As we mentioned earlier today Papiss Cisse will be getting all the headlines today for his terrific first goal for Newcastle United yesterday.
Danny Guthrie – looking a better player with each game
But the Man of the Match for Newcastle yesterday was 24 year-old central midfielder Danny Guthrie, who showed what a good player he is becoming at the Newcastle club.
And if there was ever any doubt that the 24 year-old Shrewsbury-born former Liverpool player deserved a new contract on Tyneside, that’s been put to bed, with his fine displays for Newcastle this season, including a terrific performance of attacking midfield play yesterday.
We wanted to again acknowledge Danny Guthrie for his performance yesterday, which changed the game in Newcastle’s favor in the second half.
And James Perch too had another solid performance for Newcastle, and of course the great Tim Krul in goal, who is fast becoming one of the very best goalkeepers in the Premier League, gave another masterful performance for the Magpies yesterday.
But it’s Papiss Cisse that’s getting all the attention today and Alan Pardew spoke about his new striker this morning:
“We’ve had an explosion of a goal from our new number nine.” “It couldn’t be better, really. The fact that Papiss smashed it in the top corner with the left foot is a bonus.”
“This isn’t a novice we’re talking about,” “He’s a solid age, and has a tremendous record in the Bundesliga.”
“He’s big and bold enough to carry the shirt – I’ve got no worries about him at all, even if he hadn’t scored.” “He’s an outstanding player.”
Papiss seems a great buy for Newcastle for only £9M, and to have replaced Andy Carroll with Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse in the last year, and come out of it £26M on the positive side shows what some great deals Newcastle are doing in the transfer market.
And watch out this summer, because we think Newcastle will sign some top players and at least five top youngsters aged 20 years old or younger, as they will also have a clear-out of some of the fringe players at the club.
Alan Pardew was quick to mention it was a team performance, and this side seems to know how to win the close games, because Aston Villa looked a good side yesterday:
“We came up against a really good team, and in good form, and we still won. We found a way to win – that’s what this team does.”
“We had two injuries in the game. The team struggled in the first half, but in the second half we got ourselves together and stopped them breaking on us.”
“We slowly but surely built the pressure that got the goal.”
Next up is Tottenham next Saturday afternoon, and they will play Liverpool tonight at Anfield, so let’s hope Spurs can win the game and that would mean Newcastle would be 4 points clear of Liverpool.
Sounds good to us.