I cannot be the only Newcastle fan who has been astonished at the pace at which Newcastle have brought players into the club this week – and it comes after we lost Remy to QPR and lost a relegation 6 pointer to Reading last Saturday.
Mike Ashley – four players in four days – not too bad
But with top new signings Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and today hopefully Moussa Sissoko, who is tasking a medical – Newcastle have very quickly lifted the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere.
And it hasn’t gone unnoticed that after the failure to get Remy in, that Mike Ashley took a hands on approach in the transfer market – and if this is any guide about Ashley’s skill in the transfer market – he should be getting involved a lot more form now on.
With all the Frenchmen coming to the club – the rumor is that Greggs the Bakers are looking at opening some pâtisseries in the city, and we see there is a French bakery already in the city center.
And it hasn’t stopped journalists from reporting about how all the Frenchman will cause problems in team spirit at the club, but the four players we have signed all come across as excellent team players and first class professionals and delighted to be joining a club as famous as Newcastle - their words not mine.
The journalists simply hope that it will cause a problem in the Newcastle dressing room.
Of course we still have to win games – and we must start to pick up points soon – starting at Villa Park next Tuesday night – which is another vital game for the lads and another relegation 6 pointer – which we cannot lose.
But there’s also no doubt that Alan Pardew has a lot more options to choose from in his squad, and it’s clear the new players all know what is expected of them and the team, through the end of the season.
This first step is to avoid relegation which would be simply catastrophic for the club, the second is to climb up the league table to a respectable ending position come May – and the third step is to launch an attack on the top six next season.
As long as we can keep our best players this summer – the squad will be the strongest it’s been for many a season.
This week has been a great week for Newcastle United.
Howay The Lads!!
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