Newcastle United are now almost withing grasp of safety, with loan players Kenedy and Martin Dubravka making a major impact since arriving in January.
The Brazilian winger has seen only one defeat in the seven games he has played, Newcastle picking up 12 points from 21, thanks in major part to two goals and two assists from Kenedy.
As for Martin Dubravka, it is 10 points from 12, with three clean sheets from his five matches a massive contribution.
The Kenedy transfer situation is more in the dark, although the player himself has told Brazilian media he would be interested if Chelsea and Newcastle came to an agreement on a transfer fee in the summer.
However, with the keeper it is a little clearer.
After playing all of his club career in the minor leagues of Slovakia, Denmark and Czech Republic Dubravka has grabbed with both hands his chance in the Premier League.
There is a buying price agreed of £4m if Newcastle and Martin Dubravka want to seal that arrangement in the summer but the Slovakian international says that now isn’t the time to talk about it.
He wants to get the relegation question totally out of the way first, although he does declare ‘I want to stay here after the summer.’
The Mail report that Bundesliga clubs and at least one Italian club, Udinese, have registered their interest but that Martin Dubravka has told Sparta Prague only wants to come to Newcastle.
Just as well a buying price was agreed as with the form shown so far we could easily have seen a potential auction develop for his services in the summer. From past experience we know that tends not to end well under Mike Ashley, when it is a case of competing with other clubs in a bidding war.
Martin Dubravka was a dubious signing for most fans and when Rafa Benitez threw him in at the deep end against Manchester United only days after arriving, you feared the worst.
However, Rafa was proved correct on both the quality and character of the loan keeper, who at the age of only 29 could potentially be first choice for many years to come, just so long as we get his signature ASAP this summer – Rafa’s first signing of a new era?
“You need to stay focused until the last game of the season.
“I don’t like to say we [only] need one or two more games to stay in the league and be safe.
“Everybody knows that we are not in the best situation and need to fight for it.
“I want to stay here after the summer and so I need to be focused, I don’t think that it’s time to speak about it [a permanent deal].
“It [success] is a question of hard work on the training pitch,since I signed a loan we have worked hard in training trying to take this attitude on the training ground onto the pitch in games.
“Very happy that we could bring this energy from the training ground to the pitch.
“That is why we were successful [in recent matches I have enjoyed every game that we have played.
“I knew when I came here that we were not in the best situation but Newcastle is a huge club, with a great history, and deserves to stay in the [Premier] league.
“Everybody fights [in this Newcastle squad] and it was important that we bring the energy from the training ground [into matches].
“I don’t want to come across as arrogant…I just want it to look like I have enough confidence to help the guys.
“I just do what is natural to me and I don’t want to do anything that doesn’t look like me, playing football is what I love.”