Alan Pardew has had some amazing success this season and it’s an open question if his side can keep high up in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew – kept the same defense in the league
Pardew has had that success even after seeing three of his top players, captain Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey Barton leave Newcastle in the summer, as Andy Carroll had done in January, when he left for £35M cool cash to Liverpool.
And the money from the sale of Nolan, Enrique and Wayne Routledge almost completely offset the money paid for the seven players who came into the squad, Cabaye, Marveaux, Abeid, Demba Ba, Obertan, Santon and Elliot.
That has turned out to be excellent business by Newcastle in retrospect, to the surprise of many of us.
Newcastle fans if anything were pessimistic in early September about how good the side was, and how good the team spirit would be, with some big personalities having left the club.
But the start to the season has been almost unbelievable, and the team spirit seems sky high, and the new players have helped with that big time.
Newcastle haven’t had too many injuries to the side, although recently we lost top midfielder Cheick Tiote with a knee injury, but Danny Guthrie came in and has done very well indeed over the last three games.
One element of the side which has been the foundation of the success is the defense, and luckily Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor have played in every league game so far, and there have been no injuries to those five key players.
If either Coloccini or Steven Taylor are injuries Newcastle will be straggling to full the gap with Mike Williamson still out for around five weeks and only James Perch available.
So Alan Pardew has kept pretty much an unchanged side in the league, and given games to the fringe players in the Carling Cup.
But now that Newcastle are out of that competition, in their only defeat of the season at Blackburn, it appears that Alan will send some of our top youngsters out on loan, including Mehdi Abeid, Shane Ferguson and Haris Vuckic.
This is what Alan told The Independent on Sunday:
“It’s certainly helped to have that continuity in the side, particularly the back four who have been outstanding together as a unit.”
“They’ve developed a very good understanding with each other. Continuity is great for confidence within the team and that has definitely contributed to our good start.”
“That said, our entire squad is of huge importance and against Everton, for example, where we had to make changes due to injury.”
“I was delighted with the way other players such as Danny Guthrie came in and fitted seamlessly into the team.”
Newcastle could hardly have done better but there are questions about whether the Newcastle squad is good enough or deep enough when the inevitable injuries come along.
But there is every indication that Ashley and LLambias will back the Newcastle manager big time in January and there is news that striker Mobido Maiga will join from Sochaux.
There was news yesterday that Newcastle are still trying to bring in Dutch International left-back Erik Pieters from PSV, and they have a center-back to come in too, although apparently the top choice is no longer 27 year-old LLiam Ridgewell of Birmingham.
Three or four top players in January will certainly help the squad become bigger and stronger, although the players that come in will be drafted into the side over time and based opnly on form and not reputation, as in the old days.
And that’s how Alan has handled the new arrivals in the summer, and that seems to have worked out very well.
And if Alan Pardew can keep his side high in the league throughout the season, it’s hard not to give this man massive credit for what he has done since last December, and we know the Londoner has worked his socks off for the Newcastle cause.
Things are definitely looking up for the many fans of Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!!