It seems that Alan Pardew is pleased enough with the three game tour of America which ended on Tuesday evening. with Newcastle hammering Columbus Crew by 3-0. The Crew are currently second top of the MLS Eastern conference.
Alan Pardew – pleased enough with US tour
The tour of Kansas, Orlando and Columbus was successful, although an awful lot happened in what was a short 10 days in America.
But as usual, Pardew elected to look at the positive side of things, and he had this to say about the tour:
“We’ve had some really good training days and some great games, so I’m very pleased that it has ended with a win and we can reflect on it now.”
“If the fans that watched us in Orlando had seen us against Columbus, they’d have seen a completely different side. We had more energy and the pitch wasn’t a factor, so we proved that some of those excuses we used were in fact true.”
“We don’t like to lean on excuses but there were reasons for the Orlando performance. But overall, the tour has been very constructive for us and we’ve had a defeat, a draw and a win.”
“We’ll look at it and see if it’s something that we want to do again because the competition was great. It would be a good place to come back to because we’ve gained a lot of friends.”
“On a tour like this you learn about the player’s personalities and get to know them a little bit better. They are a good set of lads who want to do well.”
Alan’s right about the Orlando City and Columbus games being so different, as in Orlando Newcastle looked fairly listless, in fact completely listless and yet in Columbus they looked energetic and simply overwhelmed the Crew with some excellent attacking.
And maybe the most pleasing thing on the tour was the decent form shown by a lot of the Newcastle youngsters, including James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Dan Gosling and Paul Dummett, an emergency replacement for Ryan Taylor, who looked very solid indeed in the second half on Tuesday night, when he replaced the skillful Fabricio Coloccini.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the Newcastle squad will be a lot more dependent on some of our youngsters this coming season, than in seasons gone by.
That’s because three squad is still far too small for the Premier League, and we’d love to see players like Haris Vuckic, James Tavernier and Shane Ferguson come through big time this coming season.
And what’s happened to 21 year-old Tamas Kadar, who seemed a very promising defender and is already a full Hungarian International.
If the youngsters can come through, then that will help bolster the first team squad, and the squad will not look as threadbare as it’s looked in the last couple of seasons.
What do you think?