January Test – Does Ashley Want To Build Top Newcastle Side?

Everybody is very well aware that Newcastle have lost four games on the trot, and the next win will be greeted with not a little relief, and some celebration we suspect – and we hope it comes on Monday night at home to Wigan.

Let’s hope this is how Alan Pardew is on Monday night – after the game

The slump has all happened within the last three weeks or so, and it has come as we have collected even more injuries to players in the first team squad.

And it’s obvious to all, that the squad we have right now is not big enough to be able to take the extra games of the Europa League.

But Newcastle are still a good side and still have some top players in the side, and the thing the lads mustn’t do is to panic, and confidence is what the lads need now more than anything else – and we’re sure that’s exactly what Alan and the coaching staff are trying to instill into the players this weekend.

This is what Alan Pardew said today:

“We must keep our heads.” “We must find a new way to win as we have a lot of creativity out at the moment.”

“The injury situation has increased the discussion.” “We had an idea where it was going to go.” “It might change before we get there.”

“Shola has half a chance of making the bench.”

We’ll see what happens in January, but this could be the acid test for Mike Ashley – does he really want to build a top side at Newcastle? We’ll have the answer to that one on February 1st

It would be good if Shola makes the bench, because we want as many players back as asap – and Ben Arfa (the great) and Gabby Obertan are also not too fay away from full fitness.

Keep the faith and be prepared to celebrate on Monday night – hopefully.

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