Alan Pardew Welcomes Selection Problems For Next Season


Alan Pardew thinks he will have some selection  problems next season, and that’s good to hear.

Alan Pardew – selection headaches – good!

One thing Newcastle have had in the last two seasons is a very small squad, and in the promotion season, manager Chris Hughton handled the squad brilliantly.

Chris  never brought back players too early from injury, and we had very few injuries that season, as Chris  took no chances, and it’s just one part of a great job Chris Hughton did that season for Newcastle United.

But last season, especially after the turn of the year, Newcastle had more injuries than any other Premier League club, and it was just like  old times  – unfortunately.

Alan having selection problems has got to be good, and we hope by September 1st, his selection headaches will be even  bigger, because we really need to improve the size and quality of the Newcastle squad.

And considering it is still only early  July,  Newcastle still have plenty of time left in this transfer window to improve and expand the squad.

The great Ben Arfa is back this summer, as is fellow long term injury victim  Dan Gosling , and along with  Yohan Cabaye, Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba also pushing for first team places, Pardew believes he  has a selection headache on his hands.

Ben Arfa will make his return to the first team next Friday evening at Darlington, and that will be a good game to watch.

This is what Alan Pardew told the Newcastle press today:

“He can make a lot of impact here this season.” “It is not just about Hatem of course – there are a lot of good players here.”

“In fact, we have a lot of options in each position and that’s what any manager wants.” “It creates competition for places having Hatem back.”

“The greater difficulty I have in selecting my team the better.” “It is a selection problem, but it is a problem I want.”“It is a very nice problem to have.”

It will be great to see Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling back in the first team, and of course it looks like Yohan Cabaye will be the new play-maker in the middle of the park.

Yohan  will partner the great Cheick Tiote, and that looks to be an excellent partnership in the middle of the field for Newcastle, with the very skilled Cabaye, coupled  with the take no prisoners approach of  Ivory Coast International Tiote.

As we reported this morning, Alan Pardew can choose a more than decent side already, from the players who have arrived on Tyneside this summer.

With the skilled players who are now available, Newcastle can become a very skilled team, and very good to watch next seaosn.

In any case, that’s what we are hoping for.

Comments welcome.



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327 comments so far

  • BonVoyageBenny

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Denied.

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  • seanodinho

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #2

    1st

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #3

    I want some transfer news!!

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  • JackButler

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #4

    With Tavener, Vukic, Kadar and hopefully Lua Lua joining young Fergie in the 1st team squad, plus the 4 signing we’ve completed so far, you have to say we look a lot stronger than last season, lets hope that there will be another two or three more additions to allow us to have a real go next season

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #5

    People talk about the our squad being thin, but we have a large amount of backup/younger players who, despite what the snobs on here think, would make adequate backup for about 70 percent of this league…

    Guthrie, Kadar, Lover, Sammy & Strolla Ameobi, Xisco, Ferguson, Tavernier, Lua Lua, Raylor, Smith, Best, Ranger..

    & I’ve almost certainly forgotten a few.

    Hopefully Airey & Vuckic live up to Beardo’s hype!

    Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be as angry as anyone if come September 1st we’ve broke even on transfers – as we currently have. But that doesn’t mean bad things for the team necessarily.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #6

    On another note, it’ll be very interesting to see if Gosling lives up to his hype.

    Everton fans loved him before he literally went to court to escape that dump of a city.

    But after that incident, they claim he was rubbish all along!

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  • Certainly fighting for places for CF and ofc we have atleast 3 good CB’s and 1 LB atm, more than enough and alot of selection problems ofc like how do we keep all the MFer’s happy.
    Seriously, there’s no balance …….. yet.

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    SEASON TICKET HOLDER HELP – i didn’t expect to be able to afford a season ticket this year, but it seems i can, is there still a chance of getting one or not?

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  • dave 1961

    Jul 9, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #9

    toonLYF get one in the family area its £100 cheaper.

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  • BonVoyageBenny

    answer me this, What is the difference between 1st and Denied?

    Either contribute to the article or dont comment at all.

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #12

    and they’re still available? i should be able to get a fair amount off it anyway with dare i say a student card, but there’s no where on the website that says there’s some for sale to new buyers

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  • Toon Follower

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Trying to find a reasonable price for two tickets for the Newcastle vs Man.U game yet im not a season ticket holder does anyone know of a site that could get me respectable prices thanks alot guys HWTL

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  • NottsGeordie

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Benny

    Vive is right. You think your being clever stopping people putting first but putting denied is just as bad

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #15

    toonlyf – yea season tickets are still available

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #16

    am happy with the way the squad is looking am fully expecting kadar, taveriner n vukic, lualua to step n all to get new deals bar vukic who jus got one, plus with gosling n hba n abeid, cabaye, ba n marveux n a couple more were looking good
    and there could b a few more youngs step up like moyo, newton, innman, airey exciting times ahead i think

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #17

    its so annoying when you first come on the blog and the first comment you read is ” 1st” …… why???? its like bein back at skool haha!!!

    yes newcastle have got a strong starting 11 but we need just as gud back up 11 so keep buying fat ashley !!!!!

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #18

    FootballShirtsUnited f@ck off

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  • toonLYF

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #19

    @davybtoon
    @dave 1961

    thanks

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #20

    ross armstrong are back is already starting to look stronger if u consider jonas, barton, best, gosling cud all be on the bench n of course more players will come in ppl jus need to hvae patience

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #21

    IVE GOTA FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOUS

    1. WHENS THE NEW AWAY KIT COMING OUT?
    2. IS IT ORANGE?
    3.WHEN WILL THE FIRST HOME GAME TICKETS BE AVAILABLE?

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #22

    Ross what’s with the capital letters. Lol

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  • davybtoon

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #23

    23rd july is the release date for away kit n yes its orange on the offical website

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #24

    avybtoon // Jul 9, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    ross armstrong are back is already starting to look stronger if u consider jonas, barton, best, gosling cud all be on the bench n of course more players will come in ppl jus need to hvae patience

    yeah thats true we are getting loads stronger but i have no patience for ashley mate

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #25

    oh dear i was hoping sum1 would tel me it wasnt gna be orange!! never mind im still gna get it 🙂

    tonytoon i have no idea lol

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Ross I thought you were angry for a minute. Lol

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  • bigdan1980

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #27

    does anyone know where i can get a toon shirt for about £29.99???

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Big dan f@ck off. Lol

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #29

    just to let everyone know Jose Enrique will be going to Liverpool…..

    my mother and sister has the same hairdresser as Enrique and his wife plus captain colo and Enriques wife has asked the hairdresser if she will be able to go down to Liverpool to do the hair…..

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  • seanodinho

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #30

    hey ed when you gunna post anything true? you suck more than a macken

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  • 09nufc09

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #31

    Liverpool are signing cissoko according to france football who are very reliable.

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  • seanodinho

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #32

    this aint liverpool we dont care

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  • Tonytoon73

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #33

    Haz that’s sh1te, do you honestly think colo gets his f@cking hair cut.

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  • SwedishMagpie

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #34

    haha in sweden there’s a bet site if you bet for £20 you get the new shirt 🙂

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  • deeeeeeano

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Enrique is not married

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  • bigdan1980

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #36

    well haz my mams,cousins,uncles,brothers dogs former vet, reckons that collocini gets his hair done at forpaws on heaton road coz they do the best poodle cuts. so stop talking out of your snatch

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  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #37

    @Tonytoon73

    its true pal

    she does jonas hair aswell

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  • Brutooon

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Alan Pardew hardest decision is whether to gave Ameobi the No 9 shirt or not

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  • ross armstrong

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #39

    tony im never angry mate , infact i get a little fed up when i see someone repeatedly offering a toon top for £29.99!!

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  • bigdan1980

    Jul 9, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #40

    im serious tonytoon im not paying £40 i want one for around £29.99! if only there was some kind of internet based seller….maybe an ebay seller of somekind selling them for £29.99 but you just dont hear about these things anymore, its not like they post it all over this blog getting on your t!ts is it.

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