Alan Pardew has admitted today that during the summer, he was a lot more confident than most on how Newcastle would do this season.
Alan Pardew – we may need a superstar
Alan is a confident man, and like most people who are successful, he’s also very positive.
And since he’s arrived on Tyneside, there’s been an upbeat air about the way the coaching staff and Alan have gone about the business of bringing Newcastle back to being one of the best football teams in England.
And Newcastle are getting lot of good and positive publicity right now, because without spending mega bucks like Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool and others, they have amassed a side that seems to be able to give the top teams a run for their money.
Of course we’ll find that out just how good Newcastle are in the next three games, when we play Man City, Man United and Chelsea on successive Saturdays, and it’s obvious that Pardew can hardly wait for those games to roll around.
I walked in to see one of my Doctors on Friday morning, and he said Newcastle third top, it’s unbelievable – what are you guys doing?
And the Newcastle manager admits that it’s a team effort, and rightly so, but he also talks about maybe having a superstar at Newcastle to get the side to the next level, and maybe we already have one of those in the making at the club:
“I wouldn’t disagree that the team is coming first,” “I think perhaps that’s the best way, as well.”
“With the likes of Ronaldo and Messi you have this fantastic individuals who can take you to another level in a good team. But you need the team first.”
“Take Messi out of Barcelona and they’re still a very good side – they might not be the best in Europe without him, I’m not sure they are – but that is what those top players can do.”
“Whether we can unearth one, whether Hatem is one of those to us, or Sammy Ameobi is or Demba Ba is – I’ve no idea. That’s to come. But where we are at the minute, we’re a good team.”
“I was confident in the defense. We went into the summer without losing any of our defenders so I was quite confident about our defenders,”
“But obviously losing Jose Enrique was a blow. We brought in Santon and I’ve been happy with him – he will definitely improve it.”
“We have got a good player – a player who will improve – and we’ve got the bonus of Ryan Taylor, of course. And he has been a bonus.”
“I was always happy with that side of it. Midfield I was very happy with – we had Jonas, we had Cheick, I knew Cabaye was a very, very good player. Then we have Marveaux and Obertan.”
“With the strikers from last year, they’d all done terrific for me and then I brought Demba Ba in here. And I knew I had Hatem coming back. So I wasn’t as negative as others – when you think about it, it was never that bad.”
As the Newcastle results continue to be excellent, with Newcastle’s third straight win in the league yesterday, when the lads beat Everton 2-1, Alan Pardew is becoming a very important cog in the Newcastle wheel.
We’ve always been impressed with how good Alan is in front of the TV cameras in interviews, but he worked like crazy on the touch-line during yesterday’s game, and it was really touch and go in that second half – or was it just us who were anxious during that second half?
On looking at the second half again on TV this morning, Everton were not given too many chances, but they did have the bulk of the possession in the final 45 minutes.
Anyway, a win is a win, and ugly ones get the same number of points as the good ones – 3 points is what you get with a win – and we’ve now had three of those in succession in the league.
And on that super-star, we’re sure Mike Ashley would love to create them at Newcastle because there’s no way Ashley will pay out the ridiculous fees that some top clubs spend on bringing in their new players.