It was clear that Rafa was not a happy man after the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Saturday and it was a below-par performance from the Newcastle team.
Add to that the possible serious injury to young star Sean Longstaff, and it was not a good day for us.
We are waiting for the results of the scan on Sean’s knee to be announced, and if he has sustained knee ligament damage, he could be out for the season.
But Newcastle have Diame, Shelvey, and Ki to come in and deputize for the 21-year-old and all three are keen to be starting games again for the team.
So we do have strength in depth in central midfield, and it could be a massive opportunity for Shelvey to come in and get the job done for Newcastle after he has hardly played for over two months.
Rafa Benitez – will delay team selection
Rafa is going to wait until he has seen how the three of them perform in training and then decide who will start if Sean cannot play – which is likely.
This is what Rafa has said today in the Shields Gazette:
“To be fair, we will see how they train, what they do during the week, and after we will decide,”
“Normally, after the game, you’re not very happy, and it’s not the time to make decisions.”
“It’s the time to analyse and think.”
It’s another important game for Newcastle against Everton at St. Jame’s Park.
A win would be absolutely terrific, but Everton look to be in good form after holding Liverpool to a 0-0 draw at home last Sunday.
Personal health update:
I had thorough tests carried out last Tuesday to check on my health condition.
The results are the stage four cancer remains in stable condition, and while the PSA count has risen by a minuscule amount over the last three months, there’s no other evidence the cancer has spread.
I am so thankful for the latest results and inspired by the doctors and nurses at the Rex Cancer Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Wonder when Rafa is going to sign his new deal so he can make Newcastle great again?