There’s good news in the Chronicle today that Mo Diame, Paul Dummett and Ki Sung-yueng should be fit for our next test at Wolves next Monday night.
Wolves are in good form and that will be a difficult game but we have a decent chance of getting all 3 points if we play as well as we have in the last three league games.
And Yoshinori Muto will be returning from the Asian Cup where the Newcastle forward helped Japan reach the final, but they were beaten 3-1 by Qatar last Friday.
And when you think we have just signed Miguel Almiron and Antonio Barreca last month, there are six new players for Rafa to choose from.
That becomes six when Jonjo Shelvey finally comes back from his thigh injury – so the Newcastle team can be transformed in say a couple of weeks.
New in the sense that most of them have not been available for some time.
Rafa Benitez – in training
Could have 7 new players to choose from for the Huddersfield game
Here’s what Rafa has said in the Chronicle today:
“I think Diame (hip), Ki (hamstring) and Dummett (hamstring) are quite close, more so than Jonjo”
“We will see but the others are quite close, so hopefully they will be available against Wolves.”
Here are the upcoming fixtures:
Mon 11 Feb Wolves vs Newcastle 8:00pm Sat 23 Feb Newcastle vs Huddersfield 3:00pm Wed 27 Feb Newcastle vs Burnley 8:00pm Sat 02 Mar West Ham vs Newcastle 5:30pm Sat 09 Mar Newcastle vs Everton 3:00pm Sat 02 Mar Bournemouth vs Newcastle 3:00pm
We have to be in with a decent chance of winning all those games – especially if Almiron and Barreca have an immediate impact.
Even through Dummett is fit again we’ll probably see Barreca as the left wing-back at Wolves and Matt Ritchie can be moved forward on one of the wings.
Rafa has to give the Italian some game-time to see how good he is and whether the manager should sign the 23-year-old permanently in the summer.
Hopefully, in the next six games, we can get a few wins.
What do you think?