The Newcastle players not away on International duty, put in three good hard days of training last week at the Benton Training Ground.
Yohan Cabaye – likely to be fit for for Manchester City
And Newcastle’s new policy of bringing in players who are hungry to prove themselves on Tyneside seems to be paying off big time, with the summer transfer window now looking one of the best for the club for many seasons.
Newcastle spent almost nothing to bring in seven players in the summer, when you think that the club got around £12M for Kevin Nolan, Wayne Routledge and Jose Enrique, but if we had spent a net of £50M, fans would now be saying it was worth it.
That’s because Newcastle have made a rather dramatic leap into the big team, and even looking like a decent side these days, and have had one of their their best ever starts in the league.
Newcastle are still unbeaten with a whopping 25 points from their first 11 games, and are 3rd top of the Premier League, the highest position Newcastle have been in since the great Bobby Robson was the Newcastle manager.
Another way of talking about Newcastle’s start to the season, is that Newcastle have dropped only 8 points in their first 11 league games.
Assistant Manager and Geordie John Carver, has said today there is no feeling of resting on the laurels at Newcastle, and the lads want to press on, and are looking forward to the next game at Manchester City between the only two unbeaten sides in the football league, a week today.
John talked about the training ans the squad today:
“We’ve had three good days training this week,” “We’ll have a few days off, and come back and work extremely hard.”
“It would be easy to take our feet off the pedal, but when you’re doing well, you want to work them even more.”
“That’s the culture of the players and staff. We’ll be raring to go next week – everybody’s looking forward to the game.”
“We’ve not heard about Yohan yet,” “He needed a scan, and we hope he’s OK.” “Gabriel’s doing a bit of work with the physio, and is feeling a lot better.”
“Sylvain’s still being assessed, but Leon’s going to be OK.”
So it would appear there is a very good chance to have everybody fit except Marveaux, Obertan and Williamson for the game at the Etihad stadium next Saturday.
Anything but a defeat in that game would be a great result for Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!!