Stoke City have saw their squad stretched to the limit this season, since they have played over 50 games, and by our reckoning, twelve of those were in the Europa League.
Are Newcastle really trying to emulate Stoke?
Newcastle will very likely be in the Europa league next season, as one of the three sides England will enter, and the Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew will be keen to have a talk with Tony Pulis about his experiences in Europe this season.
Newcastle will be both increasing the skill level and the size of their squad in the summer, but Tony may be able to give Pardew some good information from his exploits of this season in Europe.
This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:
“Stoke are a team we’re trying to emulate,” “They got in the Europa League last year through the FA Cup, but they played in Europe on merit.”
“That affected their league position this season, and it’s something I’ll have a conversation about with Tony Pulis after the game.”
“They’ve still got great players, and we can’t underestimate them,” “It’ll be tough. Too much focus is on their style of play, as they’ve got quality players.”
Stoke are currently 14th in the league, and have won just one of their last seven games, and they have only 2 points from their last 6 away games, so conventional wisdom would suggest that Newcastle could get their 6th win in a row on Saturday.
But not much has been conventional with the results in the Premier League lately, and this will no doubt be another tough game for the Magpies, against a side who are always difficult to play against.
But Newcastle have had a full two weeks to get ready for this game, and we would expect they are fully prepared for the first of their last five league games of the season.
A win on Saturday would be simply terrific, and could even see Newcastle in 4th place by Saturday night.