We had mentioned yesterday that once Ben Arfa comes back in the squad for Saturday’s game at Swansea, there will be a number of very good players at Newcastle who will not even make the substitutes bench such is the strength of the Newcastle squad, after we brought in five Frenchmen last month.
Alan Pardew – in the Ukraine last week
That contrasts with how Alan’s squad was over the last few months when the bench was full of youngsters without much experience in top class football, and a lot of those lads are now out on loan getting some first team experience, and we reported that Sammy Ameobi is off to Middlesbrough for the rest of the season.
This is what Alan Pardew said about his squad now:
“Those stats start to improve when you’ve got a good team.” “The media hang them around your neck but look at our bench – it was so strong.”
“We’ve not had a bench like that until the last three or four weeks and it’s made a big difference to us.” “Yohan Cabaye gets dizzy and comes off, we bring on Vurnon Anita and James Perch. We’ve got quality coming off the bench.”
“And if we needed a goal we had Shola Ameobi and Sylvain Marveaux in there, ready to pounce, and Gabby Obertan, so we just look so much better. There are so many more options for myself.”
“Our fans were great. The idea from upstairs, the French day, took a bit of edginess from the crowd, relaxed us, and the team played relaxed.” “A goal behind, we didn’t panic and our quality came through.”
And it was good to see that Rob Elliot played well after coming in for Tim Krul – who met with an ankle specialist yesterday, and while there is no official prognosis been released on his injury, he’s probably going to be out for about four weeks, and it’s a big chance for Rob.
Rob Elliot will have done well if when Tim Krul is fit again he cannot get back into the side – and that’s what we need and almost have at Newcastle these days – competition for every place in the team.
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