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.