Rafa Benitez has taken Newcastle United to the brink of safety now.
The club have risen to 10th and 38 points with another six games to go, the well deserved victory at Leicester taking United 10 points clear of the drop zone.
The January loan signings of Martin Dubravka and Kenedy appear to have been instrumental in giving Newcastle the extra spark at just the right time.
Rafa Benitez blocked by Mike Ashley from buying anybody in January and so having to rely on the loan market.
Ian Wright is full of praise for the United boss and especially his eye for a player.
The former Arsenal and England striker saying: ‘When you have got a manager who can go into the market and get a player like Kennedy…and a goalkeeper like that.’
Kenedy has played the last eight matches and Martin Dubravka these last six, out of a possible 24 points in this last eight game period, Newcastle have picked up 15. In the previous 24 games they gathered only 23 points.
Newcastle fans have been left wondering just what could have been achieved if Rafa Benitez had been properly backed last summer. Not with vast unrealistic amounts of money but just enough to cover a couple of extra quality players who could have played the full season and not just the final few months.
Ian Wright is thinking along the same lines and says ‘hopefully Rafa Benitez can get some money’ to spend this summer.
As for the current situation, Wright believes that if Newcastle can maintain this 10th place in the Premier League ‘with what they have got, would be an amazing achievement’.
Something that no sensible Newcastle supporter could possibly contradict.
Rafa Benitez has created an amazing platform for the club/team to potentially go forward from, now he only needs the proper backing to move NUFC onto the next level.
Ian Wright speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live:
“When you have got a manager who can go into the market and get a player like Kennedy…and a goalkeeper like that.
“This is why I was praying someone like Tammy Abraham would have went there [last summer, instead of Swansea].
“And I keep saying it…because it would be an unbelievable place to score goals at and build.
“I watched him [Abraham] the other day and he came on against [Man] United and I am seeing some improvement.
“Newcastle is the kind of place under Rafa, with someone like Kennedy, who he [Abraham] knows from Chelsea – a very skilful player, very creative.
“All of sudden you can start to bring in these players and then hopefully Rafa Benitez can get some money [to spend this summer].
“Newcastle finishing tenth, with what they have got, would be an amazing achievement.”