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Newcastle Now Have Great Players In Their Squad

9:19 am, Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Well we suppose it’s official – Alan Pardew has been telling the Newcastle squad in the team meetings this week that the club want to do well in the Europa League, and it seems like the Newcastle manager sees it even as an opportunity to make something out of this season – which has been disappointing for Newcastle fans – to say the least.

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Steven Taylor celebrates with Tim Krul after win against Chelsea

And why don’t Newcastle try to win the thing – after all we haven’t won anything since 1969 and this competition is as good as any – and with our strongest side out we could beat any side on any night – especially at St. James’ Park.

27 year-old local lad Steven Taylor has talked in the Newcastle Journal today about Thursday night’s game against Metalist Kharkiv from the Ukraine:

“We know we are under pressure in every game we play.” We want to do well in this competition. The gaffer has made it clear in team meetings. I am desperate to win something. Hopefully this could be it. People say we have been playing weakened teams, but we haven’t been playing weakened teams.”

“We have got great players in our squad. There is more European experience in the squad now we do have the young players that are good enough.” “I find it difficult to hear when people talk about the young lads. Our young lads are quality players and good enough to handle the big stage.”

“They will definitely get the chance again.” “Thursday was already important but now I think it is more so because we have to bounce back from Tottenham.” “When you play the home leg it is important you try to win. We can do that.”

“We have new faces in the squad, we all want to do well. European nights are what St James’ Park is all about and from what I have heard so far there will be a lot of fans there, so the atmosphere should be something else.” “Rightly so because last season we did so well to get to Europe and now we need to kick on in the competition.”

“The gaffer has the options now and he didn’t have those at the start of the season.” “Players had to play out of position because of injury but now we should have the players to come in. It was so difficult for our gaffer to be able to pick a side before January. We just have to make sure everybody is alright.”

“Competition is very healthy and we have to try to make the most of the Europa League.”

There seems no good reason why Newcastle shouldn’t put out a very strong side tomorrow night, while giving some fringe players a game too – but our squad looks so much stronger than it did at the beginning of January.

What team would you play tomorrow night?

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Anyone have a link for our named EL squad? On the Uefa website it still has Xisco, which can’t be right.

  • 2 Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand // Feb 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Found this list on the official NUFC site.

    Jak Alnwick, Romain Amalfitano, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi, Vurnon Anita, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gael Bigirimana, Yohan Cabaye, Adam Campbell, Papiss Cisse, Fabricio Coloccini, Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling, Jonas Gutierrez, Massadio Haïdara, Steve Harper, Tim Krul, Steven Logan, Sylvain Marveaux, Brandon Miele, Yven Moyo, Gabriel Obertan, James Perch, Nile Ranger, Davide Santon, Moussa Sissoko, Danny Simpson, Remie Streete, James Tavernier, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Haris Vuckic, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

  • 3 Graeme // Feb 13, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    It’s got to be a “balls-out” charge to win this game, by a comfortable margin, just in case Pardeaux decides to hedge his bets for the return leg.

    He has almost 2 weeks to get over any possible injuries so MUST field the strongest side possible – sorry Bambi, you get a night off!! I just hope he really does decide to go for the win and make it count.

  • 4 Graeme // Feb 13, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Ibiza, from your list, I would go with

    Krull
    Simpson – Mbiwa – Saylor – Haidara
    Anita – Tiote – Cabaye
    Sissoko – Cisse – Obertan

    Its got to give us a fighting chance of scoring a few – possibly bring on Campbell for the 2nd half!!

    Mon the Tooooon

  • 5 toon1707 // Feb 13, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Is Simpson not still injured with a broken toe (and face lol)

  • 6 Grahameo // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    I believe we always had Great Players in the squad even before our January transfer window acquisitions… It was a lack confidence in the existing squad. That has now given the new, improved and stronger squad the confidence is back.
    Given the flying start that we had last season, it was inevitable that if that wasn’t going to be equaled or even bettered, then heads would drop all of a sudden and the players would question their belief in themselves and each other. 75% Belief, 20% Effort, 5% Tenacity is what winning games are all about.

  • 7 ballerfan2 // Feb 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Grahameo – you make it sound so simple, but I believe you are absolutely right. Our proven players lost confidence in themselves and each other, afraid of making mistakes. This inhibition put paid to the kind of rapid interplay and ball retention that we have seen again over the last few weeks even against Spurs where some of our play was so impressive. As you say confidence is a huge factor and lack of can make exceptionally talented players look quite ordinary.

  • 8 AmericanGeordie // Feb 13, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    AP should play his strongest side possible for this first leg, hope for a big with (3-0 say), and then play a 2nd 11 away next week and hope to hang on and get through.

    This would still allow for his main players to be rested and match fit for Southampton a week from Sunday.

    4-2-3-1
    Krul

    Anita-Taylor-M’Biwa-Santon
    Tiote-Cabaye
    Marveaux-Sissoko-Jonas
    Cisse




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