Over the last few games both full-backs, DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett have been out of the starting line-up.
Paul was injured with a hamstring injury playing for Wales and Yedlin has been replaced for the last couple of games by backup Javier Manquillo.
We’re not sure what formation Rafa will use against Everton on Saturday at St. James’ Park and whether he will switch to a back four.
In the last several games he has used a 3-4-3 formation with some success.
And while we learned today that Sean Longstaff will be out for the rest of the season with his knee ligament injury, Rafa has nearly all of the remaining players available except Rob Elliot and Ciaran Clark.
We have 9 games to play this season and currently have 31 points from our 29 games played
Rafa Benitez congratulates Paul Dummett against Watford
This is what Rafa has said today as reported in the Chronicle:
“We have had a lot of games that have been close together.”
“At the same time a player gets a chance to play if they do well I then have to wonder what I do next.”
“But I am happy with this problem.” “The most difficult thing for me is to decide who will be on the bench.”
“The others will pick themselves because they are doing so well.”
“Paul Dummett is somebody you can trust and you know what he will give to you.”
“He can play at center-back, full-back or wing-back.” “He is always an option for us.”
“It’s good for us to have him back because he has experience and is very positive in terms of his relationship with other team-mates.”
“It is good for us to have competition between players, the only thing it can be for us is positive because that is the level we want.”
Rafa has always rated Paul Dummett highly, and we could see him starting against Everton at home on Saturday afternoon.