It seems that this International break has come at a good time for Newcastle.
Danny Simpson – still improving at Newcastle
We have a few injuries with some of our top players at the moment, and it gives them a chance to recover, while not missing too many Newcastle games either.
Cheick Tiote should be fit for the Manchester City game a week tomorrow, and we’re hoping that Leon Best and Shola Ameobi, will also be ready to play.
We should know shortly how bad Yohan Cabaye’s groin strain is, but it seems likely he will play for France at some point before the Manchester City game, so hopefully he will be available for the crucial game at the Etihad Stadium too.
Danny Simpson seems to be continuing to improve at Newcastle, as he did last season, and he could well become Newcastle’s right back for years to come – if he can keep on improving.
This is what Simpson told the local press today about the International breaks:
“Every international break so far, we’ve gone into it with a good performance and picked up points,” “Even more importantly, we’ve managed each international break well. We’ve trained hard and had rest.”
“We’ve balanced it out well so I’m sure we’ll do that again because obviously going to City will be tough.” “We haven’t got a game for over a week but we’ll go into the City game as one of the two unbeaten teams in the league.”
“And we go there with nothing to lose and full of confidence.”
Alan Pardew has wisely used the International breaks to let the players not on International duty rest up a little, before he gets them back to prepare for the next game.
And of course Newcastle go into a string of three games of teams in the top four after this break, with tough matches coming up against Man City, Man United and Chelsea.
Just how many points Newcastle can get from those three games is a very good question, and how many points do you think Newcastle can get from those three games?
I think we can get 9 points.
Comments always welcome.