Since Alan Pardew took over from Chris Hughton in December, Newcastle have played 10 games and amassed 13 points.
Alan Pardew – building a good side at Newcastle?
That’s not a bad return, but you can hardly say Newcastle have been lucky in those 10 league games either, since in two of them we were leading in injury time, and the other sides (Sunderland and Tottenham) equalized. 🙁
And in other games, like last Saturday at Blackburn as just one example, we could have easily picked up all 3 points.
The record is won 3, drawn 4 and lost 3 – which is not too bad at all.
We are told that the luck in the Premier League levels out over a full season, so we have to hope for more luck than we’ve had so far – and maybe we’ll score the winner in injury time tonight at St. Andrews with a penalty?
Andy Carroll leaving the club has come as an enormous shock and surprise to all of us, but he’s gone now and is not coming back.
Who exactly was responsible, or what exactly happened, we may never know in full, but each fan will make up their own minds on that one.
And Newcastle still have some excellent players in the side, and maybe the pick of the bunch are Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa. Other good players are Mike Williamson, Fab Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez.
The fans will have their own choices, but there’s little doubt that Enrique, Tiote and Barton are huge players for Newcastle United and consistently play well for the Magpies.
Newcastle got £35M for big Andy, and we are told that will be spent on players this summer, for both fees and wages, so if that happens that would be very good, and it’s only right to invest in the squad.
We probably need a couple of top strikers coming in, and we also expect Newcastle to troll for free agents – to get some good deals – maybe Swedish Internationals Elmander and Larsson could still arrive – but in any case there’s every chance Newcastle will bring in some good players this summer.
But of course the one thing Newcastle fans are scared of is losing some of our very top performers this summer, like Jose Enrique and Cheick Tiote for example, as we see that top clubs with lots of cash are interested in these two players.
We are told that both players are very happy on Tyneside, and as soon as Newcastle are safe in the PL, then Jose will open negotiations on his new contract to stay on Tyneside.
But the way Liverpool came in for Carroll at the very last minute in January, and were successful too, worries us, and worries us a lot about what may happen in the summer.
Alan Pardew wants to keep hold of his best players, because we are building quite a decent side, and wasn’t that the major reason why Alan was brought in – to build a good side?
Newcastle have Steven Taylor, Stephen Ireland, Ben Arfa, Ryan Taylor, Shola Ameobi and Dan Gosling all coming back from injury in the next few weeks, so with eveyrbody fit, the squad looks quite strong if a little weak up front – but than can be taken care of this summer.
If Mike Ashley ever wanted to get in the good books of Newcastle fans, he would come out and say Newcastle will not sell their top players in the summer, and then follow that through.
Mike will never do that of course, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating and we for one, will be shocked and disappointed if we lose even one of our top players this summer.
We even see a bright light at the end of the tunnel, and it’s getting brighter too. 😀
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