Newcastle have proved, without a shadow of a doubt, that once we have some of our big players out of the side, we are only a mediocre side at best. We’ve had three top players missing over the last few months – Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, but without them we’ve looked just an ordinary side, and have started to learn how to lose far too often.
Alan Pardew - seems more upbeat today
And yes we’ve had other players like Fab Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez missing too – but the performances of some of our fringe players have done their Newcastle careers no good at all, and we think if Newcastle can survive in the top flight this season, we’ll see a bit of a clear out in the summer.
The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew even seemed a little upbeat today about some top players coming back:
“I would say the cup didn’t help us in terms of where it fell.” “The injuries made it even more difficult.” “The real issue is that we need our best players on the pitch. That’s what we’re working on.” “There’s a determination to get our best players out there.”
“But we can’t rush them and bring them back before they’re ready.” Yet at least Papiss Cisse is ready to step back into the fray and into a more central role, and the No 9 will be joined by Jonas Gutierrez.”
“Hopefully, we’ll have Jonas, Fabricio and Papiss back in training.” “Yohan trained on Tuesday, but I’m not sure if he’ll be involved.” “Mathieu Debuchy’s also been training, so things are looking a little bit healthier.”
It seems that Steven Taylor could also start at Norwich, after Alan this morning said the local lad with Newcastle United tattooed on his forehead could make the Norwich game.
And don’t be surprised if Pardew is playing mind games, and that when we see the team at 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, a big surprise could be that Yohan Cabaye is in the starting line-up.
But it’s also true we don’t want to rush our players back – like we did at Fulham with Ben Arfa – because that only puts them out of action for even longer periods, which is not good for Newcastle.
But it does seem that players like Mathieu Debuchy, James Perch, Fab Coloccini, Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse will all start on Saturday, after missing the game at Brighton, with an outside chance that either Steven Taylor or Yohan Cabaye could be in the starting line-up.
That would all be good news for Newcastle.
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