Shearer – Ba And Cisse Can Take Newcastle To Champions League


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?

Comments welcome.



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204 comments so far

  • Pek

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Here’s hoping. I’d still be over the moon with top 7 but if we can carry this momentum and flirt a bit with lady luck, who knows…………. 🙂

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  • VanToonMan

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Big IF….but IF we take that 4th spot…i would actually go crazy!….my friends who support other teams won’t hear the end of it!….Just imagine the quality of players we would sign in the summer!!

    All those games mentioned apart from Everton away…are very ‘winnable’…basically apart from everton away and liverpool and arsenal…if we win all our games against the teams below us at the moment…we should be there or thereabouts.

    How many points do you think a team would need this season to get 4th spot?

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  • Pek

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    P.s
    I am far from a doom and gloomer, I’m one of the most optimistic people I know but does anyone else share my worry that Ba’s knee may be a ticking bomb? Obviously I hope not, would be unreal to see the Demba boys banging them in for a while. Just can’t shift this nagging feeling in the back of my heed.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 10, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Did any of you lads see the match on espn earlier I’n the season where they had a feature on an oldschool Newcastle fan who had been to every game since the late 60’s. He gave a stirring rundown of the years and at the end he was dreaming of smashing a game winner at the gallowgate end, top corner he even said. Wish I could find that on YouTube it was pure Geordie and sent chills up me spine….. Anyways wor shearer pure class wish we could still run him out cuz he looks as if he could still bag at least a brace v spurs tommorow

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  • SuperShearer

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #5

    I would love to see us take 4th spot but I don’t see us competing with the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelski yet. Unless all three of them slip up. I’d be over the moon with 5th….would do a very stupid dance with 4th. The Sunderland game will be tough as MON has them fired up right now.

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Looking forward to the game tomorrow; anticipation we’ll start we’re we left off against Villa.

    Hopefully not just formation-wise, but also performance-wise 😉

    HWTL

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    4th place! With our luck so far this season, why not 🙂

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    we’re = where

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #9

    Wish the club could find a spot for shearer at the club. Not at the expense of the silver fox or his leftenant carver, but something cuz he is oozes Geordie pride and leadership. Not I’n a gaffer sort of way but as a skipper he was brilliant, maybe they could find a role for him I’n a player management role or something….. What a player and Geordie. Another person who nufc owes alot here I’n the states is warren Barton. He is a mainstay on the fox soccer network here I’n the states and is always introduced as former Newcastle united defender. He is always beaming when we win and is just a great ambassador for the toon here I’n the states

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  • alip123

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #10

    @6 – bearing in mind we finished with Shola on the field??

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #11

    alip123 🙂 strike that part then. lol

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  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #12

    What’s the general thought about the vacancy at the National team?

    I reckon Stuart Pearce might stay in charge until the end of the season, where ‘Arry will take over full time!

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  • Thump

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #13

    @Sgt: He wouldn’t accept anything less than a managerial position and he’s already spoken out against Ashley (when he was released at the end of relegation season) so it isn’t going to happen frankly. Either Shearer deflates his head and starts from a coaching role like everybody else, or looks to the lower league manager/assistant manager.

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  • gonz

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #14

    I’d just like to point out that Perch isn’t playing as well as everybody say’s he is. He’s just as much as a liability as HBA is, but with HBA he can score and get assists, so I’d throw him in the side against Tottenscum tomorrow.

    If you watched the game against Villa you will see it was Perch’s fault why Keane scored the goal – Perch should’ve followed Keane’s run through the middle, but he let him go and Keane neatly finished, Also, nearly at the end of the match he let Gardner run straight passed him who nearly scored a late equaliser. It bugs me when people talk so highly of somebody, but fails to look at the bigger picture. Yes, he’s done ‘ALRIGHT’

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  • gonz

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #15

    Bruce Arena for England manager!!!!!!

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  • Thump

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #16

    @jesper: Psycho for the Holland game then probably Roy Hodgson imo. Wouldn’t surprise me if the FA tried to court Mourhino or somebody though lol

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #17

    Opponents team news – http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/spurs/News/team-news-090212.page?

    I hope King plays. I think he’s vastly overrated. Good organizer, but a real tortoise. With the combination of the Demba’s physical presence, energy, movement and determination, I think they could run him ragged.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Also as far as spuds go. Their performance at Liverpool was strong defensively but Carroll and suarez both missed sitters having said that. Ba and cisse won’t miss if they get a chance. As far as going forward they looked short of ideas and ambition. However they will be at home and much more attack minded I am sure of it. I think if we play solid defense and create a couple of chances we could shock the world again. Tapping king arry is still a big distraction to the club even now that his trial is over the talk of leaving for England could upset the dressing room…. Let’s hope anyways.

    Krul
    Simmo Willo. Colo. Santon

    Perch

    Hba. Guthrie. Jonas

    Ba. Cisse

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  • VanToonMan

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #19

    If they can’t get Harry….it’s gotta be someone who can really get the best out the players…a really good man-manager. Martin O’Neil would be good but obviously he has just moved so he wouldn’t go.

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  • Thump

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Don’t underestimate Liverpool, Sgt. They’re a good passing side and matched ‘Arry’s tactics 1 to 1 and both sides kind of cancelled each other out.

    Spurs will be buoyed by courts ruling too. That’s my biggest fear.

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    For me it’s plainly obvious our team is going to be:

    _______________Krul_______________
    Simpson____Willo____Colo____Santoon
    Obertan____Perch____Guthrie____Jonas
    ____________Cisse____Ba

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Sgt HBA is never starting tomorrow, no way no how.

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  • bob

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #23

    NUFC should have to much for Spurs tomorrow watched them against Liverpool they looked average and they are due a wobble all the other top clubs have had one theirs starts against us!

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  • VanToonMan

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #24

    As for the spurs game…we can’t go there and be open and try to go toe to toe with them ‘cos we will get destroyed. We have to be solid and hit them on the counter…which is why obertan definitely needs to play tomorrow….he is the only one with the real pace to make that counter-attack effective and if he can put some for the dembas to get on the end of…we could get a good result.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Sounds about right SurefootedShola

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  • RickyFatten

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #26

    . I for 1 would but disappointed with 7th. At the start of the season a 7th finish seemed amazing but looking at the table now we should be aiming higher , 1 point off 4th and 9 points ahead of 8th. So why would any1 be over the moon with 7th with only 14 games to play !

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #27

    I dont think our central midfield can hold them but hope for best. I hate Floppy Chops.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #28

    @3, keep spreading that rumour. Keeps suitors away.

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  • cyprus

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    @18, nice team there, could damage them. Only Perch is a bit of a weak link.

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  • Lew Davies

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #30

    PEK – dont worry about Demba Ba’s knee.
    If he was having any problems, he would have been missing games already.
    He is more likely to pick up an injury from a bad tackle as he is for his knee to blow up.
    This could happen to any of our players at any time.
    Lifes to short to worry about “what if this and that”
    Just enjoy the here and now. What will be, will be.

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  • Sgt. Heagerty

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #31

    The biggest worry tommorow is the midfield, the match will be won or lost in midfield. If perch and.Guthrie can get a foothold on the engine room we have a chance if obertan and Jonas can get forward enough and attack effectively without fear. We are going to have to be brave and press the ball cuz spurs.will have the lions share of possession

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  • Lew Davies

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #32

    Assuming Obertan wont last 90 mins, is it better to start with him, or aim to use him as a match winning sub?
    tough call for Pardew

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  • mattnufc

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Think HBA needs a run of games to prove himself. Obertan, Best, Shola, R Taylor, Guthrie have been allowed consecutive starts with varying results, so why not HBA?

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  • Lew Davies

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #34

    I can see us going 5 in the mid field with Ba up front on his own
    ……………….krul
    simmo…colo…….willo….santon
    ………………perch
    ober…..hba…..Guthrie………Jonas
    ………………Ba

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  • VanToonMan

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Lew

    I think we have to start with Obertan ‘cos we need a good start to the game…match-winning sub should Ben Arfa i think. He is the type of talent who could come on and score a wonder goal for us when we have been dominated the whole game but kept it at 0-0.

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  • mickyG69

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #36

    There’s a lot of negativity here. First we gave Spurs a game at SJP that we should’ve won so why can’t we get a result at WHL? I know it’s a derby but anyone watching the Mackems play Boro’s 6th formers shouldn’t be overly concerned and MON’s luck won’t last forever. And why can’t we finish 4th all the other big contenders for that spot are still in other cup competitions or Europe so we will be fresher for the league. Let’s get behind them HOWAY THE LADS

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  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #37

    surefootedshola

    anybody who doesn’t think that is the line-up hasn’t been paying much attention this season

    4th? 4th you say? i’d go nuts…

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  • Lew Davies

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #38

    I agree we have been playing our best football when going 4-4-2, but the pressure is off us now, and Pardew has shown he is not scared to try new formations and game plans.
    I just got a feeling we gonna try something new tomorrow.
    (oh and get the surprise win too 😯 )

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  • billy

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #39

    If Simpson the little fairy can keep bale quiet on the right Guthrie can be more than a match for Parker who is massively overated TOON should win tomorrow and blow a hole in the southern media hype that Spurs will win the premier league.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Feb 10, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #40

    lew

    would love to see some formation at least hinting towards some contingency. either way, here’s hoping for a solid showing. would take a point and run if that were on the table…

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