It was a good performance last night from Newcastle, and good to have such a thorough victory against a good MLS side, before the lads return home today from America.
Steve Harper – hoping to start against Arsenal
Steve Harper played his first game of the pre-season last night, but Steve had precious little to do, as Newcastle controlled the game, and won with goals from Ameobi, Coloccini and the goal of the game from young Haris Vuckic in the very last minute.
This lad could well be looking the part for Newcastle this season, and we need to see a few of the youngsters coming through next season.
The plan was for Harper to play on Friday night in Orlando, but the artificial turf meant that manager Pardew would not risk Steve, because of his dodgy knee.
We still don’t know who Pardew will prefer as his number one goalkeeper for next season, and of course Fraser Forster also looked more than useful on the tour, and we all know how good a young goalkeeper Dutchman Tim Krul is.
This is what Steve told the Journal yesterday:
“Everybody is desperate in every position to get into the team for the Arsenal game.”
“We have a tough start to the season, and hopefully everybody can be fit and available, and give the manager a headache.”
“It was a difficult surface at Orlando that we weren’t used to. Once we saw the surface, it made sense for me to let one of the young lads get exposed to that pitch! I’ve played here before.”
“My knee had been an issue for a few years, and it was just a case of playing on until we were safe, and going in and getting the operation,”
“It gave Tim an opportunity to play the last half-a-dozen games once we had established our Premier League status.” “I feel good and strong – my shoulder and knee are fine.”
“We’ve got a good medical department here, who have given me a program to work on with my knee, and it feels better than ever.”
The interview was given before the Columbus Crew game last night, and as we said earlier, Steve had very little to do in the game.
We’ll have to wait and see who Pardew gives a run out to on Sunday, when Newcastle travel to Leeds United.
It’s going to be a close call Pardew will have to make before the Arsenal game.