Alan Shearer has spoken out today and he thinks Newcastle have a decent chance of making the European Championship League qualification this season, by finishing 4th top of the Premier League.
Alan Shearer – Newcastle legend
Of course Alan was the Newcastle skipper when they last took part in the Champions League, when the great Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club.
But it’s a little surprising that he thinks Newcastle can qualify this season, but he bases that on Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse being able to score the goals for Newcastle over the last 14 league games of the season.
This is what Alan said:
“They are up there on merit. They are winning games and they are entertaining the public and scoring goals. Where can they finish? I really don’t know,”
“I would love to see them finishing in the top four and it would be great to have Champions League football back at St James’ Park. “I think the top three – Manchester City, Manchester United and Spurs – will finish where they are at the moment but there will be one place that is up for grabs.”
“So why not? But then again Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal will all have their eyes on that fourth spot as well.” “Whatever happens, it certainly makes for an exciting end to the season.”
“It just doesn’t get any better than scoring a goal on your debut in front of the Gallowgate End and for it to be the winning goal as well, that is the sort of thing that dreams are made of for Geordies,”
“It didn’t look as though he needed any help in terms of confidence but if he did then that should help him really settle down. There is nothing like a goal to help a striker find his feet when he arrives at a new club so this bodes really well for the future.”
“It was great seeing Demba Ba score as well because Newcastle have missed him because he has been an absolute revelation this season. That’s 16 goals and counting.”
“If Cisse can score half the goals that Ba has scored then they will be a threat to anyone in the Premier League,” he said. “The early signs are really promising. Alan Pardew has clearly seen something in him and hopefully they can play together and form a great partnership.”
“I don’t know which way the manager will go in terms of his strikeforce but it will be great if he does go in with the two of them in most games, and the signs from the Villa game were very encouraging.
“They both got a goal so with a bit of luck they will continue in the same vein. And they have so much pace and power that they will give any defenders a run for their money.”
“The Tottenham game will be another big test for them. They have come through many tests this season already but it will be a tough game down at White Hart Lane,”
“They say there are no easy games in the Premier League and anyone who thinks otherwise should just remember that Blackburn-Manchester United game at Old Trafford. “
“No one gave Rovers a hope and they won 3-2. It just shows you never know.”
Tomorrow is not a game we are likely to get anything out of, although the team seems full of spirit and confidence.
But we still have to play lower league sides like (h is for home game) – Wolves (h), Sunderland (h – high priority), Norwich(h), West Brom, Swansea, Bolton (h), Stoke (h), Wigan and Everton.
How we do in those 9 games will probably decide where we finish up in the league table, and if we can win those games we’ll finish on 69 points.
That’s even assuming we lose the remaining five games against better opposition – Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool (h), Chelsea and Manchester City (h).
And 69 points could even qualify us for the Champions League - because Arsenal qualified last season with 68 points in 4th place.
What do you think?