We always thought it was going to be very difficult to repeat last season’s accomplishments, but we haven’t made too bad a start to the season, and it’s nothing that a couple of wins at Everton and at home to Norwich City on Sunday, will not put right very quickly.
Alan Pardew – let’s be thankful for what we’be got
But the main gripe with Newcastle fans right now is that we just didn’t bring in enough players over the summer, and with five injuries already this season – to Cheick Tiote, Ryan Taylor, Danny Simpson, Fab Coloccini and Tim Krul – the squad already looks stretched and we have two games a week for most of the rest of this year.
And the Newcastle manager and the Newcastle powers that be, are very aware of this criticism coming on radio talk shows and on the various Newcastle blogs, and Alan has done his best to address the fans’ concerns.
In the Sunday Sun today Alan Pardew has defended Newcastle’s transfer dealings over the summer, and he points out there’s still a number of players that Newcastle fans haven’t seen much of yet.
This is what Alan said today:
“You have to look over the period of 18 months that I’ve been here. I think we have spent very well and wisely.” “You could argue that we should have gone out and spent more money on players, but then if it didn’t work out that would have been a bigger criticism.”
“We spent the money wisely and I think our fans should be thankful for that.” “Graham Carr did a tremendous job in targeting players and we have done our best to develop the ones we already have, and we think there are one or two at the club the fans haven’t seen yet.”
“They haven’t seen Sammy Ameobi this season or much of Romain Amalfitano.””Cheick Tiote has hardly played.” “So I think we should be thankful for what we’ve got. We have a competitive squad.” “I have no problem with these radio debate shows, I really don’t.” “I do think they tend to lean on the negative rather than the positive.”
“You have to look at the bigger picture.” “We had a fantastic season last year and this time we’ve had two European games and two international breaks; the season hasn’t really got going.” “There has been this talk because, in my view, the fans have had some time on their hands.”
“Now we have a run of games and I think we’ll prove that we are a good side.”
When you look at the big picture, and not be depressed too much because we didn’t get more points out of our first three games, Newcastle still have a good squad, and it’s probably better than last year at this time.
So with a little bit of luck and good fortune, there’s no real reason why we cannot soon start doing well again – but we’ll have a better idea of how things will go this season after we’ve played a few more games.
The targets by the end of the year are probably to be in or around the top six in the league, and to qualify out of the group stages of the Europa League – and those two goals are still possible.
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