After last night’s demolition job by Manchester City on what looked to be a frail Newcastle United side, we have to lower our expectations of how well we can do this season.
Alan Pardew on transfers – nothing for me to add
We were shocked Newcastle looked so poor, because on paper there were some good players in the black and white shirts, but of course the withdrawal of maybe our best player Yohan Cabaye, just before the game, was hardly the perfect preparation for what was always going to be a tough game.
Most fans after the game were furious, and when I went downstairs and told my wife Madeleine that we were torn apart and we could face another relegation fight this season she said – “don’t be daft – it’s only the first game.”
Words of wisdom from the spouse.
And of course that’s true, and even if we had played near to our best form last night, the likelihood was that we couldn’t take anything out of this game.
So there is no real need to panic and talk about demonstrations so early in this season, and that will not be a positive thing for the club, the players our the coaching staff.
Let’s keep supporting our players.
Of course we were all less than happy before the game because we are one of the few Premier League clubs who have not strengthened the squad this summer, and to think Newcastle still haven’t replaced Demba Ba, and there’s only 13 days to go in the transfer market is very worrisome, to say the least.
And Alan Pardew didn’t have any good news on the transfer front after the game last night, when he was asked about transfers:
“There is nothing for me to immediately add,” “But it is a situation we need to look at very closely.
“It’s fair to say that any team that comes to Man City isn’t going to look great. I include all the top teams in that.”
“City have some top talent. We had some real blows before the game before it even kicked off.”
Things were buzzing an hour before the game last night when the squad was announced, and there no Yohan Cabaye, and of course with Arsenal making a bid for the player – the two things had to be linked.
But we suppose if Cabaye’s head has been turned we should sell him – but only if Newcastle can get the right price for him.
But whether he will play on Saturday is an open question – but Pardew will probably prepare the side assuming he doesn’t have Cabaye available – so he doesn’t withdraw again at the last minute.
Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley needs to get going in this transfer market while we still have the chance to straighten the squad -0 so far this summer we’ve looked a little pathetic.
And it’s a good question as to what Joe Kinnear has been doing in the nine weeks he has been Newcastle’s new transfer supremo – because he has precious little to show for his efforts.
Get gong Joe – please - even if you have to wrestle Mike Ashley to the floor to get some money out of him.
Now there’s a thought.
What do you think?
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