Rafa Benitez has just held his press conference for the important home game against AFC Bournemouth tomorrow afternoon.
When Rafa’s Newcastle United have played on a Saturday in the Premier League we have won all 5 times so let’s hope it’s the 6th win tomorrow – we really need the 3 points before the International break.
Rafa Benitez – at his press conference
This is some of what Rafa has said today and he’s very down to earth:
“Mikel Merino will be put for at least a couple of weeks, we still need to wait to see. Dummett is training but not ready yet.”
“We are in the top 10 and nobody expected that. It could be better, and it could be worse.”
“I like to have a good record at home. It is the opposite to when we were good away last year. We want to make fans happy.”
“Colback is training with the U23s at the Academy. He knows the situation and I only concentrate on players I actually have.”
“Without Merino, we can play Diame, Shelvey, Hayden and Saivet. We can also play Mbemba there. Jack knows the situation.”
“It is important if you lose to have a game to try and put things right. Bournemouth know the Premier League now and they are a good team who play well.”
“We have to be competitive and make sure we are good enough to stay up. Then we can continue to build from that.”
It doesn’t look like local lad Jack Colback has any future on Tyneside and he will be sold or loaned out in the January transfer window.
Jack is said to be on a massive £75K/week after he signed over three years ago from Sunderland as a free agent.
So the club will be keen to get those wages off the wage bill.
Howay The Lads!!