We’ve been impressed with both the skill, temperament and attitude of our new five French players we recruited last month, in what could turn out to be one of the best recruiting transfer windows for Newcastle in a long long time.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – epitomizes the new attitude in the Newcastle squad
The players are not only immediately committed to the Newcastle cause, but all five have shown some top form in their appearances to date – and they and the club, and the rest of the squad need to be complimented on helping the new lads have settled down so quickly.
Players like Yanga-Mbiwa and others have said they want to win the Europa League, and after the disappointment of losing out on two good goals by Papiss Cisse last thursday, we still managed to beat Metalist Kharkiv 1-0 last night, and that was only their second loss at home in their previous 10 European matches.
It was a great result, and some reports today have labeled it an historic win by this new-look Newcastle side.
Of course it will mean very little if we don’t win against Southampton on Sunday afternoon in front of a sold-out St. James’ Park, because the truth is that we are still in some relegation trouble, but nothing like a couple or three quick wins will not fix.
But with the skills and ambitions of our new players, coupled with those of players like Yohan Cabaye and Ben Arfa, there’s no real reason why Newcastle cannot start challenging for some trophies again – and maybe this season in the Europa League?
That would have been almost unthinkable a short few weeks ago.
But the way the lads have played in the last five games we wouldn’t put it past this current squad – not at all.
They were magnificent last night – fact!
Howay The Lads!!
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