Newcastle May Need A Superstar To Get To The Next Level


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.

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29 comments so far

  • loztoon

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #1

    loztoon // Nov 6, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    just looked at lawro’s predictions for yesterday..christ if that bloke flipped a coin he’d be more succesful..idiot!!

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  • cestriasteve

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    I was talking to Justin Robson when I got back to the club after the match yesterday, himself a great player who had a very bad injury. I was having a go at both Dan Gosling at Ben Arfa. Justin reckons it will be many many games before both of these players gets back to anything like what they were pre injury.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    There are a few ghaps in the squad for sure. But we’ve got some cracking players of good Premiership quality, some journeymen, some naughty boys and some inspirational lads. But we have team spirit and a great work ethic and let’s not get carried away and cement ourselves as a top 4 team first.

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    GAPS..
    Think Guthrie has proved he can rise to the challenge. Need Marv and Cabaye’s groin injuries to heal up quick.

    @Cestriasteve
    The great man was never quite as good after his big injury – so let’s hope BA and Gosling, who are a lot younger can recover fully and hit top form. But we do have to be patient which is why we need good backup throughout the squad.

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  • loztoon

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #5

    AP appears to be revelling in his role atm and proving all the “experts” wrong..you just can’t seem to wipe the smile off his face

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  • kilcline

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    Like to see us go for that Swiss youingster if we do try and get a superstar, being 3rd will help our buying power.

    Settle for a bellamy type striker though and a 3rd choice cb.

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #7

    @ loztoon // Nov 6, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Agree mate but…

    All teams played to date have been in lower half of the table – not suggesting anything but next two games will be THE test for us.

    We need HBA and Cabaye fit again and perhaps international break will do us a favour. Guthrie was immense yesterday for us as was Colo.

    HWTL

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  • Dannyo

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #8

    7 of the teams we’ve played finished top 10 last year.
    Get over yourselfes with the “easy matches” bullcrap.

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  • cestriasteve

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Angels, always get great football views from Justin, will be great craic in the club this afternoon as all 3 of the brothers will be in with Bryan up home. That coupled with Billy Askew and Joe Allon having a pint will be some excellent football talk.

    On the football front I thought Marveaux was excellent yesterday, beautiful to watch on the ball.

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  • loztoon

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #10

    @Steve 48 Sort of agree Spurs and Arsenal not lower half teams but see you’re point..I just think AP’s quiet possitivity is working wonders..but you are quite right next 3 games are a big test…

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #11

    @ Dannyo // Nov 6, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    I live in the present, not the past, which is more important

    @ loztoon // Nov 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Fair point

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  • Graeme

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Having been at SJP yesterday and then watched the Manchester games and Chelski’s game, I believe we can get points from both the away games and win the chelski game at SJP!!

    Five points from next three games would be a brilliant achievement, no doubt about it!! Mon the TOOOON

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  • NUFC_DOWNUNDER

    Nov 6, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #13

    18NUFC_DOWNUNDER // Nov 6, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Given how well raylor is going I think getting ridgewell in makes a lot of sense.. He can cover at LB and CB..
    I think Guthrie has been amazing last two games.. Looks a lot more serious about his football this season.. After the game stats showed that he ran more than anyone else v Everton.. Perhaps we can play 4-3-3 with Tiote, Cabaye and Guthrie in the midfield and Gut, HBA and Ba up front… Just a thought
    Finally, Hoillett would be perfect and would give us something we don’t have – pace and directness… Olson is another one as LB could be nice..

    Don’t think we need Maiga, he’s too similar to Ba and Best and Shola

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  • toonarmyuk

    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #14

    Every game is a test for us, and so far we have come through with flying colours. We’ve played Arsenal, Spurs, Everton and Stoke – all of which were and are termed as tough games for every team in the Premiership. We’ve also played QPR and Villa, as well as the scum derby which will always be tough.

    Yes, we have the ‘Big Three’ coming up, but they’re only as much a test as anyone else. The fact is, we aren’t pretending that we’re aiming to win the league this year, so we shouldn’t be setting ourselves up for disappointment. I think any team in the league would probably head to the Etihad and Old Trafford thinking “If we can avoid getting spanked here, we’ve done well”, so we should go there without high expectations and if something good happens then so be it.

    Personally, if we got 3 points from the 3 upcoming games we will have done very well. 4 points and we’re laughing. Any more than that, and you would have to realistically begin thinking about the possibility that we could push for a Champions League place.

    I think we’ve already put ourselves in a bracket where we should be aiming for Europe (Top 7), and as long as we get cover for our ACN players in the January window then there appears to be no reason why this can’t happen.

    Everyone’s understanding of what kind of ‘test’ this will be may be different, but I think we should all just remain positive and ride the wave.

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  • Sir Alan

    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #15

    Using Sammy Ameobi and Messi in the same sentence is ridiculous. Vuckic, Abeid and Fergie are all more talented than Sammy imo.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #16
  • Benton Toon Exile

    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #17

    Darren Bent and Berbatov will be available in Jan and either would give us that edge.

    Mike Ashley might just surprise us………And I might shit gold Bullion!!!! That’s a no I think!

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  • 2_goal_tino

    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #18

    we’ve only just got over this mentality of spending big and look where it has got us! We don’t need a superstar- as is always said a team is more than the sum of it’s parts. If we were to have players of yohan and tiote’s ability everywhere we’d be brilliant. In january, i want a back up cb, one striker, and, depending on santon’s progress, another fb.

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  • Incentino

    Nov 6, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #19

    I think we have a squad that can be hugely successful in the Premiership right now – but not successful enough to win it.

    Even with all the guys that are out injured right now, the club should be able to feature a strong side, but the bench won’t exactly be feature any superstars. We can’t handle another injury IMO.

    I believe this club is strong enough to qualify for Europe, but not to stand toe to toe with the very best sides in the World. The club would probably need a superstar to do that.

    Superstars cost a lot of money if they don’t come out of the club’s youth academy, but qualifying to Europe is equal to getting a lot more money – which would be a step in the right direction.

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  • bills-son

    Nov 6, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #20

    This ‘We’ve played nobody’ is rubbish.

    Someone on here posted the Toon’s and Man City’s games this season – we’ve played 6 of the same teams and our other 5 have been just as hard if not harder. The only iffy one is they’ve played ManU against Arsenal for us.

    The bootom line is where we finish this season won’t be determined by how many points we get off City, ManU and Chelsea (unless we end up in the top 4!) but by how many we get against the other 15 teams. Last season we were losing too many games against those teams but this year we are beating them. That’s why we are 3rd !!

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  • bills-son

    Nov 6, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #21

    16 teams!

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  • magpiebop

    Nov 6, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #22

    @8 agree

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  • chestnut

    Nov 7, 2011 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #23

    OUR SUCCESS IS SIMPLY DOWN TO WORK ETHICS AND GAME STRATEGY. TEAM WORK IS THE KEY WORD, AND MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE, IT IS ALAN PARDEW WHO SHOULD GET THE TOP CREDIT, FOR HE IS THE PERSON WHO INSTIL THIS PHILOSOPHY IN THE CURRENT SQUAD. We don’t really need a SUPERSTAR coz that’s not we are about. It’s about getting to the top 4, not winning the Champions League at this point in time.

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  • Brutooon

    Nov 7, 2011 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #24

    1) i dont mind Darren Bent – a backup for Ba and Best
    2) its impossible for us to sign those superstar like messi/ronaldo. But HBA if back in form can be that messi good.

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  • magpiebop

    Nov 7, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Haris Vuckic the new Zidane

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  • LEROI

    Nov 7, 2011 at 4:02 AM

    Comment #26

    Has anyone got the grapefruits to imagine this Newcastle could actually pick up 7-9 points in these 3 games? why because a freak (or not so freak!) fluke 1 goal win @ citeh and our lads confidence goes sky high they decide ”wait a minute we just beat the new cream of the crop in our league, Lets see if we can show up the ‘old lion’ Manure nxt! citeh did & we just whipped them!” we get 3 points at old trafford another 1 nil even! Then it’s back to wor fortress SJP to play the stuttering splutering Chelski and our lads think ”we’ve just left a path of devastation in Manchester, now were back home playing a team that ain’t what they used to be! lets give our fans an early xmas prezzy and stuff these turkeys good style for them!” 3-0 later we’ve gained our nine points job done! Or maybe beating Citeh away 1 nil is to far fetched maybe only a lowly 1-1 draw there for all the realists out there ha ha ha!

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  • CAToon

    Nov 7, 2011 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #27

    What is the definition of a superstar. Is it someone on high wages, gets a lot of press and scored a lot of goals in the past, or is it someone no one expected to be a goal scorer brut proved everyone wrong. Michael Owens is a superstar by the first definition, demba ba is by the second, which would you rather have on the squad today….Kevin Keegan is a superstar manager, Alan pardew is not, yet. Which manager should nufc have now? Would kk have signed the current squad, or gone with superstars….

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  • CAToon

    Nov 7, 2011 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #28

    Let the current players prove what they have before going out and signing a potentially disruptive player….after all superstars come with super egos…..

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  • LEROI

    Nov 7, 2011 at 4:25 AM

    Comment #29

    On the subject of signing a superstar i say do it! Even if we just sign Ridgewell for 1/1.5m just to cover LB & CB, then we could sign an Edison Cavani or Moussa Sow or Demba Cisse For 20m or a less. Or a less costly striker in Soloman Kalou or Maroane Chamak or if we wanted to be really cruel to the Makems Assamoa Gyan for the 12-13m they payed for him! People will read this and say ”hey man LEROI fat Mike Cashley won’t pay that man he’s too greedy!” but if it’s explained to him lets sell some deadwood off. get rid of smith,perch,lovenkrands and ranger etc.. And that buying these 2 players albeit for any were between 14 & 22 million will put us in the big money world of european footy and he’ll get that investment straight back he might, just might go for it!

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