Alan Pardew knows he has two big and very important players in Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton at Newcastle United.
The two massive players for Newcastle this season
Joey is having his best season at the club ever, and has been in form ever since he returned from his foot injury earlier this year.
And it seems that it’s not only on the field of play that the two senior players have been helping new manager Alan Pardew, and they’ve seemingly taken to Alan quickly.
The two Liverpool lads have given Pardew some excellent input on the team, and how they play, since the former Charlton and West Ham manager arrived a short 8 days ago into Bedlam – which was an apt description of Newcastle at the time.
We have to stress that Joey was born in Liverpool, but wants to be known as an Evertonian – so we couldn’t call them Liverpudlians in the above sentence. 😀
Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think they are both having big seasons for Newcastle. And they are chipping in with goals, and both scored crucial goals against Liverpool.”
Newcastle are on 22 points after only 17 games, and most Newcastle fans would have been delighted with that number of points so far, given we expected a relegation battle this season, and the only goal is to stay up.
If Newcastle win tomorrow that’s a massive 25 points on the board, just 6 points behind what Newcastle had in their relegation season. And our goal difference is currently +1 compared to -19 at the end of the 2008-2009 season – so things would be looking great with a win tomorrow.
If we continue at the same points pace by the way, we’d have 49 points by the end of the season, which would be an excellent first season back in the Premier League.
“When you are playing well you tend to chip in with goals as a midfield player.” “And hopefully all of our midfielders can chip in during the next few games.”
We suspect after last week’s performance, the expectations of Newcastle fans tomorrow will be high, and when that’s been the case in the past this season, we usually lose the game.
So a win tomorrow, and even a draw, would be a decent return after securing all 3 points against Liverpool – but we still look forward to the win tomorrow.
Howay The Lads