It’s a long time since we felt so upbeat about Newcastle.
Alan Pardew – aiming for top six
The arrival of Papiss Cisse has shown that Mike Ashley really does want to build a good side on Tyneside, and of course he’s getting a lot of help from Alan Pardew, who is looking like an excellent manager for the club.
Not only is Alan great in front of the cameras, but he knows his stuff, wants to play attacking football, is ambitious and seems to have the complete confidence of Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias.
To have Newcastle 6th in the league after 21 games is just astounding, but we have brought in some excellent players since Alan arrived at Newcastle.
Those players include Ben Arfa who was signed permanently by Alan last January, Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Davide Santon and now Papiss Cisse, and they all first team starters for Newcastle.
The Newcastle fans are upbeat too, as we’ve now seen some of the Andy Carroll money spent, and it seems Newcastle have got a bargain with Cisse, since the initial fee seems to be £7.5M rising to £9M based on incentives.
We expect Cisse to do well and for him to cost the full £9M, but if he’s as good as we think he is, he’s as good a striker as other top clubs are paying £25M and more for.
A little hint – think what Manchester City and Liverpool have paid for their strikers over the last year.
And the Newcastle manager has his eyes set on a top six finish if at all possible:
“The more it goes and the closer it gets to the end. I have said all along, that last six games, if we can find ourselves in with a shout, there might be less pressure on us, so we could make an impact.”
“We are, after 21 games, the sixth best team, and that’s what we can try to improve on. It would be an absolute marvel if we finished sixth or fifth, but we are going to try, and see where it takes us.”
Newcastle just need to keep things ticking along in January and February while Cheick Tiote, Papiss Cisse and Demba Ba are away, and we are still hoping for at least a center-back and maybe a younger player to come in to bolster the squad before February 1st rolls around.
The best thing is to take one game at a time, and next up is Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday afternoon, and a win is possible in that game, but we’d be happy enough with a draw.
Alan Pardew of course will be going all out for the win – and why not?
A top six finish will almost guarantee us a place in Europe next season, which now has to be a top goal of the club, given what a resurgent Newcastle have done so far this season.
Howay The Lads!!