Newcastle have done so well this season that Newcastle fans are still trying to get to grips with the success.
Alan Pardew with assistant coach Steve Stone
And while Newcastle had a good share of luck early on in the season, the lads have produced the results with some good displays of football and some good individual performances.
And one thing that is clear now, is that the summer transfer window was a lot more successful than we had first thought, because Newcastle brought in some class players for very little money.
And that £35M Andy Carroll cash not spent in the summer, is almost a distant memory now, because if Newcastle can get good players in at value prices, then so be it.
Alan Pardew is pleased that the talk today is about what Newcastle have done on the field of play, and it’s not all about news of another crisis on Tyneside.
Newcastle are now making headlines, as they did in the Championship under Chris Hughton, for what the are doing on the pitch, and that means things are going very well indeed – which they are of course.
This is what Alan had to say today to the Newcastle press:
“I look forward to every game and Sunday is no different. I hope the supporters are looking forward to it too,” “It is nice that we’re not limping from one crisis to another at the moment.”
“There aren’t contract issues hanging over us and people aren’t talking about transfers, we’re all settled and enjoying our football. And at the moment we’re looking forward to games because it is a chance for us to show what we can do.”
“It’s going to be a tough test for us,” “Some of their offensive players are very exciting but first and foremost we must impose ourselves on them.”
“If they manage to impose themselves on us, it could be a difficult afternoon because they are very good going forward but if we manage to make them defend then we can cause them problems, as we have shown in our previous games.”
“Spurs carry much greater threat than most, so we will need to maintain the high standards that we have managed to set so far this season.”
Alan Pardew has had his fair share of problems since he arrived on Tyneside last December, unwanted by a vast majority of fans.
But he knows what he wants, and he has brought in some wonderful players such as Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux, Davide Santon and others.
And not only that, but the lads on Tyneside now want to be here, and we hear of very little discontent in the squad, and that is great news, with the spirit and team spirit at Newcastle at the moment, as good as it’s ever been.
It’s a big test for the lads on Sunday, and they will not be able to make many mistakes against a class Spurs side.
But there’s also no reason why, as Alan says, Newcastle cannot cause the London side some trouble too, and that’s by attacking them – since they are not the same team when they are put on the back foot.
You will see Newcastle in the first minutes on Sunday afternoon, trying to take the game to Spurs, and the match should be great to watch by the millions who will be watching the game around the world.
A win on Sunday and Newcastle fans will be flying high – very high.
Howay The Lads!!