While the international break hardly gets pulses raising, this one might be well-timed for Newcastle.

The Magpies sit 19th in the Premier League after a dismal start that has seen them fail to win a single game.

Of our first eight games, we’ve played five of last season’s top six, typifying our rough start to the campaign.

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So with the big boys out of the way for the time-being, this international break has come at a good time for Rafa Benitez.

Finally an international break to be thankful for

For two thirds of the game at Old Trafford, Newcastle were brilliant. We were able to create chances, which is very encouraging.

Despite the defeat, the performance is something we can build on.


With a nicer run of fixtures coming our way,  Benitez can give his side a real identity in training. And more importantly, find a way of winning games.

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And to do that, he needs most of his players on the training ground. This can be difficult during an international break, but the Magpies have limited casualties this time round.

DeAndre Yedlin and Martin Dubravka are the only usual starters who are away on international duty.

Paul Dummett is back in training with Newcastle after withdrawing from the Wales squad, while Salomon Rondon wasn’t called up during his comeback from injury.

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With a two week break between games, and most key players available for training, this is a great opportunity for the gaffer.

When Brighton visit St James’ Park on October 20th, we should really see what Newcastle are about this season.

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