Surprising how a single game can turn the mood of the Newcastle faithful.
With over three weeks without a signing the Newcastle fans were becoming a little discouraged because it looked like Big Sam had been knocked back more than once in his transfer dealings.
Last night has raised the excitement levels once more as the Newcastle team and some of our fringe players had really good performances against Scottish Champions Celtic.
A Jubilant Sam Allardyce
If Sam can continue to get the very best out of players like N’Zogbia, Luque, Solano and others – our squad is going to look a lot stronger than we thought. We still need to get those 3 defenders in – and if Dyer goes we’ll need another midfielder. But Geremi looked very impressive last night in midfield so he could be freed up to occupy that position – if the defenders are brought in.
It is also going to be important to keep our injuries down this season and we got a couple more last night â€“ Butt and Taylor – which Sam talked about after the game â€“ but he started with Kieron Dyer’s absence:
“We were protecting our asset, there’s a big value in him,”
“He could have played and been one of the casualties like Nicky Butt or Steven Taylor.â€
“It depends how long Nicky’s injury is and who we buy as to if Kieron becomes more valuable to us.”
“There’s not been a bid in for him yet.”
Allardyce is also anxious to hear an injury update on Steven Taylor, who was hurt in a challenge after dwelling too long on the ball. Sam said:
“Steven is a little inexperienced in his game yet and put himself in a position in which he got himself injured,”
“He needs to learn from that, because he has felt the pain of doing the wrong thing at the wrong time, which is something we don’t want him to do.â€ “It really was disappointing for Steven to pick that up. It’s his ankle, though it might only be a slight recurrence.”
“He has to learn the fact that not putting himself in that position means you don’t get yourself injured.”
Experienced words from a former center-back and we know Steven Taylor is not the finished articleÂ yet â€“ but we cannot wait to see how he develops over the next season or two â€“ then we expect he’ll be near awesome.Â We also expect one or two of our other youngsters (Ramage, Edgar, Krul ….) to be emerging top potential stars also â€“ once they learn the ropes.
Three new defenders in and the Newcastle garden will start to look much rosier.
Comments always welcome.