We are currently just under one third of the way through the current Championship Season and Newcastle United sit proudly at the top of the league table, three points clear of our two nearest challengers and with a far superior goal difference.
After losing the first two games of the season, things settled down and since then we have won 10 drawn 1 and lost only one of the subsequent 12 games.
It’s clear that United have the strongest squad in this division with the most quality. And competition for places is keeping things sharp.
Squad morale is said to be off the scale, according to those players who have gone public on the matter.
Our top class manager, with a record of success and professionalism as long as your arm, is clearly content with progress.
Things are looking good.
So why are some fans moaning?
In recent weeks we’ve read about fans who have decided Rafa is too cautious and advised him, with their wealth of knowledge and experience to change to 4-4-2.
We’ve also heard these expert fans deciding that the likes of Diame, Colback, Dummett or whoever shouldn’t be in the team, and Rafa shouldn’t play him.
Let’s get one thing straight. United fans are entitled to their opinions.
Now we’ve got that out of the way, can we get back to reality?
The key message everyone needs to understand is that Rafa Benitez knows what he’s doing. That’s why we’re sitting at the top of the league table.
Apparently, some fans want to play 4-4-2 to give Mitrovic a game to maybe increase our attacking potential. Folks, we’ve scored 30 goals in 14 league games this season, an average of over 2 goals per game!
So there are plenty of goals are going in!
Rafa also took the trouble recently in the local press to patiently point out to the bar room experts that changing to 4-4-2 takes a player away from the midfield engine room with the potential for the number of chances created to drop.
Rafa doesn’t want to do that. That’s good enough for me.
As for who plays? Well Rafa has gone on record as saying his team selection is influenced by how players are doing in training, especially in the days immediately before a game. Those players doing well have a chance of playing.
It’s as simple as that – and clearly appears to be working well.
Rafa is doing a great job at the Toon. Whatever decisions he makes are fine by me.
So folks, trust Rafa – He knows what he’s doing! Just buckle up and enjoy the ride!!
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