The Newcastle defense has looked resolute in the first two games of this season.
John Carver and Alan Pardew oversee training
And credit to Alan Pardew, the coaches, and of course the players, as they have concentrated on that in their pre-season training, and it seems to be paying off.
In both the first 45 minutes of the first two games, Newcastle came under severe pressure from Arsenal and Sunderland, but the lads managed to hang on well, and not concede a goal.
And not only that, but with changes made in the formation after half time, Newcastle came on strong in both games to get an excellent 4 points.
And would you believe it, but Newcastle are the only side in England not to have conceded a goal this season, so that’s quite an accomplishment, and it will be interesting to see how many clean sheets Newcastle can accomplish this season.
The more the better.
Alan Pardew is delighted with the Newcastle defense, but on the other hand Newcastle have looked rather feeble up front, so that needs to be improved.
This is what the manager said today on the official Newcastle site:
“We pride ourselves on some of the defensive work we do here and last year when I was here we were really tight,”
“I was really pleased with that, but of course it is only a platform to attack and the attacking side of our game needs to improve.”
“We need to threaten the goal more than we have done in the last two Premier League games. But our defensive displays have been very, very good and hopefully we will take that to Scunthorpe.”
Newcastle have five new players in so far, and we’re hoping for at least two more top signings in the next eight days.
A striker and a left-back are still needed, and then if Newcastle also sign the two top French youngsters currently on trial, Danny Situ and William Rémy, then Newcastle will have done well in the transfer market this summer.
That will be six first team signings and three excellent youngsters in Abeid, Situ and Rémy), and at least seven of them will be French, since the two lads on trial are French Youth Internationals from Lens.
The three youngsters will all be from Lens in fact, and we assume they already know each other well, but Situ and Rémy will need to impress to be offered Newcastle contracts.
Winning is the main thing for the Magpies, and it’s even possible that Newcastle could win their next two games at Scunthorpe on Thursday night in the Carling Cup, and then at home against a beatable Fulham side on Sunday Afternoon.
“As long as you win, that is the most important thing. I’m not going to go down the road of saying we want to score three or four goals – we are not in that place at the moment,”
“We have a new team, with new players and some people were thinking I would be sat here now with only one point, or even zero from two games.”
“But we have four points, have started the season very solidly and have something to build on.”
The attack could be improved by signing another top striker, which we assume Newcastle will do before September 1st, although who that will be we have no real idea, since Sochaux’s Modibo Maiga seems too expensive.
And we have to hope that once Demba Ba settles in, he can come through to have a good season, and also Leon Best, who looked just great early in the year.
And we also have Shola Ameobi, who signed a two year contract extension recently, and the reliable Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands, and maybe even youngster Nile Ranger, if he bucks up his ideas and becomes a better professional.
We are also hoping we don’t have any shocks in the last eight days of this window, and we don’t lose any more of our very good players, like Cheick Tiote and Joey Barton, as just two examples.
That would not be good, but we keep looking on the bright side, and everything could end up looking very decent come September 1st.
Howay The Lads!!