After Newcastle lost Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique last year, Newcastle have been the real surprise team in the Premier League this season.
Danny Guthrie – getting into Europa League would be fantastic
And while the players who have left have not all fared well, Newcastle are going great guns in the league in 6th position, and 5 points clear of Liverpool, whom Andy and Jose joined last year.
Jose looks as good as he was at Newcastle, but Andy is struggling to score goals and justify his massive £35M price tag.
To think that last summer there were fears among some Newcastle fans, that we could even be in a relegation fight this season, but it just hasn’t materialized.
And in the first 50 league games with Alan Pardew in charge, he’s done better than everybody else except Kevin Keegan, in his so far successful if short reign as the Newcastle manager.
It’s an open question as to whether Danny Guthrie will want to stay at Newcastle when his contract runs out in June, because he’s not getting the playing time he wants.
But the former Liverpool midfielder says the squad is motivated for the run-in to the season.
This is what Danny boy told the local press today:
“Getting into the Europa League would be fantastic for us because it wasn’t expected of us at the start of the season. It’s within our grasp. If we keep working in the last nine games, we can get there.”
“We just need to show our determination now until the end of the season.” “It will be tough on Sunday– the away games are always difficult – but hopefully we’ll have a couple of players back.”
“Then there will be a few more options for the manager.” “Sometimes the spirit is enough. They always say that good teams win when they don’t play well.”
“Norwich was tough, they’re a side in the top 10 and we know how difficult it is to get in there.” “We said in that game, a clean sheet would win it.” “And that’s exactly what happened.”
West Brom are usually a better side on the road than at home this season, but that may be changing because they have beaten Sunderland 4-0 and Chelsea 1-0 in their last two league games at The Hawthorns.
We know it’s going to be a tough game on Sunday, and we’d be happy enough with a point, but if our lads can start to play well, we could even pick up all 3 points, for the second game running.
Howay The Lads!!