In what is turning out to be a successful first tour this summer of Germany and Austria, the Newcastle manager seems upbeat with the good performances all over the field he got from his players on Monday night against a very decent Monaco side.
Alan Pardew – shown during game against Monaco on Monday night
Alan wants to increase competition for places all over the field for next season, and the thing that really buoyed our spirits on Monday night, was the performances of many of Newcastle’s top youngsters.
And we have top hope that one or two come through during this coming season, and players like Haris Vuckic, Mehdi Abeid, James Tavernier, Gaël Bigirimana and Sammy Ameobi have all looked good over the last couple of games.
And of course young Shane Ferguson isn’t even with the squad, as he picked up a slight injury in training and is being held back for treatment at Benton.
The last thing Newcastle or the player want, is for him to have another serious injury during pre-season – which is what happened last year.
Newcastle play in Vienna, Austria tonight against top Turkish side Fenerbahce, and the Newcastle manager is happy with the competition for places so far.
And Newcastle’s big players will have to be on their toes, and nobody will simply walk into the Newcastle first team this coming season, not under Alan Pardew, who had this to say in the Newcastle Journal today:
“Trust me, players know they can’t just feel their way into the team. They have to hit the ground running.” “If you are going to get in the first XI that’s what you have to do here.”
“We’ll put out a much stronger team against Fenerbahce. We are hoping to end the tour on a good note. Everybody has trained now with the group. Everybody is pushing now.”
We’ll have to wait and see if captain Fabricio Coloccini plays tonight, and he ‘s been working on his fitness levels, and wanted to be fitter before he plays his first game in pre-season, so he could get an outing tonight.
And it seems touch and go if Papiss Cissé is fit enough to play some of the game tonight, after taking sick in Germany over the weekend – it must have been that Wiener Schnitzel.
But the Senegal captain was fit enough to take part in the white water rafting on Wednesday, and he seems fit enough from the pictures, if a little underwater.
Papiss Cisse underwater on Wednesday
It would be good to see both Coloccini and Cisse get a game tonight, however brief their first appearances may be, and the game is being televised live by ESPN and can be picked up on the PC.
Check the comments on our team article just before the match, where readers put in where you can pick up the game.