Newcastle Squad Looks Stronger Than Last Season


Ben Arfa’s return and the fine games put in by a number of Newcastle’s fringe players on Tuesday night at Nottingham Forest,  have convinced Danny Simpson that Newcastle have a stronger squad than last season.

Danny Simpson – challenges Matt Derbyshire Tuesday night

Certainly with Alan Pardew making 9 changes from the side that drew with Aston Villa last Saturday,  it looks like Newcastle have some excellent players coming through in the form of Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson, Sylvain Marveaux, Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling to name only a few.

And the squad looks stronger, even though Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton have all departed this year.

Alan Pardew will bring Ben Arfa back slowly, and the Frenchman will likely only be a substitute on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers, but Alan will also have to ensure that some of those good up-and-coming players on show at the City Ground, get playing time too – somehow.

Danny Simpson  scored with a cross for Newcastle’s 3rd goal at the City Ground (he meant to score – yeah right), was his second goal ever for Newcastle, and he thinks the Newcastle manager has more options than he had back in May:

“The squad is better all-round than it was last year. And I think we’ve got more belief, to be honest,”

“We have more attacking options and while we’ve been very good at not conceding goals this season, when we do like at Forest we are capable of hitting back.”

“There’s been a lot of talk about us not scoring enough, but we created a lot of chances. A few of the lads who came in look like they’re going to be really good players and they would be ready for the Premier League if they were called on.”

We have been very impressed with the new French players Newcastle have brought inover the summer, and all look good players.

Abeid and Marveaux were both good on Tuesday night, and we think Gabriel Obertan can become a good player for Newcastle,  once he settles down a bit, and improves his final ball.

And Yohan Cabaye is very fast becoming a star player at Newcastle.

To be 4th top of the league,  and in the 4th round of the Carling Cup, and unbeaten in what is the best start to a season since the heady days of 1995 under Kevin Keegan – cannot be bad.

Fact.

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47 comments so far

  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    playing better as a team yes a stronger squad no!

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    We look stronger without a real LB? We will start a trend

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #3

    a kid on the last thread was lookin for stuff to put in an essay piece he was writing on Sir Bobby Robson and has me thinkin his quotes over the years where absoloute crackers – “im not gona look beyond the semi final – but i would love to lead newcastle out at the final” never gets old.

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  • toonfan76

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #4

    @WWJBD
    I see your point there, Any further news on Santon since his knee was drained? This guy is another player that excites me to see playing, Hope he is fit really soon.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #5

    and when he was talkin bout bellamy “he’s the only man i know who could start an argument with himself” ha ha good auld bobby

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  • Klatoon

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #6

    No LB? Have we sold Santon already?

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  • toonfan76

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    The reason Sir Bobby was adored by everyone is simple, He was a true Old School Geordie Gentleman. A legend amongst legends. Gone but never forgotten.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #8

    SBR quotes my two favourites are “In the first half he took a corner, a poor corner, which hit the first defender, and it took him 17 minutes to get back to the halfway line.” (About Robert) and “We didn’t underestimate them. They were a lot better than we thought.”

    Those always make me laugh and the Shola Carl Cort

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  • toonfan76

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #9

    Some classic quotes there BOOM BOOM. Diamonds like Sir Bobby don’t come along very often. Maybe once every three or for Generations.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #10

    well said toonfan76

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    “gary speed is irreplaceable where will i get another experienced player that has a left foot and a head” ha ha ha so innocently funny they crack me up

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  • toonfan76

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #12

    I still get chills sometimes when I think about him being one of us and how special he was. Have his Autobiography, A great great man who loved his family and his football. The world is a slightly sadder place when he is not in it.

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  • davybtoon

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #13

    Can’t believe ed just had a go at obertan for his crossing when jonas is terrible at crossing for last 3 seasons

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  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #14

    To be back on Topic:

    We are Stronger in some Area’s compared to last seasons main 11
    Weaker in Other area’s compared to last season’s main 11.

    I would say we are Stronger in Midfield with the return of Ben Arfa and Gosling, and with the new recruits.

    Stronger in Goal due to Krul gaining a lot of confidence. Has out shone De Gea in my opinion.

    Weaker in our Striking Options (Weaker then the first half, stronger then the second half of the season)

    Weaker in Defence, as Santon still hasn’t had an EPL game and is therefore unproven, compared to Jose.

    Overall quality wise we are about the same.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    -booooo- san-toon u kill joy booooooo

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #16

    Klatoon
    Nope hes still on the injury table lad

    San Toon
    I would agree with pretty much all of that though I wouldnt say Krul has out shone De Gea that just my opinion though

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  • sweendog

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #17

    I think we have 4 gems in the team this year.

    the midfield trio of Ben Arfa (skill in abundance), Tiote (not playing his best), Cabaye (could be a great player for us) and our Cap Collo.

    Other than that we have some very good players trying to make themselves known, Abeid, Gosling,, Simpson,Taylor,Best, Krul , and maybe Santon.. its this mix I’m thinking is making the team look good as these players are currently playing very hard for the team and making us stronger ..

    Just wish we’d that LB, Striker minimum to see us challenging for something this season .. against top teams they’ll get though that LB position, mind you with Tiote and Cabaye covering its not as easy as it looks ..

    Jurys still out for me as we’ve no cover in key positions but some excellent performances from the team and they deserve to be 4th and in the Carling cup last 16..

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  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Why not WWJBD?

    De Gea (yes, its his first season…. still getting to terms with the pace of the game) Has not really justified his massive price tag with his performances. In my opinion he does not control his defenders good enough (probably due to the language barrier) he also looks sluggish when going to ground in my opinion… won;t be surprised if he gets better the longer the season progressess… but as of now, id rather have Tim Krul as my Keeper, if i had to choose between him and De Gea… 😛

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    kruls conceeded 2 league goals de gea i think has conceeded four in a much better team so u could argue he has outshone him.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #20

    BOOM BOOM THE 1ST .. wasn’t there a good quote from bobbys about him calling our striker the wrong name .. a striker he bought 🙂 .. carl cort wasn’t it

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  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #21

    I’d have to say though,

    if you don’t take into account
    (new league, wont be as good as they can be etc..)

    Our Midfield on paper is quite possibly one of the scariest, Flairiest and paciest midfields in the EPL.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tiote~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ~Gutti/Ober~~~~~~Cabaye~~~~~~~~marveux~
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ben Arfa~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Midfield backup::
    – Gosling
    – Abeid
    – Ferguson
    – Vuckic
    – Lua lua
    – Sammi
    – Guthrie
    -Shmith.

    *If obertan can refind the form that convinced Ferguson that he had the potential to be a Very Good Player.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #22

    San Toon
    I think they are about on par with each other so far this season De Gea has made mistakes he has paid for whereas Krul has made mistakes that he hasent but both have made some fantastic saves during games. I think the stand out young GK so far is Arsenals (shockingly) he is mustard

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #23

    not an english player in site in midfield! this club is changing under fatman big time

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  • ~~San-Toon~~

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #24

    haha. Fair enough. WWJBD.

    I think come January,
    Depending on how Well Ba and Best perform, we may only need to bring in one Additional forward. A Bellamy/Agbonglahor type forward ofcourse.

    Then we should look to getting Cover for our Defenders. Definetly CB, possibly Right back also.

    Since now that Benny seems to be back, i reckon we will be playing more of a 4-5-1 with Benny just behind the forward.

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  • sweendog

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #25

    BOOM BOOM THE 1ST .. I think Gosling may have something about him though .. and come the ACN with Tiote away in Jan hopefully he’ll get to show it ..

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #26

    yeah wwjbd that is a shocking statement to make seeing as how he has conceeded about 16 goals to kruls 2 u mad or what.

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  • darthkir

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #27

    Not stronger… it is similar to last year, then if AP deemed last season’s squad is week then we are no better… we have yet to meet a good side, and Fulham & QPR didnt have their shooting boots that day… we scraped at cups game and barely survive…

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #28

    @ sweendog pards doesnt fancy gosling i think thats quiet evident.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #29

    San Toon
    I dont expect us to get another ST in January unless its a ‘one for the future’

    I expect to get a CB/LB and that will be it with a few players in the out column

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #30

    boom boom
    That De Gea in on par with Krul or that Szcz?sny has been better?

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #31

    read my post im talkin bout szezny or whatever it is hes let in 16 goals

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #32

    Aye true but none of them have been his fault, he hasent been covered by his defence at any points and through out every game he has remained focused and able to make world class saves consistantly

    Krul has been saved by his defence a fair few times so far and our defence has been solid whereas Arsenals have been all over the place

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #33

    ok wwjbd are u arsene wenger in disguise or what thats an absoloute ludicrous statement to make i agree he looks a decent keeper but he cannot and isnot gona be named as a better keeper than either of the other two by anyone.

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #34

    if u take away the man u game 8 GOALS
    if u take away the b burn game 4 GOALS
    that still leaves that still leaves 4 GOALS double what our ‘dodgy’ keeper who keeps gettin bailed out conceeded. i rest my case

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #35

    WWJBD you are joking aren’t you about Arsenal’s keeper. He’s all over the place he couldn’t catch a cold

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #36

    geordiedoonsouth-im hoping so he doesnt usually come out with mental stuff like that but he seems to be serious.

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #37

    Tbf of course they wouldnt I am on a NUFC blog biased will be on Kruls side….if I went to a Arsenal blog Szcz?sny is a God…a Man Utd one and De Gea is king

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  • magpiebop

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #38

    @21You left out Richardson and Moyo

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  • WWJBD

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #39

    When did I say Krul was dodgy? Hes pretty good

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Sep 22, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #40

    id say szezny or whatever his name is, is far from a GOD on arsenal site david seaman probly went through seasons only conceeding what he already has.

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