Well, the dream run is over for Newcastle United.
After suffering consecutive defeats which displayed the worst aspects of their game, it’s quite clear the team just isn’t good enough to compete high up in the Premier League.
While Rafa Benitez’s done an admirable job to steer them clear of the relegation zone, taking them further forward seems quite impossible. The mentality of the squad isn’t strong enough to defeat strong opposition and climb the Premier League ladder. It almost seems like guaranteeing survival has made the players somewhat nonchalant.
There are certain players who are pouring their heart out for the club. Salomon Rondon’s trying his best to stitch together attacks and been their spearhead up front, while Miguel Almiron’s also tried electrifying their attack. However, lacking a proper left-back, consistent defenders, as well as creative midfielders are all things that are costing them big time.
Against Palace, Benitez must have been left frustrated due to how casual the players were in the face of defeat. The Magpies just didn’t attack with enough velocity, making sloppy mistakes in attacks and not showing enough drive despite the fans’ urging. In spite of shaping the team into a formidable outfit, even Benitez can’t fill in the considerable void in the team.
It’s depressing but this project just can’t go any further. Benitez can, clearly, but not under this structure.
It’s quite evident the Spaniard can’t take them any further forward from a mid-table status. If Mike Ashley doesn’t invest enough resources for him to make considerable improvements to the mediocre squad, Benitez should ponder leaving as he cannot improve them any more than what he already has done.
With his contract expiring in just a few months time, the Benitez era at Newcastle United looks over.
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