Pardew – These Three Players Have Lifted Newcastle Massively

FC Anzhi Makhachkala are managed by Guus Hiddink, the famous Dutch manager, who has managed 13 different sides, and he was the PSV, Holland, Real Madrid, South Korea, Australia, Russia and Chelsea manager – to name a few –  and his current club are the favorites to beat Newcastle in the round of the last 16, and get through to the quarter finals of the Europa League competition.

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Yohan Cabaye – Newcastle’s best player and future captain?

Of course Newcastle and Alan Pardew may have something to say about that, and the Magpies manager will put out a strong side in Moscow on Thursday night, but also have his starting side for the home game against Stoke City on Sunday, also worked out.

This is what Alan Pardew told the local press today:

“It would be massive if we could beat this team.” “They are a really strong side.” “It’s really now down to the stage where every team left in that Europa League now is focusing on it probably as their primary objective.”

“I can’t think of too many clubs in it for whom it’s not at the top of their agenda.” “There’s now a real focus on that competition.” “Yohan Cabaye has been the most influential player we have had on return, closely followed by Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko.”

“Those three really have lifted the club massively.”

It’s interesting that he’s essentially picked out Newcastle’s top three players of late, and there will not be too much argument from fans with Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Moussa Sissoko being named.

Moussa Sissoko has made an excellent start to his Newcastle career, and certainly hit the ground running in late January – just as the manager had ordered.

Moussa and  the other four French players that signed for us in January have come into the club and settled down very quickly, and all five have put in some excellent performances for the side so far.

And that augers very well for next season – that’s for sure – and Pardew will have a whole pre-season to get them playing in the style he wants for next season.

And of course Yohan Cabaye is Newcastle’s outstanding player once again – and Steven Taylor has been in the best form of his career lately – and we have to keep this lad fit.

And we wonder which will be the first top club to come after Moussa Sissoko, he’s just so good, but if we can keep our best players this summer, we must stand a very good chance of another top six finish next season.

But first of all we have to beat Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night – with the game kicking off early – at 5:00 pm Newcastle time.

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13 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Mar 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #1

    I would put gouffran with Saylor and Sissoko

  • bollance

    Mar 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2


    After spurs game and shin gash gouffran has not been as good. Hopefully he can regain his form.

    Prior to being injured he tracked back more, won the ball and had more energy going forward. We need to see an improvement vs stoke.

  • blew

    Mar 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    Key players have to be rested on Thursday, relegation is an issue and we cant afford injuries to top men.
    Hope broken brain realises this when selecting his squad

  • santonthenewmaldini

    Mar 5, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    @Spuggy he probably had the fear factor he was going to get snapped again and watch as the referee done nothing about it Walker did not even get a warning!!!

    That’s another thing we have been getting accused of being bully boys against Swansea but Spurs kicked us up and down the place and we never complained in the press!!

    Would love us to beat Anzhi but its going to be tough Eto used to be one of my favourite when he played for Barcelona just hope he is past it now!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #5

    And just t think had we not have been staring relegation in the face Sissokho wouldnt have even been here, thats got ambition written all over it.

  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #6

    It’s astro turf ! You’ll be saying next that Anzhi have a twin strike force of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 5, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #7

    You obviously don’t know your revelutionary leaders,Guevara was killed in action years ago and Fidel Castro is almost an invalid.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 5, 2013 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #8

    Dunno where people have got this idea that Anzhi have a poor defence from? They are very solid and very organised! No guus hiddink side has ever had a bad defence! Theyve only conceded one goal at home in europa league so far and won every game! Mammoth task for the lads, hope no one will jump on the team/managers back if we dont get a result because Anzhi are a top top team with great players and a world class manager

  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Gouffran has struggled on stamina grounds. Taylor played well on Saturday but I reserve judgement until he has played consistently at a high performance level.

  • carl

    Mar 5, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Their defence is the strongest part of the team. Liverpool struggled to create against them over two legs.

  • AmericanGeordie

    Mar 5, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #11

    I would add Debuchy to the list of the FOUR players (along side Cabaye, Taylor & Sissoko) who have made the biggest difference in Newcatle’s play this past month.

  • Anita Go PeePee

    Mar 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeh, Debuchy is probably the highest quality player over recent weeks’ performances, however, he hasn’t made as much DIFFERENCE to the team as the return of cabaye or the introduction of Sissoko and Gouffran, who’ve added pace, power, creativity and flair to a side that was almost entirely lacking in those key attributes. But overall, the side as a unit looks much more dangerous at one end and solid at the other. All we need to do now is get Ben Arfa back on the pitch and a replacement for Cisse asap!

  • Diggedydaws

    Mar 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Santon@ 4

    Reason Walker was never warned was because it was a follow through when he won the ball, it was innocuous.

    Whether we signed the french lads in the window just gone or not, it was as much a statement of intent as anything. Ashley wants us to be competing up the top end, no doubt in my mind about it.


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