Newcastle have taken criticism this season for being too defensive in some of our games.
But Rafa has made Newcastle into a good counter-attacking side and certainly, the acquisition of Miguel Almiron will help with that.
Since Almiron arrived it has also coincided with some top form being shown by Ayoze Perez and Almiron has shown he has terrific speed and skill and will likely become an excellent player for us.
And Rafa could well use a back four at Bournemouth on Saturday now that Paul Dummett is available again.
Newcastle don’t have Fabian Schar available since he picked up a two-match ban for getting his 10th yellow card of the season against Everton.
Rafa Benitez – during training
This is what Rafa has said about tactics and that every game is different.
“Every game will be different.”
“You have to realize you have to get the points and be offensive, create chances and score goals if you want to win games.”
“Little by little you improve your position and we can be more open and offensive.”
“Maybe we will have to play counter-attack to beat some teams, like we did against Man City.”
“I think one thing we are doing well is adapting and using our strengths to get the points we want.”
We have now won five of our last eight games and with a win at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday we can reach 37 points and go above the Cherries in the league.
We’ll have to see what formation Rafa uses on Saturday but we could see Newcastle revert to four at the back.