We suppose it’s obvious but it’s hard sometimes for players to move to other clubs in January and expect them to be at their best immediately – and it very rarely happens that way.
Alan Pardew – has to create a new team – and quickly too
Id did happen for a certain Papiss Cisse last season when he hit 13 goals in 14 matches in the second half of the season and that propelled Newcastle to a terrific 5th place finish last season.
But for very Papiss Cisse there are others – like Kevin Nolan as one example – who find it difficult to settle in their first five months at the club.
Newcastle fans will be hoping the five Frenchmen signed at the club in January will settle in quickly and help prevent a second relegation in a short four years on Tyneside.
And the players and Alan Pardew are well aware of the specific challenges they have over the next five months, and this is what the Newcastle manager said about what he has to do and quickly:
“I think the challenge for me is to get a team quickly here. We’ve worked on that. The importance of the fixture is hard for them to comprehend. What happened to this club four years ago at Aston Villa, when Newcastle were relegated, is a message that will be difficult to portray to them unless you felt it.”
“The most important thing is that we get performances and we hit the ground running with this team. There are some players that you just know are at the level are going to hit the ground running and I don’t envisage Moussa Sissoko having a problem in this division or settling in quickly.”
“The players have helped, they understand I have to pick a team now that’s right for Newcastle every week, and they have to accept the decision and I won’t be making too many excuses for them.”
We’ll get some idea of how quickly some of our new players can settle into the club and playing in the Premier League tonight, when a few of them should see some playing time in the crucial relegation 6 pointer at Villa Park.
A win would be fantastic and just what the doctor ordered.
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