Newcastle United’s safety is guaranteed. There is no doubt that we will be witnessing our boys in black and white stripes next season gracing Premier League pitches, and surprising teams and critics alike. But that does not mean that the club should take the rest of this season for granted. They have a lot to prove; to themselves, to the fans, and to Rafa Benitez.
Safety doesn’t mean that the club doesn’t have things to improve on. It just means that the club can get a head start on planning for the future. One with Benitez, one without Benitez, and one with the potentiality of having a transfer budget that actually accomplishes some goals. But every player’s spot is on the line. It is no secret that this was one of the least talented Newcastle United squads in recent years. The club would have dominated in the Championship, as they did last season, but to come into the Premier League and fight to a potential tenth place finish defeating Arsenal and Manchester United was something that not many people felt was in the cards.
Newcastle United needs to continue to battle. They need to cut deadweight. They need to focus on retaining the whole reason why they are where they are.
Safety may mean Premier League football next season. But it guarantees nothing more.