It can all get a little bit overwhelming for Newcastle fans at the moment.
It is a case of opportunity knocks for Newcastle United players against Blackburn, maybe positives from unexpected places?
The depression that hangs over the club in this twelfth season under Mike Ashley is already bad enough.
However, to then add little chance of an imminent takeover, Rafa Benitez obviously having no intention of signing a contract extension as things stand, as well as no sign of positive movement in the transfer window, it gets ever worse.
Maybe though, just maybe, we could get an unexpected spark of positivity coming out of Saturday’s FA Cup match.
None of us expect Rafa Benitez to play a full strength team, so opportunity knocks for young and/or fringe players.
It becomes ever harder for young players to get their chance, especially in the Premier League.
However, Newcastle’s young/fringe players have every incentive against Blackburn.
For starters, if NUFC progress then the same group of players would surely get their chance again in three weeks time in the fourth round, as Newcastle play both Man City and Spurs within the following week.
Who knows, these young/fringe players could even take Newcastle into the fifth round for the very first time in 12 years of Mike Ashley. Imagine that…?
Players such as Sean Longstaff could start convincing Rafa Benitez he could be trusted in the Premier League in the coming months. This season Newcastle haven’t scored a single goal from outside the box, whilst last season Sean Longstaff scored them for fun as he got nine goals in total from midfield when on loan at League One Blackpool.
Could he do that in the Premier League? We’ll never know if he never gets the chance.
The same with Jacob Murphy, who has done the odd excellent thing since a £10m move 18 months ago but obviously not made the manager think he deserves any kind of a regular chance.
With so few cup matches and very definitely no European ones, it is maybe more difficult at Newcastle than any other club, for young/fringe players to suggest that they can progress. Training sessions only go so far.
Every player has a starting/turning point in their career and just maybe one or two could star against Blackburn and beyond.
Hate to say it but certainly looks more chance of this happening than ready made answers arriving for (relatively) big fees in this transfer window.