It was a very disappointing result and performance by a young Newcastle side last night in Bordeaux, with the French side dominant throughout, and it was the first time Bordeaux had beaten an English side in Europe in their 10th attempt, having lost seven of those previous games.
Bordeaux players celebrate Cheick Diabate goal
And it’s very obvious that Newcastle do not have the strength in depth necessary to compete effectively in Europe and the Premier League, and it seems that Alan Pardew is determined to add new players to his squad in January, as he had this to say after last night’s game:
“We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that with a game to spare.” “I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn’t qualified and they played their best team on that pitch.”
“It would have been difficult for us because they have got some very good players.” “But the bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February.”
“I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad.”
We really do hope that Newcastle are working feverishly behind the scenes to strengthen the squad in January, and with Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor both likely to be fit when the Europa League continues in February – we should have a much stronger squad by then – we hope we have a much stronger squad by then.
But this was a poor performance from a Newcastle side last night, there’s no doubt about it – and we need to do better – a lot better.
What do you think?
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