The French contingent at Newcastle have settled down rather quickly this season, and the players are starting to produce for the club.
Demba Ba and Best – Newcastle’s new strike force
Yohan Cabaye and Gabriel Obertan seem to have nailed down first team positions at Newcastle, and Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux will be looking to do that over the next few weeks.
And French born Demba Ba, who plays for Senegal, opened his account yesterday with a great hat trick against Blackburn Rovers, who are again laboring near the bottom of the Premier League.
19 year-old Mehdi Abeid looked a good player in mid-week and was unlucky not to make the bench yesterday.
Newcastle are 4th top of the league behind the two Manchester clubs and Chelsea and ahead of Liverpool and Tottenham, so they are in elite company at the moment.
Whether the lads can keep it up this season, we don’t know, but they turned in a very good display of flowing football at home yesterday against Blackburn Rovers, and won the game easier than the 3-1 score-line may suggest.
Manager Alan Pardew was rightly delighted at the display of his team yesterday, who now have won five games and drawn three overall and remain unbeaten, and they also have the lowest goals conceded in the Premier League, just three in six games.
And Alan thinks the way the news lads have settled in is simply due to the Geordie hospitality:
“I’ve been pleased with how they’ve integrated.” “I had concerns because when you’re bringing in foreign players, there’s time for settling in.”
“But I believe the North East is much easier to settle into. It’s a warm place, even for myself – and I know I wasn’t particularly loved when I came here.”
“I can think of players at London clubs – it’s much more difficult there.” “People are colder and harsher. The environment is tougher for them.”
We can assure Alan Pardew that Newcastle will become an even warmer place, even through the freezing winter months, if he can keep Newcastle winning this season, because it’s looking like Newcastle may be a better team than we thought.
And not only that, but Alan seems to know exactly what he’s doing, and of course he is ably assisted by coaches like John Carver and Steve Stone and others, and that have Newcastle playing some very good attacking football.
After Newcastle lost arguably their best four players this year, they are now a better side, so work that one out.
Newcastle have been a pleasant surprise this season, and now we just want them to keep it up.
The lads have done just great so far, and looked a very accomplished side yesterday.
Howay The Lads.