Hmm, so when do we start worrying about this season?

How about now?

Huddersfield – hardly one of the top Championship sides – have became the latest team to win their cup final against Newcastle, and it will be firmly inside Rafa Benitez’s head that more work needs to be done if the Geordies are to get back into the Premier League.

The Terriers are in the first season of a revolution of their own, led by Jurgen Klopp’s former assistant manager, David Wagner.

And goals from Nahki Wells and Jack Payne – either side of a Dwight Gayle rebound from a penalty – secured the win for Huddersfield, and left Newcastle without a point from their first two games.

Here’s five things we learned:

Matt Ritchie Pre Season Bohemians

Rafa Is Scared Of Starting Two Wingers

One thing that’s come into question in the first two games of the season is Rafa’s selection in the wide roles.

Vurnon Anita is simply not a winger, and when you’ve got two as good as Rolando Aarons and Matt Ritchie, you start them both.

The pairing of Isaac Hayden and Jonjo Shelvey in midfield seems like the right choice, but having Anita on the wing takes away any threat from the right hand side.

Surely starting the pair of them is the most obvious choice, to support the often isolated Gayle up front.

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The Referees In The Championship Are Different

And by different, I mean not very good.

Some will put it down to the “physical” style of play in the league, but the push on Chancel Mbemba for Payne’s winning goal would have been given in a Sunday League game.

However, it went unpunished, as did Aaron Mooy’s hack earlier on, and Town escaped with 11 men and three points.


Jesus Gamez Must Be Scratching His Head

On his first day of training, Gamez must have looked at Paul Dummett and thought “yep, the left back slot is mine this season”.

But Dummett keeps getting the nod, and Gamez will likely fall further down the pecking order when Newcastle sign Brendan Galloway on loan for the season.

Maybe he’s been brought in to deputise when Daryl Janmaat potentially leaves, but until then, he must look at Dummett chasing shadows every weekend and wonder why he’s not getting a game.


We Need Mitrovic – Soon

Gayle will certainly score goals in this division, but not if we keep the current tactics.

Long balls in the channels might get you one goal every couple of games, but without a target man, it just doesn’t work.

Mitrovic has two more games until he’s back from suspension, and judging by the two performances we’ve put in without him, those games can’t pass quickly enough.

Moussa Sissoko Must Be Worried

When he’s not sulking and dreaming of a move to Real Madrid (who’ve literally never been interested in him, according to Marca), Sissoko is training alone.

He doesn’t want to play for Newcastle any more (isn’t that a shame) and the fans don’t want him back in a black and white shirt anytime soon.

But, if there’s no bids for a player, he can’t be sold, so he may end up being forced to play for Newcastle again.

And the two performances we’ve put in so far will be tempting him to stump up some of his whopping transfer fee himself – because he wants no part of this.