – the training camp is like pre-season and going exceptionally well.
Jamaal Lascelles – captain training in Spain
Jamaal was interviewed by the Chronicle from the club’s training base in La Finca:
“I think a change of scenery is a really good thing for you.
“When you train every day in Newcastle, we love our work, but you can get in your comfort zone.”
“But out here it is something different, it is double sessions, we are excited – it is almost like pre-season again.”
“Last year when we did this we come back to England and we did really well. We beat Arsenal, Leicester and went on a little run and our performances really picked up after that.”
“Hopefully it will be something similar this time around.”
“It is nice to get out here for a bit of warm weather training. It’s a different environment and it is good for the boys to refresh, get together and the training is intense.”
“We know where we are and we know where we need to improve and this is what we are trying to do here.”
“Instead of having days off and going on holidays, we are working hard.”
“It has been quite productive. We went for a team meal last night and it is nice to see people outside of a work environment, getting to see the other side of people.”
“And it will only strengthen the team chemistry and the team bond.”
This all seems exactly what Newcastle should be doing after the close of the January transfer window.
We now look forward to winning more games than we lose in our final 12 games.