Newcastle manager has said today that he will use the full Newcastle squad this season as he takes Newcastle back into Europe and with the 1-1 draw against Atromitos on Thursday night in Greece, we must have a very good chance of qualifying for the group stages of the Europa League which will give us six European games to play before the end of the year.
Newcastle players in training yesterday down south
The fixtures list has given Newcastle a daunting task in their first three games, and if we can get any result this afternoon at Chelsea, we’ll have made an excellent start in the very first week of the season.
This is what Alan told the Newcastle press corps today:
“Let’s be honest any result at Chelsea would make it a good week.” “The win against Tottenham was massive. If we get anything from Chelsea it will be a massive thing anyway.”
“We want to round the week off on a high.” “We had a positive night in Greece.” “When you look at the first two games, all of our squad have played in the first week – apart from Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson and one or two others.”
“That is the season we are going to have. Everybody is going to be needed and have to play.”
Of course Newcastle went the first 11 games of the season in the league last term, winning seven and drawing four for a points total of 25, and it will be difficult to repeat that feat this time around, but you never know.
Alan Pardew could even make 11 changes from the side that drew in Greece on Thursday evening, and that could happen if Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba and Fab Coloccini are fit to start this afternoon.
And if Shola is not available, don’t be surprised if young Adam Campbell finds himself on the bench, and he could make his Premier League debut in the second half today.
The good news for Newcastle is that Chelsea captain John Terry has sustained a neck injury (does that mean he’s a pain in the neck?) and he will miss the game today.
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