There’s still surprisingly everything to play for in the last game of the season next Sunday at Goodison Park.
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While Everton are a good side and playing well, they will not be as difficult as Manchester City were yesterday, and Newcastle will be looking for all 3 points, but whether they can get them or not is a very good question.
It would be a real downer to finish the season losing our last two games, and three of the last four, so we know Alan Pardew and the lads will be doing all they can to win that game, but Goodison Park has hardly been a happy hunting ground for Newcastle.
And Papiss Cisse proved he may even be human yesterday, as he had one of his quietest games for Newcastle, after those miracles he performed at Stamford Bridge in mid-week, but the Manchester City defense was very solid.
Alan Pardew talked on the Newcastle web-site and knows Newcastle must win next Sunday:
“We have to win at Everton, which might not be enough, but that’s what we need to do.” “There is no draw and looking at results, we need to win.”
“They were significant results (for Arsenal and Tottenham).” “They both need to win now and that’s pressure that could help us.”
It would be really disappointing if Newcastle now finish in 6th place in the league, which will mean playing a couple of play-off games in August to get into the Europa League Group stages.
And to get into 3rd place, which is still possible, we are relying on Arsenal and Tottenham not doing well in their last two games – but as Alan says, all Newcastle have to do now is concentrate on what they can do and beat Everton.
That would at least end the season on a positive note – wherever we end up in the league table.
But Newcastle have done so well this season, that the summer transfer season now becomes a very important one for the club – one of the most important in many years.
Newcastle must decide who to bring in, and whether they will let players like Danny Guthrie and Danny Simpson move on, and not offer them improved contracts.
One thing is for sure, and that’s the standards at Newcastle have risen dramatically over the last season, and that must be what drives Newcastle in bringing in the new players this summer.
And we expect up to five top players to be arriving before September rolls around.
It promises to be an exciting time for Newcastle fans this summer, as the club tries to improve their squad, so they can mount a challenge for a top four place next season.