The Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has said today the Newcastle squad are now physically and mentally fit following the Sunderland debacle, although the manager seems a little worried about our current captain Yohan Cabaye.
Yohan Cabaye – under pressure
Yohan played last summer in the Euros for France, and he was one of their best players, but it was the first time he hadn’t had a full rest in the summer, and the Frenchman admitted that he had suffered a little from depression at the start of the season, mainly because his body was so tired.
And Pardew gave Yohan the captaincy, after Fabricio Coloccini did his back in at the end of February, when trying that (daft) overhead kick against Southampton, in the 4-2 win – and he’s been out of the side ever since.
Alan Pardew had this to say today about Yohan:
“Cabaye is probably my biggest worry. The rest of them are really sound physically and mentally.” “But Cabaye is our best player in terms of intelligence on the pitch and he needs to play. That’s why he has played almost every minute.”
Newcastle are five points above the drop zone, and we were humiliated last Sunday against Sunderland, who had amassed only three points in their previous nine games, but got their biggest win against Newcastle since 1979, in a result that has shocked and angered Newcastle fans.
And it didn’t help when the manager said after the game the players were exhausted, and it looked like a rather poor excuse for a devastating result.
But Newcastle fans deserve a good and courageous performance on Saturday at West Brom, and we still have to get six points to be safe in the Premier League this season.
So we hope Yohan is OK, and the lads certainly need our full support in the final five games of the season, and so does the manager Alan Pardew.
Calls for Pardew to be fired, with five important games still to go in the season may not be appropriate or timely at this time, since we are still fighting relegation.
Let’s support the side through the end of the season, and maybe we can then have a really good summer of transfers into and out of the club, and certainly from our results this season in the Premier League, that’s exactly what we seem to need.
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