We have to admit to still being a little dazed by the terrific performance of the new Newcastle team last night.
Wayne Routledge – made two last night
We were just a little worried with the team selection, when all six new players started the game, and wasn’t that just a little risky, with a number of them making debts?
And Cardiff after all, were on an excellent run of form and 4th top of the league.
Probably, but we cannot remember a start like the one we got last night.
It was a little like when we played Swansea at home and were 3-0 up after 28 minutes, and even when we played Manchester United last year – when the lads were like men possessed in the first half.
Let’s also remember we were getting just a little worried about whether Newcastle were really promotion material, and that prompted one of our articles yesterday We’ll See What Newcastle Are Made Of Tonight.
Well we saw that – for sure, and it’s a great thing this morning for Newcastle fans everywhere, even if we are pinching ourselves just a little bit.
What most fans haven’t liked this season (we always find something not to like) is that we’ve been prepared to fight for the results, and ground out the results, and relied on our excellent defense.
But the team has rarely shown the free-flowing football of a WBA or Nottingham Forest.
And it’s almost like Hughton knew that, and he has brought in some more than decent players, which certainly seems to have strengthened the squad.
It’s hard to argue with that, when all 6 new players start the game, and we get arguably the best result of the season.
Williamson and Hall look like strong no-nonsense defenders, and Routledge is just what we need to provide the goal chances for our strikers – and he provided another two last night, one to Carroll and one to Lovenkrands.
Young van Aanholt is a youngster we’d love to have at Newcastle – maybe a season long loan next year?
And the back-line of Simpson Williamson Hall and van Aanholt was made up of all new signings made in January.
But hey, this is Newcastle, so you never know, and we cannot get too carried away.
But if they win well again next Tuesday night at Derby, that will tell us we have indeed got a more than decent squad, and four top players in the summer is probably all we need to be able to hold our own in the Premier League next season.
But we’ll see and we are certainly not jumping the gun.
Oh, and we need to keep bringing in some top youngsters.
It has been confirmed by the Newcastle Journal that we indeed have signed 18 year-old Jóhan Símun Edmundsson on a free transfer, from his club B68 in the Faroe Islands, which we had reported on yesterday.
That’s something we need to keep doing, as we must continue the Youth Development at the Newcastle club, as it’s already starting to pay off.
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