There are 7,000 Geordie fans traveling down the Darlington for tonight’s game.
Ben Arfa – in action tonight
And those fans will be able to see the return to the first team of the great Ben Arfa, who will get 45 minutes tonight, after fully recovering from his double leg fracture he suffered at Eastlands on Sunday, October 3rd.
We;’re sure this boy will get a great reception by the Newcastle fans after nine months of recovering from his injury, during which he continued to display enormous courage.
And the Newcastle Evening Chronicle is reporting today that 18 year-old French U18 new boy Mehdi Abeid, has been extremely impressive in pre-season training, and he could be on the plane to America on Sunday.
Alan Pardew talked about the return of Ben Arfa tonight:
“It will be nice to see him in a Newcastle shirt and running around and healthy again.” “I don’t think he will be at his very best because he will need a couple of games. But he certainly looks in good shape.”
“Hatem is in good spirits but so are all of the players. We still have some good characters.” “Dan Gosling is also looking lively – he wants to progress his career and get in the team.”
“We have a few people chasing positions.”
There’s no doubt with the new players brought into the club this summer, the Newcastle first team looks stronger than last seaosn.
Here’s a possible starting line-up against Arsenal on 13th August in the very first game:
Simpson (Taylor S) Coloccini (c) Williamson Enrique (Ferguson)
Barton (Gosling) Cabaye Tiote Marveaux (Gutierrez)
That looks a good side, but hopefully Newcastle will still bring in more players this summer, to build up the numbers in the squad.
Both Cheick Tiote and new captain Fabricio Coloccini will not play tonight and want-away Jose Enrique will also not play – but we’ll see young Shane Ferguson feature and maybe even Tamas Kadar too.
Danny Simpson, Dan Gosling and Leon Best will also get playing time tonight, so we hope that Best bangs in a few goals, so that Pardew ill keep him on Tyneside this coming season – to give the lad a chance.
He deserves that after smashing in a good 6 goals in 12 appearances this year, and helping Newcastle through the loss of star striker Andy Carroll.
When told about the massive support going down to Darlington tonight, Alan has this to say:
“That’s just Newcastle fans for you, isn’t it?” “They are demanding fans but loyal, and support us through thick and thin.”
The Newcastle team can be good, poor or indifferent but the fan support is always there, which in one thing that sets Newcastle apart from a lot of the other football clubs.
Now if we could win something – soon.