Any Newcastle fan will know that since around mid-November, the image of Newcastle United as potentially a team returning to become one of the top clubs in England again has taken a bit of a hit, and couple that with Demba Ba leaving the club last week, and our image has been a little tarnished.
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It didn’t help that Demba Ba left us in mid-season for a bigger and richer club, and he has bad mouthed the club once or twice in the last couple of days, and on Boxing Day Alex Ferguson derided Newcastle United by calling us “that wee club from the North East” – although today he’s trying to explain that rather stupid and insulting remark.
And yesterday was really hard to take and at least for me, the last two games have been really been difficult to take, since we thought we could have got something out of the Everton game, and maybe advanced in the FA Cup yesterday – to give our players a much-needed boost.
But no, it was two more defeats and that’s 11 defeats in our last 16 games – but maybe this is where the collapse stops and we can start to turn things around.
While Shola Ameobi and Cheick Tiote are not available for the Norwich City game – it looks like Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse will be – with an outside chance that Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye will also return – and of course we’ll have Mathieu Debuchy in the side,
So a starting eleven for next Saturday at Carrow Road could be something like this:
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Williamson Santon
Obertan Anita Bigirimna Perch Gutierrez
And if Yohan and Steven are available then it could look like this:
Debuchy Coloccini (c) Taylor (S) Santon
Obertan Anita Cabaye Perch Gutierrez
We only show a 4-5-1 formation because we are short of strikers at the moment – and we also should be getting Dan Gosling and the great Ben Arfa back soon too – and we’re not really sure what the status of Ben Arfa is – but the sooner the Frenchman is back – the better.
We think Alan Pardew and the coaches can turn things around as our players return from injury – we hope Alan Pardew and the coaches can turn things around as our players return from injury.
Keep the faith and we hopefully can pull out of this terrible slump, but it’s certainly been terrible and hard to take.
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