We have 9 games remaining for this season and we have 31 points so if we can get 14 points from those 9 games we will beat last season’s total of 44 points.
We’re sure that is one of Rafa’s goals for this season.
But he has also talked about how long term he wants to compete against the top six clubs in England – the two Manchester clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Arsenal.
Chelsea are 6th of those clubs in the current Premier League table and they are 13 points above 7th placed Wolves.
The goal differences of the top six clubs are also way above the rest – for example, Chelsea’s is +19 and Wolves is +2.
And the other five clubs have better goal differences that Chelsea’s.
No club below Wolves has a better goal difference than +2.
Rafa Benitez – wants to compete for a top six place
So they are a step above the other clubs in the Premier League based mainly on their continuous high investments in their playing squads.
Here’s what Rafa has said in the Chronicle about potentially competing with those top six clubs:
“Hopefully on Saturday we can compete with them (Everton).”
“The bigger picture, yeah, I think we have the potential to be at this level.”
“What is clear is that the top six are a little bit far away from the others.”
“I don’t think it’s impossible to compete against some of them – the top six; I don’t say that, not in the long term.”
“But these positions from seventh to 10th, I think there are four or five big clubs who can be there, depending on whether you do things right.
“As soon as someone [from the top six] makes a mistake, then you can catch them. “
“Everything has to be fine to be sure that you can compete against them.”
That’s one of the things (to compete for a top six position) he will let Mike Ashley know during the upcoming negotiations.
We hope Ashley doesn’t just faint or choke on his corn flakes when Rafa tells him that.
You can never accuse Mike Ashley of being ambitious in the way he runs Newcastle United
That’s one of the major problems Rafa has about staying on Tyneside – the frugal owner.