Alan Pardew basked in the glow of three new signings this week in his press conference yesterday afternoon – and four this month – Moussa Sissoko had not yet been announced, and he also pointed to the fantastic form of Yohan Cabaye, and said that the great Ben Arfa was due back in two to three weeks time, from the hamstring injury he made worse when he played at Fulham in early December.
Yohan Cabaye – in outstanding for at the moment
Alan has said the extra competition the five new signings will bring will also give some competition and hopefully energize some of the players already in the squad – and getting a place on the bench is now going to be difficult – but the strong bench will also give the manager some options in games – something he hasn’t had much of since early November – when our fall from grace started.
This is what Alan said yesterday:
“There were key areas in the team which needed strengthening because the most important thing for a Premier League team is competition.” “It is not necessarily about the players who are coming in. It is about the effect they have on the players we already have, the increased level of intensity in training is already gone up with the arrival of these players, and that is what you need.”
“Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is a player with fantastic leadership skills, great, great potential and fantastic power and that is what this team needs. We lack a bit of power in this team and these signings will help that.” “As I say, the players that we have brought in, without giving too much away, are going to add some pace in our team, some energy and energize some of the players we have.”
“We already have Cabaye back and that is probably the biggest signing we have had in the last two weeks. He looks really terrific, we look in much better shape than seven days ago and that is how it should be. We definitely needed to do what we have done.”
“Every day as manager of Newcastle United is exciting, trust me.” “I’ve had another one today.” “I think it’s going to be difficult. I’ve faced this before at West Ham, I got the sack just before the window opened and was very upset as I didn’t get the chance to change what I knew needed to be changed.”
Newcastle still have only three experienced strikers, and we’ll see Yoan Gouffran at some stage at Villa Park on Tuesday night – and his speed should pose a huge threat to the Villa defense, and give Newcastle something different up front.
Ben Arfa – due back in two to three weeks
We need to score goals – and our defense needs to tighten up big time – but with Coloccini now staying for the rest of the season – we look forward to the Newcastle defense being a lot more solid in the final 15 games of the season.
So that if we do get ahead in games – we’ll be able to keep that lead and wrap up all 3 points in games.
And getting Ben Arfa back will give us some of that extra creativity we need.
Howay The Lads!!
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