There seem to have been multiple things that have gone wrong this season at Newcastle, not just one, and we point to the lack of recruitment in the summer by the Newcastle Board, as one huge mistake that can be remedied a little in January, but our best players are also not playing anywhere near their best form, or their form of last season.
Alan Pardew – in happier times
And of course we’ve had multiple injuries with the extra games being played in Europe, since with a small squad players are being asked to play too many games, and that leads to players being injured, one way or the other.
And finally Alan Pardew is probably not getting the best performances out of the players he has at his disposal, although he has been hit with a loss of our top players and other players out of form and lacking confidence.
Yesterday’s starting line-up was only three players short of our best team – Colo, Cabaye and Ben Arfa, and on Wednesday night we’ll have Colo back, so we’ll only have the two French Internationals missing in what would be the best team we can field.
So the players that are available should be doing a lot better than they have been doing over the last four games or so – but they are not.
And that’s the dilemma for Alan Pardew, as the buck stops with him, and he above all others must bear the responsibility of turning this thing around, before we find ourselves even lower down in the league table.
Newcastle fans really need to stick by Alan and our squad of players, and help to turn this thing around, because surely we have too many good players to be in another relegation scrap this season.
We certainly hope so.
What do you think?
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