The Newcastle squad is now in Murcia in Spain for a five-day training camp in the summer.
The team will play CSKA Moscow on Saturday at the Pinatar Arena, Murcia, before a crucial game at home to Huddersfield Town a week on Saturday.
And is followed four days later with another relegation 6 pointer at home to an improving Burnley side.
It’s an excellent chance for Raga to train the players and get our two new players Miguel Almiron and Antonio Barreca involved in the team.
Ki, Diame, Dummett, and Shelvey are returning from injuries so they can also be integrated back into the team.
Muto is also back from International duty with Japan.
Newcastle squad listening to the boss in Spain
Rafa will now have the complete squad to pick from for the rest of the season assuming we can keep the players fit.
Only fourth choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot is not available for the rest of the season.
This is what Benitez has said about this week’s training in Spain as reported in the Shields Gazette:
“With the new players, they will (get to) know the others,”
“We will try to work in the way that we want to work, and then everybody will understand exactly what we are trying to do.”
“Hopefully, it will be a good atmosphere and a good time training.”
“I was thinking before that it was an opportunity for players, after one week, to show something,”
“But even more importantly, we have had some players out with injuries, and the new players.”
“So it will be an opportunity for them to play with the others and see how they can improve their match fitness.”
“Some of them have been injured for a while,”
“They can have some minutes under their belts, and it will be good for everyone.”
This break has come at an excellent time for the team.
We must now start to string together some wins if we are to climb the table and finally move away from the relegation zone.