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Rafa Benitez sees good competition despite admitting weak in certain positions

4 years ago

As Rafa Benitez prepares to move in the transfer market, he nevertheless is still reassured that there is competition in his squad already.

As it stands, Rafa points to how he can choose between the likes of Cisse and Mitrovic up front, Anita or Janmaat at right-back and Wijnaldum competing with Ayoze Perez as attacking midfielders.

For too long many players at Newcastle were guaranteed their places no matter what their form was and ever since the fifth place in 2011/12 things have gone downhill, with the exception of the first half of the 2013/14 season before Yohan Cabaye was sold.

Once Rafa Benitez got his feet under the table at Newcastle last season, we saw just how ruthless he can be, as the likes of Mitrovic, Wijnaldum and Shelvey all saw themselves dropped.

Whilst Rafa is now talking about strength in depth, you only have to go back a couple  of weeks to know that he doesn’t see this as the case throughout his squad.

The manager saying that he didn’t need to spell out where Newcastle were weak because the supporters are knowledgeable enough to see for themselves.

Rafa Benitez 10 June 2016:

“I think I don’t need to talk about specific positions. Our fans are very knowledgeable; they will know which positions we need to strengthen, just like we know.

“We are working to strengthen positions in which we are weak, of course. We have our priorities, we have our targets and we are making very good progress behind the doors.

Rafa Benitez talking to the Chronicle 26 June 2016:

“We have some good competition.

“People ask about Mitrovic or Cisse, Gini or Ayoze and Anita & Janmaat – that for me is quite positive.

“It means we have players competing for positions, the only thing I see from that is positive.

“It will be good for us and much better for the team.”


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