Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias seem to be doing their jobs in the January transfer window (which they didn’t do last summer), and it looks like we’ll be signing three more players today and tomorrow – Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and hopefully Moussa Sissoko.
Massadio Haidara – should be signing today
Andof course our second signing through the door in January was yesterday, and it was French International Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and he is a seasoned player in the French league – and his experience and leadership should be a big boon for Newcastle in the final 15 games of what has been a terrible season – so far.
The new boys will have a chance to train with the team for a number of days before we face Aston Villa at Villa Park next Tuesday night – and we must take something out of that game.
Alan Pardew is well aware that a relegation fight will be a new experience for his incoming Frenchmen:
“This will be new for the French players.” “They have not been in a scrap at the bottom of the English Premier League. Now they are going to be fighting to help us stay in this division. They have to be strong enough.”
“The French players we have here are quickly learning what English football is all about.” “They saw on Saturday that everything was rosy at half-time. They were in front and on top of the game. Then in the second half it changed.”
“There is pressure in English football and games can change quickly. We will have to talk about that; it has affected us.”
If we can do well next Tuesday night it’s very likely to be a full house against European Champions Chelsea a week on Saturday at St. James’ Park – even after our pathetic second half showing against Reading.
And maybe we can get a different result at St. James’ Park this time?
Howay The Lads!!
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