Good Competition For Places Within The Newcastle Squad


Whatever checks the Newcastle scouting team made on the new players coming to Newcastle in the summer, it seems to have worked.

Jonas Gutierrez – 7 goals in 117 appearances for Newcastle

One piece of good news this season is that the six new players signed in the summer, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid, Gabriel Obertan and Davide Santon, have quickly been assimilated into the squad, and the team spirit remains very high.

We’ve seen over the last two seasons, that’s a very important aspect of the Newcastle team, and the relegation squad of three years ago certainly didn’t have too much team spirit, and we lost points in the league because of that.

Jonas Gutierrez has been a good player for Newcastle since he arrived from  Real Mallorca three years ago, and he has managed to keep his first team place, in spite of Newcastle signing a couple of very good wingers.

The Argentine International had this to say today:

“The next game is Aston Villa, and they have a lot of new players.” “We have to get a good result – if we can’t win, we have to take a point and they will have to battle hard to get it, like QPR.”

“We are always together – the team spirit is good here.” “We have welcomed the new players, and they’re really good with the group.”

“They are playing really well, and we have good competition in all the places.” “It’s a good way to go, we have to go the same way.”

Newcastle did not play well on Monday night, and the only good thing to take out of the game was another solid performance from the Newcastle defense, although Ryan Taylor, the make-shift left-back, was given a torrid time of it  by the impressive Shaun Wright Phillips, who was in great form.

We would expect Davide Santon to come in on Saturday at left-back at Villa Park, and if he doesn’t, then we would assume that has  something to do with how he looks in training,  and maybe he needs a bit more time to get accustomed to the way Newcastle play the game.

But Jonas thought the point at QPR was a good one on Monday evening:

“I think it was a good point away from home.”   “It was a small pitch, and they tried to press high up the pitch, and not let us play the ball.”

“We did the right things, but we want to do them better, of course.”  “This is the Premier League, and all the games are tough and hard.”

“You don’t have easy games, so to have eight points after four games is really good.”  “What we have to do is to go in the same way.”

“We don’t have do to anything different, we just have to improve and do things better.”  “We don’t have to change anything.”

Given that QPR had five players making their debut on Monday, following the International break,  experienced manager Neil Warnock had done a very good job in getting the players to combine so well together, and their display augers well for their future in the Premier League.

They certainly deserved all three points against Newcastle, based on the balance of the play, but we’ll take the point, which was a very good one for Newcastle.

Now, hopefully, the lads will play a lot better on Saturday, and who knows, if they can do that, they even get the win.

Comments welcome.



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6 comments so far

  • drongo

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    maybe im reading too much into that – but sounds to me like we’re setting up for another 4-4-2

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  • Burni

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    from last post:

    Blissna agree with 4-5-1 and passing play, last game was painful!

    Im gonna reiterate, I personally would take Tiote off, two games tops he needs to know that he is not guaranteed a place… I will also use the same reference point….. when ben arfa came in and gutierrez was dropped to the bench he was an animal….. he WANTED to prove himself.

    Cab, gos
    Obertoon, Jonas, Marveaux/ferguson

    get it done monsiuer Pardieu

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  • cheikmate

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Pardew will always play 4-4-2 at home, which is the right thing to do but away at villa he needs a 5 man midfield. I expect best to be playing and santon surely has to start now. heres my team for sat:

    ___________Krul___________
    Simmo___Saylor__Collo___Santon
    Obertan__Cabaye__Tiote__Jonas
    __________Gosling_____
    ____________Best

    Or this for a rational shake-up ? looks more creative to me.

    ___________Krul___________
    Simmo___Saylor__Collo___Santon
    Gosling__Cabaye__Tiote__Marveaux
    __________Jonas_____
    ____________Ba

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  • Bryan

    Sep 15, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully our luck will continue at Villa, because thats the only reason we have eight points so far. I think we will all agree that on another ocasion we could be sitting here with mybe 1 or 2 points. We have hardly put 2 passes together in all 4 games and its only a matter of time before teams start putting away chances created against us. I am still waiting to see this so called creativity in midfield, all i have seen so far is the long ball. Its come to something when QPR pass us off the park. Points will always cover over poor performances which I think we will all agree is happening.
    The coaches need to start drumming into the players to pass and move, pass and move. Hopefully this will start at Villa but I think this will be our most difficult game so far. The defence has played well so far but we are simply not even looking like creating any chances for our attackers. Your defence will never win you games only goals will do that and sadly I can not see where our goals are coming from.
    Lets hope everything clicks into place at Villa.

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  • matt11_25

    Sep 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #5

    You are wrong bryan. It’s easy to see the increase in creativity and further pace which definitely lacked which is vital to this league. Away games will always be difficult especially against a team with five debutants raring to prove themselves. So pull your head out mate.

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  • Bryan

    Sep 15, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Matt11_25
    I am not disputing the fact that our new players have pace or as such creativity its just that i have not seen it in the first 4 games and if you have then you have been watching different games to me. Also to make an excuse for a poor display at QPR based on their team having 5 debutants is an easy option. Every team we come up against early on will have debutants, so does that mean if we lose we can blame it on this fact, I dont think so. We also have new players raring to prove themselves, well I hope they are, so please dont make excuses for what has been 4 very average performances so. Like I said earlier lets hope everything clicks on Saturday.

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