It’s clear that with Newcastle now having a very strong squad nobody’s position in the starting line up is safe, and as one example Cheick Tiote will be pressing hard to replace James Pardew for our next league game against Southampton, and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will have two Europa League games against FC Metalist Kharkiv, to show the manager just what he can do at the heart of the Newcastle defense,
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - gets a chance in the Europa League
Steven Taylor is fairly unique at Newcastle because he’s a local lad who has come through the Newcastle Academy, and we don’t have many of them these days, the Ameobi brothers being the other two, and Steven has talked today in the local papers about competition for places at the club:
“We have had injuries, suspensions and it has probably affected us because we had a very small squad.” “These new lads have increased the competition for places and the gaffer has made it very clear if you don’t perform you don’t get in the team.” “There is excitement again because of the new signings. Just like there is in the Tottenham squad, you can tell.”
Three big players that have been missing for us this season have been Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Ben Arfa – and we have really missed all three players.
And there’s a good chance that Ben Arfa will be back for the Southampton game, so Newcastle could be full strength for the first time this season – in fielding their strongest starting eleven.
And it was pretty obvious on Saturday that Gareth Bale was the difference between the sides, and without Gareth Tottenham seem very hard pressed to score goals – and that’s their real weakness, should Gareth become injured during the run in to the season.
Steven Taylor certainly thinks Gareth Bale is some player:
“To me Gareth Bale is a world-beater.” “He is a complete player, he is like Ronaldo because when he is coming at you and you have to be on your toes all of the time.” “You have to pray he doesn’t score a goal – and he scores two. You could see what a great player he is.” “Yet we are all disappointed because but for his two goals we felt we could have won.”
Alan Pardew summed up the game well – when he said it was a very good performance but it a poor result – and we really should have taken at least a point out of the game.
But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now – so we now have to try to beat Southampton – that’s all that matters now.
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