Things Looking Up At Newcastle These Days

Cheick Tiote had one of his better games against Southampton on Sunday afternoon, and he will need to keep up his good form with Vurnon Anita showing against Metalist Kharkiv, that he can get the job done in defensive midfield, and he’s improving as he’s getting used to the more physical play in England.

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Cheick Tiote – glad squad is now much stronger

Cheick had a temperature just before the game last Thursday night, and so Anita was drafted in at the last moment and had a stellar game, and will have done his first team chances no harm at all with that performance.

And Cheick Tiote is willing to fight for his place and is pleased the squad has been significantly strengthened last month, and he had this to say today in the Shields Gazette:

“The manager made some good decisions to buy new players – this has helped us.” I think we’ll all be able to work well together, and I think we have a great chance to win a lot of games.”

“When you look at the list of games there are plenty of chances to win, if we work hard.” “We’re happy with the squad we have here.” “Everybody gets on well here, and we’re looking forward to the rest of the season.”

“Things are looking a lot stronger and everybody must fight for their place.” “We can go for Europe – we want to go as far as possible in the Europa League.”

Newcastle have a tough trip to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and then we have a Europa League tie against FC Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia on the following Thursday, and then we entertain Stoke City on the following Sunday – that game having been put back yesterday by one day, because of our European exploits.

So Alan Pardew will again be able to use his full squad in trying to get wins in those two games, just like we did in the last week.

A lot of the games coming up for Newcastle are winnable and we could surprise ourselves by how far we can get in the Europa League this season, and how far we can move up that league table before the end of the season.

But both those targets mean we have to win games rather than just draw them – especially in the league.

We wouldn’t put it past this new Newcastle side to do just great in all our remaining games – and certainly things are looking up at Newcastle these days.

Howay The lads!!

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13 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s nice to see some positivity in both the players and fans, but there seem to be some very negative comments on the blog today? Have I missed something?

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Ibiza and Co , does Santon have many assists ? More than I’m thinking of? I think Haidara will take over at left back unless Santon improves defensively. Pardews cautious mindset will assist in that happening I reckon.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #3


    Santon has a few but not a huge amount I dont think…but saying that the top assissting fullback is leighton baines but after that in the league the next best only has 4 I think so most fullbacks don’t get many, just assist the winger and give him more room.

    I’d like to see Santon further forward, he has a decent shot (might get more chances further forward) and beats people well.

    I’d like to see him tried like Bale was at spurs, might not work but worth a go I think…especially in europe.

  • Munster Mag

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Problem is the right foot. I think its a major issue in terms of balance etc.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #5


    Yeh Santon is too heavily right footed, he can use his left but not as two footed as was reported when he first signed for us.

  • Assam Toon

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #6

    With european football much less likely next season, it will be quite a task to keep the quality in our bench motivated. I hope we have extended domestic cup runs, for a change. League cup is our most optimistic chance of winning silver ware….
    I wonder what everyone think of our europa prospects? winning against anzi is crucial because our focus is still divided between it and the EPL. but with 40 points in the bag, we could have and should direct all out attention to europa

  • Black and White with an army lol

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    if santon was bought up to LW i think he would be class he could be like king ben, he can hold the ball, run with the ball, cut inside and cross seems to me he’s an natural at the wing on either sides

  • wolfshead@toon

    Feb 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #8

    sage you said bale will be off to man u? they are courting ronnie again arent they

  • corkypants85

    Feb 27, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    TS:-we had this convo bout santon months ago think he would make a better winger than lb didnt he start his career as a winger?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Feb 27, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #10

    It seems that there has been a slight shift of priorities of late within the club. EL not seen as such a distraction but more an opportunity to end this season on a high, which is great.

    Munster…Good point. Haidera seems to be a solid defender who is also good at getting forward. Santon, whilst a great talent, does need to work on his game. He is also young with plenty of time to reach his potential. I’m not sure who will win the LB spot, but I would like both players to reach said potential at Newcastle, that’s for sure.

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #11


    Yeh thats what papers are saying.

    It’s just a feeling they will go for Bale, I think they will get one of them but don’t know which.

  • toonincheek

    Feb 27, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s certainly going to be difficult to keep everyone happy next year.
    But –
    We can play stronger teams in both cups and have a long run in both, giving more playing opportunities.

    Even if we win the Europa Cup, I don’t think that qualifies us for next year.
    I may be wrong about that – anyone know for sure?

  • St.Toonitic

    Feb 27, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Europa winners qualify for the Europa group stage


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