Newcastle have now lost eight of their last ten league games, and we’ve lost to West Ham, Swansea, Southampton, Stoke, Fulham, Manchester City, Manchester Untried and Arsenal – and we’ve smashed Wigan and QPR at home, but in our last 11 league games, including the 1-1 draw at Liverpool in early November, we have a measly 7 points – and I had to write the teams down – to ensure I wasn’t dreaming all of this.
Yohan Cabaye – back in mid January
Yes, we’ve been short of players and surely Newcastle will start picking up when some of our best players return and there’s at least good news on two of our top players who have been out the last couple of months.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the local press yesterday:
“We hope to get Cabaye and Taylor back in mid-January. Cabaye is kicking balls around but isn’t training with us, Hatem Ben Arfa is a little bit further away”.
That’s good news on Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor, who will make a huge difference to the side once they get match fit, but it looks to us like Ben Arfa was brought back too early, when he starred and scored at Craven Cottage, but we are now paying the consequences of that.
But we think it’s Steven Taylor we have missed the most, and with yet another defensive collapse yesterday we have conceded 11 goals in our last two games, but scored six times too, in what for the neutral – were two terrific games of football to watch.
Next up is Everton at home on Wednesday night, and then Brighton down the south coast in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, and then hopefully Steven and Yohan will return at Norwich or at home to Reading.
We’re not too interested in the FA Cup or the Europa Cup at the moment, as long as we are down there just 3 points above the relegation zone, but our attacking play in the last two games had been very good.
Everton will be a big game for the lads, and a win would be exactly what the doctor ordered.
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