Newcastle take on Morecambe this evening in the second round of the Capital One Cup, and manager Alan Pardew will give chances to his fringe players, and he has warned them they will need to take their chance.
Last season Newcastle were let down by a number of their younger players and fringe players, and one reason only Vurnon Anita, Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano were bought in last summer, was that Newcastle thought their young players were better than they turned out to be.
When the lads did get their chance at Brighton & Hove Albion in the FA Cup third round tie last January, they failed miserably and so another chance comes up tonight at the Globe Arena.
And with Colo being rested Alan Pardew told the local papers today that Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa will lead out Newcastle tonight:
“Mapou will captain the team tonight. In the future it is good.” “He has those qualities and we want to use them.”
Mapou seems like a born leader, and he could become a future Newcastle captain if he can come to grips with the pace and physical nature of the English Premier League, which he’s acclimatizing to at the moment.
And the best chance Newcastle have of winning a trophy for the first time since 1969 is in the Capital Cup, but we have to ensure we play strong enough sides to get through each round.
Alan Pardew talked about the Capital One Cup, but the manager again stressed the importance of the Premier League (where all the money is):
“We all know that the Premier League has gone up a level in terms of finance.” “It blows this out of the water in terms of finance and how important that is to the football club.”
“Winning a trophy for our fans is something we are well aware of.” “Trust me – nobody wants to win a trophy more than me.” “But it is not of greater importance than the Premier League – I’m sorry it’s not.”
“It is not going to be our first team – make no bones about that.” “But it’s a team that should beat Morecambe and it is a team of senior Newcastle United footballers, they should win, that’s it.”
It’s difficult to know what team Alan will field but here’s a possible starting eleven:
Santon Williamson Yanga-Mbiwa (c) Dummett
Marveaux Anita Gosling Ameobi (Sa)
Ameobi (Sh) Vuckic
And Alan Pardew is making the players aware that they have to produce tonight, and the last thing we want is another embarrassing defeat in a local Cup competition – we’ve had too many of those since Alan Pardew took over as manager.
This is what Alan said about the fringe players who will line up for Newcastle tonight:
“We’ve brought them here.” “Now they have to justify it.” “In view of that it is a mixed bag of experienced players and people who need to step up.”
“I hope that the fans can see players out there that they don’t always see a lot of.” “I hope they see people they warm to and that they can see why players like that were brought to the football club.”
“We have paid a lot of money for some of these players.” “I thought last year some of their performances didn’t warrant their price tags.” “I am looking to one or two of this team to show me that they should be in the squad because it is a big, big game for this football club.”
We have had some good news today that Newcastle are back in for Bafetimbi Gomis, and we are also in talks with Chelsea on the possibility of bringing Demba Ba to the club on loan next season, and that could be followed up with even more good news tonight (for a change) if the lads can win at Morecambe.
And we saw from last night’s results that it’s never easy to win these games to lower league sides, especially when they are on the road.
A win tonight and signing Bafe Gomis tomorrow is exactly what the doctor ordered to improve the mood on Tyneside, which is not good at the moment.
We hope things will start looking up for Newcastle starting tonight.
Let us know how you think the game will go.
And what team would you start tonight.
Howay The Lads!!
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