The more Newcastle keep winning during our final 10 games this season, the easier it should be for Rafa to agree to stay past June, even though Mike Ashley is still the owner.
Rafa will need some promised from Ashley about the money available to spend this summer, and it will need to be sizable.
But the form of the team of late is (very) good – 13 points from the last four games and we have finally looked a threat up front with live-wire Miguel Almiron in the side.
Rafa has switched the formation to 3-4-3 and Almiron seems to be bringing the best out of Ayoze Perez up front too.
Miguel Almiron acknowledging fans in standing ovation after his home debut against Huddersfield
The new signing has been speaking to BT Sport about manager Rafa Benitez and why he wanted to come to Newcastle from Atlanta United:
“I spoke to Rafa and he gave me the impression he trusts his new players. That gives you confidence, and that was the same experience I had in Atlanta with Tata (Gerardo Martino).”
“I felt extremely happy, what player wouldn’t be ecstatic that a manager like Rafa Benitez was interested in you.”
“It was an amazing thing for me as a player, for my career, and I will do my best to make the most out of this opportunity.”
“Knowing that a manager like Rafa Benitez wants you to be in his team is quite something plus Newcastle has a great history – these were the factors that brought me here.”
Rafa has both Almiron and local lad Sean Longstaff as potential top players at the club, and he will find it difficult to walk away from the improving squad he has built under challenging circumstances on Tyneside over almost three years.
Then there are the adoring fans.
Yes – we think it will be very difficult for Rafa to leave Newcastle this summer – but it always remains a possibility we suppose.