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We’ve Got No Complaints With This Squad – Pardew

9:11 am, Thursday, February 14th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Newcastle fans have the Europa League game tonight to look forward to, as Newcastle attempt to resurrect their season – and get a good run going in the Europa league, as well as starting to win some games in the Premier League – and it’s a fact that Alan Pardew and the lads will be trying to win every single game from now until the end of the season.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – will start tonight

Now that Newcastle have strengthened their squad it’s almost like the squad of last year at this time, and only Ben Arfa is not fit – and he should be returning soon – hopefully for the next league game – at home to Southampton a week on Sunday.

Alan Pardew has admitted today that he has no complaints with his current  squad:

“I’ve been a bit unfortunate in cup competitions in terms of injuries and stuff, but I’ve got no complaints this time,” “When we finished fifth last year, we haven’t really had that team to put out at any stage of this competition, even against Bordeaux.”

“Now I’m back to a team very similar to the one I had last year in terms of strength and quality – the fit-again Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko have strengthened our hand.”

“Hopefully we can get through this tie and get a couple of favorable Premier League results. Suddenly we can really look forward to it.”  But if you think I took my eye off the European competition, I hadn’t. I was just trying to get through it and make sure we had the strongest team for the Premier League.”

“If we’d had a fully fit squad we’d probably have won the group.”

And it seems that the Newcastle manager has preferred Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to Mathieu Debuchy for the Europa League, and he left Debuchy out of his squad.

Alan explained a little about how he made that choice:

“I thought Mapou in terms of these games would be more important.” “He can play right-back, he can play center half, whereas Debuchy can only play one position. I also felt the fact Steven Taylor had just returned from injury meant Mapou’s chances were not as great as Debuchy in the Premier League.”

That last sentence is important because Alan has to give Mapou some games, so he has a chance to show what he can do in our defense.

Newcastle fans will definitely see Mapou start the game tonight, and that’s worth the price of admission alone, but we also need to win this game, and give ourselves a chance in the second leg in the Ukraine next Thursday night.

Let’s hope Newcastle can start winning games, and maybe we can end of the season in great style – that’s certainly what we’re hoping for.

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Tags: Europa League · European Competition · Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa · Mathieu Debuchy · Newcastle News



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rotonda heights // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Can’t believe we didn’t move Simpson on when we had a chance to claw back a bit of money for him and he’s injured!

    If anything happens to Debuchy then it should obviously be Santon right and Haidara left.

    Playing 3 x CBs and 1 as a sweeper would allow Deb and Santon to bomb forward.

    Is saying we will try and win every game an admission they weren’t before?

    If we can phase out Simmo, Willo, Shola, Sammi and Ranger and replace with the PEA and one of Sakho or Alderwield etc we could really fly, even with Pardew.

  • 2 blew // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Taylor is not in the same league as Mbiwa.
    IMO the managers’ judgement has left a lot to be desired on many occasions. Here, Charlton, West Ham and Soton.

  • 3 jeff // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:24 AM

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    subscribe to my twitter, i’ll be making hilarious sports banter (primarily football) from now on

  • 4 ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~ // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Blew

    Just because a player is immense in one league, does not mean they will be immense in another. So many players from abroad have come to the BPL and failed miserably,

    Luque, Xisco, Kluivert. Some recent examples for you.

    To say Mbiwa who has yet to show how good he is in the BPL, is better then an experienced BPL player is nothing but unsupported claims.

    We have been lucky that so many of our signings have hit the ground running, but that doesn’t mean all of them will.

    Wait till Mbiwa proves himself in the BPL, before claiming he is better then any of our first choice center backs. For all we know, he might do an Enrique and colo. Horrendous in their first year, amazing ever since.. or until leaving us…

  • 5 saxonfenken // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Let the season start now, I for one am very confident of a good out come, ie progression in the Europa Cup, and I would settle for mid table in Premier. that after the earlier disasters would be good season

  • 6 sirtoongospel // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Saylor shouldn’t be the one under threat from Mapou. His commitment is crucial for us, and him and Mapou could be a cracking partnership. Colo is the one who needs to step it up. But for Christ sake please don’t knock Mapou’s end in by putting him in with Willo. Mapou And colo tonight for me, make sure Saylor is looked after.

  • 7 saxonfenken // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Oh! and Yanga will be immense, just wait and see

  • 8 TorqToon // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Blew – I agree and disagree with you.

    I’ve watched Yanga play more times than I can remember, and I know how good this lad is. He ha the potential to be one of the worlds best. He will become our starting centre half and it will always be referred to as Yanga + 1 other when our central defence is discussed.

    However he needs to be brought in slowly, the English league is a step up from Ligue 1 – and Taylor knows how the league is played, and in fairness doesn’t deserve to be dropped.

    Next season will be Yanga and Taylor imo with Mirin 3rd in line and covering for Taylor’s injuries!

    Very excited for tonight’s game! HWTL

  • 9 SpaceGhost // Feb 14, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    @ blew

    I agree. Mbiwa reading of the game, positioning & decision making is that of an international player, which Saylor is not. Saylor reminds me of a poor man’s Pique




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