As we’ve talked about before, the very first week of the season will be very tough for Newcastle, and we play a home game against Tottenham on Saturday 18th August, and then a first game of a two-legged tie to get Newcastle qualification into the Europa League group stages, and then on the following Saturday Newcastle are at Chelsea.
Alan Pardew in the new look training gear
The European game is scheduled for the Thursday in between the two Premier League games against an unnamed opponent.
So it will be very tough for Newcastle, and it’salso very important we qualify for the group stages of the Europa League.
And for the first time Alan Pardew has come out and told the Sunday Sun today, that he will have to play some Newcastle youngsters in the Europa League games, since the Premier League is Newcastle’s number one priority next season.
This is what Alan told the Sunday Sun from Vienna today:
“The first week could not be worse for us really.” “The activities in London and the Notting Hill Carnival means the game can’t be moved.” “There’s nothing we can do about that.”
“It’s our first European game and then two days later at Stamford Bridge for a tough game.” “I can’t see me playing the same team in both games. Physically it is almost impossible.”
“I might even leave five players behind and not make them travel because I’m hoping the squad is going to be good enough for two competitions.”
Alan is referring in that first sentence to Newcastle’s request to have the Chelsea game put back to the Sunday, but that has been denied by the Metropolitan Police because of the Notting Hill Carnival taking place.
We suppose there’s not many other alternatives for Alan, since it’s clear the Premier League is number one, and so it seems a lot of Newcastle’s best youngsters could see themselves playing in Europe next season.
That has to be a big boost for them, and if last night’s performance is anything to go by, they can get the job done for Newcastle United next season.
It doesn’t get much better for Newcastle if we do reach the groups stages of the Europa League, because we’ll then play on a Thursday night, and then have a Premier League game the following Sunday afternoon.
But it’s yet another reason why Alan and the Newcastle board must strengthen the squad with say four new senior players this summer.
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