Alan Pardew certainly seems to be upbeat these days, and we’ve got to believe that his players – especially his new players acquired last month – are performing very well in training – and they are certainly performing very well in the games they have played for Newcastle so far.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - an excellent acquisition for Newcastle
That goes for Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – and they have been some of Newcastle’s best players since they arrived on Tyneside last month.
It just shows that the January transfer window could go down as a watershed event at the Tyneside club, because we’ve also noticed the new players are very ambitious, and want to do well at Newcastle – and have big ambitions for the club - and that will surely propel Newcastle forward.
That can’t be bad.
This is what Alan Pardew said about tonight’s game in the Evening Chronicle today:
“Maybe with Ben Arfa’s return and how we sit at the moment that would be disappointment because I think we can go far.” “I can’t see how their fans are going to be more fanatical than ours.” “And they got 0-0 at our place somewhat fortunately.”
“I think we can get a score draw here or I think we can win.” “I look at the two teams and I think it is even.” “They have good players and we have good players.” “But I am hoping that we accomplish our main agenda – and that is to score a goal.”
“If we score a goal there will be no extra time.” “That is a definite for me – I don’t want extra time.” “Scoring goals would be good.” “I can’t see it being 0-0.” “I think the team that we have can’t go through two 90 minutes without scoring back to back.”
“Looking at the way they play, I think they will score and I think we will score.”
It’s a good chance tonight for the new Newcastle to show just how good they are – but whatever happens tonight in Kharkiv – as long as we get our lads playing at 100% and doing the best they can, we’ll take whatever result we get – but the next game is against Southampton on Sunday – and we must win that one.
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