Newcastle are still 5 points above Liverpool after 27 games played after Liverpool looked an ordinary side in losing 1-0 at Sunderland yesterday.
Alan Pardew – wants to finish high up in the league
Even though Kenny Dalglish has paid out £60M for Suarez and Carroll just over twelve months ago, Liverpool’s problem is that they cannot put the ball in the back of the net, and they have only 30 goals in the league this season, and only Everton, Stoke, QPR and Wigan have less goals than that.
We suppose he’ll now need a lot more money from the American owners to correct that problem in the summer. 😀
And with Tottenham losing their third league game in a row at Everton, the results went Newcastle’s way yesterday.
Newcastle have a chance to even widen the gap over Liverpool at Arsenal tomorrow night, and if Newcastle can finish in at least in 7th place in May, there is a decent chance that we can make the Europa League next season.
While Alan Pardew has said he would not be disappointed too much if Newcastle don’t make Europe next season, he would be disappointed if we didn’t finish in the top eight in the league table.
Pardew was asked if he’d be disappointed not to make Europe:
“No, no, because if you look at Liverpool’s run-in, it’s definitely favourable to ours, and their squad is bigger, so I still think they are in the box seat for that position.”
“I would be very disappointed if we finished below eighth, for sure. Top eight, seventh, sixth. “Sixth is Europe and there’s a great chance of that, and we want to try to take it.”
“We have got ourselves into a great position.” “A lot of clubs can’t go for Europe – probably only seven clubs are going to make it now. There’s an outside chance of an eighth club getting involved, but I doubt it.”
“Liverpool are already in it, so if with five games to go they can’t make the Champions League, their focus could slip.” “Kenny Dalglish might take the option of playing a few young players, which might open the door for us, so there’s lots to happen yet.”
And while the clubs they are rubbing shoulders with are still spending massive amounts in the transfer market, that’s not true with Newcastle these days.
And last summer Newcastle had a net spend of under £2M in the transfer market, although we did splash out and pay around £9M up front for Papiss Cisse in January from SC Freiburg.
Couple Newcastle’s current 6th place in the league with a very good set of financial figures released by the club last week, and there’s no doubt things are looking up on Tyneside.
And a good result tomorrow night against in-form Arsenal would be terrific.
Howay The Lads!!