Alan Pardew has a delicate task at Newcastle now, with the squad seemingly full of very good players.
Alan Pardew – at Molineaux on Saturday – sun tanned?
And of course not all of them can start each game, and there’s only 18 that can make the match-day squad for each game, and we’ve already seen some top players not being able to make that final 18.
But that happens at the top clubs, so we’ll take that as a good sign that the squad is much better than it’s been for quite a while, and certainly better than last season.
And the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has pointed out that he will always have a juggling act when it comes to selection, but he also knows that one player can make a big difference to the team.
This is what Alan said today:
“That’s always going to be compromised somewhere along the line, and there’s no doubt that one or two players coming into the team can change the character of it quite quickly.
“That was evident at Nottingham Forest, when we conceded three goals – and two of them were quite sloppy ones.” “You have always got to be adaptable and always got to be ready to understand that one player can make the make-up of the team very different.”
As soon as Alan Pardew arrived at Newcastle last December, and let’s be straight, he was not really welcomed too warmly when he first arrived, he’s told the Geordie fans he would build a team that would get them out out of their seats.
And the players he has brought in over the summer are certainly not only good players, who were brought in on very good deals for the club, but they are also skillful and exciting players to watch.
Alan so far has been doing exactly what he said he would do – and he’s been good to his word – and as far as we are concerned, long may that continue.
And if Newcastle keep up their great form this season, who knows, we may end up higher up the league table than any of us has imagined in early August.
But we’ll stick to saying that Newcastle in the top eight would be just great this season, and that a stretch target would be to somehow get into Europe for next season – that would be just phenomenal.
What do you think?