Europe Is Where Newcastle Want To Be – And Need To Be

We’ll get some idea about how good Newcastle are against one of the top English sides tomorrow afternoon when the lads take on Tottenham Hotspur  in London.

Papiss Cisse and Alan Pardew during training yesterday

But with a number of players missing, including Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Leon Best and Ryan Taylor, Newcastle will not be at their strongest, at least not in central midfield.

But on the other hand it’s a terrific opportunity for both Danny Guthrie and James Perch to play at the top of their game on the big stage, and we’ll see how they perform against one of the top midfields in the country.

They certainly played very well for the Magpies last Sunday, against a good looking Aston Villa side.

Newcastle still have a lot of points to play for – 42 points to be exact in the 14 league games still left to play this season – and if we can go on a good streak of games, like the way the lads started the season, we could really surprise ourselves.

And of course European qualification is still a possibility for next season, and Alan talked about that today:

“That’s where we want to be. That is what football is all about.”  “We want to be in contention for as many prizes as we can get.”

“Unfortunately we’re out of the cups, but we are in a great position in the league.”  “If we can get one win or four to six points going into March, it will be absolutely brilliant.”

“We’ve got a gap coming up after this game, so hopefully we’ll have Ryan and Cheick available.”  “We now have the luxury of Papiss having his first goal under his belt.”

“That is a brilliant thing for a striker. He can take real confidence from that.”

And we’ll also have Yohan Cabaye available after tomorrow’s game, after he served his three match ban for violent conduct he picked up at Brighton in the FA Cup.

And with the revenues at Newcastle being less than they were when Freddy Shepherd ran the club, Newcastle really need to be in Europe every year if they want to be one of the best teams in England again, and one iof the richest, which almost gores hand in hand these days.

Here are the revenues for Newcastle over the last four financial years, and we’re sure an aim at the club is to get them over £100M as soon as possible:

And we know that seems to get harder every year, with English sides being so good these days.

After tomorrow’s game it’s a full two weeks before the next game at home to Wolves,  and then at home to Sunderland the following Sunday, which will be a tough game with a noon kick off time.

Martin O’Neil will have the Sunderland players all ready for that game, but we need the win and anything less will be disappointing, but we are expecting it to be tough and a close game.

The two weeks off will give the Newcastle players time to recover from slight injuries but it will not help Leon Best who looks to be out for the season with the knee ligament injury he picked up last Sunday.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    europe would be very nice. another asprilla hatrick would be perfect.

    do you reckon cabaye should walk straight back in even with guthrie playing the way he is?

    id like to see them both

  • G

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Agreed Toon Tang. Cabaye and Guthrie could work quite well together I suspect.

  • ParisToon

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    From a commercial perspective MA must be slobbering at the bit if we are in Europe, all the exposure for his beloved business empire but the upside has got to be the players, most if not all will want to stay and acquiring targets in the summer to a team that is in Europe has to be easier than a team that isn’t.

  • Toon_Tom

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    TT – Cabaye must definitely walk straight back in. If he was due back from injury then maybe bring him on as the game progresses, but to come back from a ban, he would be training with the lads each day so definitely bring him straight in.

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #5

    G – seen a few formations banded about with them 2 and tiote in a 4-3-3 but i dont think pards would try it.

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #6

    TT – i think guthers warrants a starting place at the moment meaning we would have to try and incorporate him into the team somehow. i dont think it will happen though tbh

  • jayphoto

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    I think cabaye should go straight back in! He’d looked tired before his ban, but now will have had virtually 3/4 weeks, expect to see him looking revitalised! Glad to see the Cote D’ivoire have rested cheik on a few games! To be honest, football is about playing your best side available! for the rest of the season i’d argue our strongest line up is Krul, Simmo, Willo, Collo, Santon, R Taylor, Cabaye, Tiote, Jonas, Ba and Cisse! (R Taylor simply because he puts the ball in the box, something jonas, obertan and ben arfa rarely does and I think Ba benefits from the crosses) Obertan and Ben Arfa are great weapons to bring on though!

  • jayphoto

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #8

    wouldn’t be shocked tho if we went to 4/3/3 with Guthrie, Tiote and Cabs in midfield and Ba and Jonas left and right and cisse central! gonna be harsh on guthrie to be dropped! I think both guthrie or cabaye would be better playing with tiote tho!

  • tiotal football

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #9

    I think pardew has got to try it though

    And I think he has been toying with it a bit when ben Arfa has been playing as Jonas has been playing more centrally

    With those three in the middle and Demba, Papiss and either Hatem/Jonas/Gabriel up top we could pose a serious threat!

  • ToonMax94

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10

    think we should play it safer against Tottenham and stick with the 4-4-2 but against Wolves at home I would like to see Tiote protecting the defense with Guthrie and Cabaye ahead of him and Ben Arfa infront of them – imagine the passes and ability to open up defenses and thread Ba and Cisse through with Cab, Danny and HBA!

  • Toon Tang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #11

    looks like the general consensus is to play guthers and cabs in a 3 man mid with the 2 d’s up top and a choice out of 3 or 4 to support them.

    i think were all on the same wavelength its just whether or not pards will do it. i hope we see it at some point because i think it would be perfect.

  • VanToonMan

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #12

    If we are playing 4-3-3 with Tiote Cabaye and Guthrie in the middle surely we gotta play Ben Arfa up on the right with Ba on the left and Cisse in the middle. That 3-pronged attack would be devastating.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #13

    When all fit I would fancy.
    Simpson Taylor Collo Jonas

    Cabaye Tiote Marveux

    Ben Arfa
    Cisse Ba

    Light the touch paper…………………

  • JamesP32

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #14

    In all honesty I would love Newcastle to go to Europe, but my main concern is that do we have the team that can withstand strain of the competition? As it can build alot of fatigue in a short space of time. It can also jeopardise our premier league postion, were not like big teams who can keep changing players who are just as good to keep them fresh and fit.

  • veto

    Feb 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #15

    we will get berated for expecting to much again , but in the long run i do expect newcastle tobe contesting those top positions , if we are run well (and we appear tobe atm) there is no reason a club our size shouldnt be in amongst it all with the fifa fair play rules in effect .
    still think there is rebuilding work todo , i notice padrew said the first team is pretty much complete , i hope it was for the benefit of the players confidence as i still think were lacking in cover and some positions .
    im saying that but looking at spur’s bench the other day , we seem to have a better squad , maybe not first 11 (tho thats debatable too )

  • matt11_25

    Feb 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #16

    Keep the midfield narrow diamond shaped with the santon n danny acting as wing backs . santon would relish that
    Hatem ben has to make the team guys! creativity is what can be the difference at this level.. Look at barca
    He is still finding his feet matches r the only way to do it

  • 9NUFC

    Feb 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #17

    I am not getting to carried away with Guthrie… Cabaye and Tiote are our center mids! The best in the business. Thankful we have such talented players and growing bench.



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