Newcastle have not particularly had a good summer so far, at least not in the transfer market, but there are a couple of very good things that have already happened.
Steven Taylor – we are fitter than last season
One is that Fab Coloccini has decided to stay on Tyneside, and that was a massive win for the club, but went a little unheralded.
And the other thing is hiring Faye Downey as a fitness consultant, and Faye will help in a couple of ways, there should be less injuries this season and so far so good, since we have had only one real injury in pre-season to Jonas Gutierrez.
And the team should also be fitter and therefore towards the end of tough games, we may be able to get a result because of that – we hope so anyway.
Steven Taylor talked about Newcastle being fitter for this coming season, when he talked to the Newcastle web-site yesterday.
“We’ve got Manchester City first game and hopefully we can catch them off guard.” “That’s what you want to play for – it’s the whole point of being a professional footballer. The big games are what we look forward to.
“I think what you’re going to find on Monday is a fitter Newcastle United team compared to last season, and hopefully we can show that and produce the goods on the pitch.
“As players, along with the manager and staff, we were disappointed with our performances last year. We didn’t hit the grade that we wanted to and hopefully this year we can hit the ground running, starting with Man City in the first game.”
It is not clear that Steven will be in the starting line-up on Monday night, with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa challenging hard to start alongside Coloccini in central defense.
And there was news yesterday that Newcastle were after 24 year-old Ajax Belgian International center-back Toby Alderweireld, who is said to be available for just £5M.
But we somehow cannot see Newcastle bringing Toby in until we have at least one more striker in the ranks.
At this point striker is still a weakness in this Newcastle side.
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