Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has said today that he’s not worried about the fitness of Papiss Cisse, and the Senegal captain is in good shape, and will make the first league game of the season at Manchester City on Monday night, 19th August.
Cisse and Pardew – I told you to hit the ball into the back of the net!
That’s the main thing, and it will be interesting to see who will be playing up front with him in that game, as Newcastle continue struggle to bring in their transfer targets this summer.
But at least we’ll have Papiss next season, and that was the great news on Thursday – this is what Alan Pardew told the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s been resolved and I am very , very pleased it has.” “Papiss is in good physical condition. So it his absence from Portugal won’t affect his season.”
“I’m going to keep four or five players back to work on fitness.” “But I’ll be taking a good team to Blackpool. I am pleased with the work we did last week in Portugal.”
“We have worked hard. We have had no injuries so far, and as the days go by the better that is for us.” “Blackpool are just two weeks away from the start of their season.”
“They are 10 days ahead of us in terms of work.” “I think that will show too. They are at a good level.” “But we are working hard and this will be a good test for us.”
The Championship start their season two weeks ahead of the Premier League, so the first game is next Saturday – August 3rd, so we expect Blackpool will be a lot sharper than our lads (do we use that as an excuse if we lose?), but we still need to see a good performance out of the team.
We keep saying the results don’t matter in pre-season, but notice we only say that when we lose. 😀
We noticed Arsenal have won all four of their games on their far East tour, and of course wins breeds a winning mentality – so it’s always nice to win games, and that’s true in mid-season as well.
It will be interesting to see how Tom Ince plays against us tomorrow at Blackpool (3:00 pm kick off), and Tom is supposed to be a Newcastle target this summer, but whether that is true we have no idea – but he’s a very good young player.
And Tom is the son of former great Paul Ince, who is now the Blackpool manager, after replacing Michael Appleton last February.
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