We have just 20 points from our first 20 games of the season, and that’s two points short of where we were after 20 games in our relegation season four year ago, after we had just been hammered 5-1 by Liverpool at home in our 20th league game of that season.
Alan Pardew – has a big job on his hands now
And we’re 13 points behind where we were last season at this time, after we had just crushed Manchester United 3-0 in our 20th league game of the season in early January, and things were looking great.
That’s not the case at the moment, and this is our worst start in many a long year – probably the worst start for us in the Premier League ever – so we know we could be in trouble if the lads don’t start picking up some wins shortly.
And Alan Pardew has again admitted we could be in relegation scrap through May:
“I’ve never looked away from the bottom if I’m honest, and I think every Premier League manager outside of the top four or five clubs who doesn’t look at 40 points first is telling a fib.”
“You need to look at that first, and we’re still 20 points short at the moment so we’ve got a bit to do. Of course I’m confident that we will get out of it. We have good players to come back and we’re going to make an impact somewhere in this league at some point.
“But we don’t want to leave it too late and my priority is to get the best team out on the pitch as soon as I can. I have got some better news coming along with Steven Taylor and Cabaye, and just one of those coming back will be significant. I hope they will be coming back soon.”
We hate to bring this up, but Alan Pardew has said quit a few times that if Newcastle don’t perform then we could see even more of our top players leave in the summer – since they signed up to challenge near the top of the Premier League, as we did last season – and not be in the bottom five fighting against relegation.
So in the worst case Demba Ba leaving could just be the start of defections, unless the players and the coaching staff at Newcastle pull their socks up – and we can start climbing that league table and make this season a much better one than it looks at the moment.
And we’re sure we’re not the only ones a bit worried about losing some of our best players in the summer – like Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa in the summer – if we survive and stay in the Premier League.
If we don’t survive – I don’t even want to think about that.
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