It’s never easy to play for Newcastle, and it’s never easy to support Newcastle – and there’s no better example of that than what’s happened this season, after we finished 5th last season.
Moussa Sissoko – can become a great player for Newcastle
To be fighting relegation again, like we were doing in 2009, was a complete nightmare – but it’s good to get to safety.
But it’s a bit like knocking your head against the wall a lot of times and then stopping – and you feel a lot better.
We are looking forward to the summer and next season, and one area of optimism is the five new Frenchmen we brought in during January – they all look good players and they will be better for the fiery baptism they have endured over the last four months as Newcastle players.
Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Massadio Haidara will all be much better players for Newcastle next season – that’s almost a certainty.
Yohan Cabaye has talked about the new recruits and how the pre-season will help them:
“You never know in football, but the new French players will have more time to prepare in the pre-season and that is important.” “That will help all of us because next season, they will have had more experience in the Premier League.”
“It’s very difficult to adapt quickly, especially if you’re moving in January.” “It was a new league for those players, and a new type of football. We will have more time to prepare now.”
“Hopefully, we will have a good pre-season, a tough pre-season that will make sure we are fit for next year.” “I think we have good quality in the team, and we can certainly be much higher in the league table.”
Of the five new players, maybe Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran have down the best, and certainly they’ve been the most consistent.
Moussa Sissoko can be a huge player for Newcastle, but went into a little bit of a slump after a great start, and Mathieu Debuchy has made his mistakes, including giving away two daft penalties.
Young Haidara has gained the immediate support of the fans, after that terrible Callum McManaman challenge at Wigan, but to his credit, he came back well – and seems to have a great temperament, and he can turn into a top class left back for the club.
So while the season has been a disaster there is some optimism for the future – and our five new Frenchmen are part of that.
Note – I’ve been told there’s going to be a minute’s applause for Steve Harper in the 37th minute of the game on Sunday – that’s his number – and it’s in appreciation of Steve’s 20 years at the club and all he’s done for Newcastle – we should be 2-0 up by then too – please pass this on to those attending the game on Sunday.
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