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.