Rafa Benitez believes that by the end of the season Newcastle United ‘will be where we want to be’.
Ahead of the Reading clash, the United admits it is a case of ‘…improving in defence, improving in the middle, improving in attack’ and he believes the players in the current squad can do that.
However, he also states that there will be a number of players both leaving and arriving at the club and by September the team/squad will be much stronger.
With a hint of realism Rafa says that they still need to ‘fix everything’ and that things might not work out perfectly whilst that process is happening, though he is hopeful the transition doesn’t have to be too painful ‘…if we can do it (whilst) winning games it will be easier’.
It took Benitez four games to sort things out when he arrived at St James Park, losing three and drawing one, before going on a six match unbeaten run which included games against Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham.
Everything crossed that four matches will be the maximum Rafa needs to find his feet in the Championship.
Rafa Benitez pre-Huddersfield press conference:
“At the end of the season we will be fine, we will be good, we will be where we want to be.
“It is a long season and we know it is just the start – we have to fix things but I have confidence that we will do well.
“I think that Newcastle United is a very strong team, a strong club, but you have other clubs that are also strong and they have experience in the Championship.
“Everybody was expecting we could win every game by three goals and we knew that wasn’t like this.
“We know it is a question of improving in defence, improving in the middle, improving in attack, and we have players who can make the difference – we have to start tomorrow (v Reading).
“By the end of the transfer window we will be stronger. For me it is very very clear because we have new players coming and some players at the moment who don’t know what is going on. They will leave and we will have a strong team, a strong squad, everybody will be focused and we will be stronger.
“We haven’t won these two games and if we have to change some players (for Reading match) we will do it. We are trying to find the best understanding between players.
“We need to fix everything and if we can do it (whilst) winning games it will be easier.
“We need to find the best solution for each position.”