Newcastle have made terrific progress this season so far, and that’s even more surprising when you think the Tyneside club has lost Carroll, Nolan, Enrique and Barton this year.
John Carver and Alan Pardew supervise training
But it says that Alan Pardew seems to be doing all the right things at the moment at Newcastle, and the manager has even ventured to say that Newcastle are on a fast track, but of course the question to that is – how long can it last?
It seems that all the players trained together for the first time yesterday, following the International break, and so Alan and his coaching staff will have two days to fine tune their preparations for the visit of Tottenham Hotspur, who Harry Redknapp has turned into a very good side.
This is what Alan said today:
“It’s the first training day that everyone has been back for, but while they have been away, Hatem Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux have been very good, as if to say ‘I’ll show you’.
“It’s good. At the moment we’re on a fast-track. Whether we stay on that, we’ll wait and see.” “We’re performing very well so at the moment I’m very pleased, and looking forward to what will be a special game on Sunday.”
“I think it will be a watershed for us because we’re in good form and we’re playing one of the top teams in form themselves. We’ve probably got as good an offensive team coming to visit as anyone in the Premier League. But our bench looks a lot stronger than it did last year, and that’s going to help.”
“You worry about injuries but also about the mood of players,” “Sometimes they go away with their international teams and then come back having had an amazing experience, or it has gone very, very well and they come back with a little swagger or whatever.:
“All of our players have come back as if they were looking forward to coming back.”
Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Davide Santon are potential starters at Newcastle, and they are now looking to force their way into the side, and of course the only way to do that is to be impressive in training, and then do well when you get a chance in the first team.
The problem Alan has at the moment is that everybody who has a starting position at Newcastle seems to be turning in good performances for the side every weeek.
But before too much longer it’s possible we could see Davide Santon in at left back, Ben Arfa as a second striker and Sylvain Marveaux on one of the wings.
The fact is that Newcastle seem to be in very good shape these days, because when was the last time so many good players were not getting a start at the club?
The answer to that is it’s a very long time ago, that’s for sure.
A win tomorrow and things will really be buzzing.
Howay The Lads!!