With four new players coming into the club last week in just four days to join Mathieu Debuchy, Newcastle have now brought in five good Frenchman to strengthen the squad this month, and with Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye now fully fit and available, and the great Ben Arfa to return in a couple of weeks time, Newcastle should be able to field much stronger sides than we have over the last two or three months.
Sylvain Marveaux - in sparkling form recently
And we need to start picking up wins in these games, if we are going to quickly get away from the relegation zone – and we have almost a perfect chance tomorrow night at Villa Park to do just that – and a win will give a huge boost to the Newcastle squad and the fans too.
Alan Pardew has no excuses now – and he says the squad is at full strength (only Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote are really missing):
“It’s a kind of restart for us because we are so much stronger in terms of depth and quality within the group.” “We have got Yohan coming back, and he’s like a new player; Debuchy has come into the building and settled quickly, Sylvain Marveaux is playing well, and then the new boys on top of that.”
“The loss of Demba, I think, really impacted on us. You only have to look at the goals scored and you would have to say it has.” “We have had to react to that and hopefully, we have reacted in the right way.” “We have had a small squad since I have been here and now for the first time, I think I have the full allocation, and that goes without the injury crisis we have suffered this particular year.
“We are up to full strength really and now it is about making sure we get the victories we need to build on this.” “People keep talking about finishing fifth last year and this and that, but that team, I have never been able to field because of injuries or whatever.”
“We now have a strong squad. We will probably have a new look to us and that new look hopefully settles quickly because we have not got a lot of games left.” “It may seem like it, but it won’t be in five games’ time if we are still in this same position.”
The game tomorrow night will be a watershed game – and it will be interesting to see what kind of formation and what kind of game plan Newcastle will have against one of the weakest sides in the division, who have not brought in many reinforcements so far this month.
If we are to get away from the relegation zone quickly, then we need to win tomorrow night – it’s really as simple as that.
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