I’m starting to wonder, is it possible that the sheer number of players coming in…is it going to hold Newcastle United back?

Don’t get me wrong, I know full well like everyone else that major changes were needed to get our club out of the mire that we have been in for so many years.

However, with such a big overhaul, are the players/team going to settle?

Gel? Get it right when it counts?

After watching the Fulham game I’m glad in a way that we have been brought down to earth with a bump, we had all had the hype and happiness that Rafa had stayed and that the club seem to be turning a corner in terms of how it is run.

I hope in the next two home games that we start to see us playing more, going for it in a big way.

The pressure is bigger than ever this season and on top of that if (and hate to say it) we don’t get promoted, I hope that Rafa sees it through. I know it’s early doors yet and we are only one game in but it has to change very quickly in the next two games.

I can see Mohamed Diame making a better impact in midfield and I don’t get what Rafa sees in Colback. I just don’t see what he brings to the party????

As for the front two, I think this is maybe going to be our biggest downfall unless we quickly find what works – Mitro’s suspension isn’t helping matters due to no one to hold the ball up, something that no one else brings to the team.

I don’t doubt Gayle etc have got goals in them but we lacked everything going forward at Fulham.

Was it being scared to commit going forward?? Or pressure and hype of pre-season?

I fear it may be a long tough season. I never expected that we would walk the league by any means but on first evidence at Fulham this may take a lot longer than some expected.

Hopefully these next two home games will quell any panic and Rafa will find a settled system by then.