The lead up to the important game at Villa Park on Saturday has started, as our players who were on International duty have now returned and are preparing for the game against Aston Villa, and Alan Pardew will have a few selection posers for the starting eleven, with a number of players now fit and ready to play.
Alan Pardew - has a few selection posers for Saturday
Alan Pardew was interviewed today, following the phenomenal scenes at last night’s Steve Harper testimonial, and he is telling Newcastle fans that we have a good side this season.
This is what Alan had to say:
“It is important to understand we have a good side.” “We spent £30M in the last window.” “And Sammy and Dummett are young players coming through.”
“The media and the fans reacted badly to the closure of the window.” (you can say that again) “The media and the fans reacted badly to the closure of the window.”
“But I think that we have a good side.” “Since Demba left we’ve lacked a player that increases our goal threat.” “Of all our players Loic does that with Papiss, Gouff and Shola to compliment that.”
“That other offensive player would have protected us a bit.” “I think Remy has enough in the tank to be considered for a start.” “Whether he can give us his best I doubt.” “He’s been a real gentleman around the place.”
“The signs for success are there.” “We have Cheick Tiote fit.” “That’s a competitive area for the team.” “For the first team in 14 months I have real competition in every area.”
So the manager is saying that we spent £30M in January on getting five French players through the door – Mathieu Debuchy, Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara and Yoan Gouffran – plus 17 year-old Kevin Mbabu.
The figure generally quoted for those players was around £18M, so we’re not sure where the other £12M comes from – although that’s not the first time the £30M figure has been mentioned.
And it’s true that we have more competition for places, and in fact Yohan Cabaye may not start at Villa Park on Saturday, because Vurnon Anita has played so well in Yohan’s absence.
And Anita is a typical Ajax Academy graduate – Vurnon’s skillful and very efficient in the way he plays the game – and it’s good to see the 24 year-old coming through this season.
And Alan Pardew will want to start Moussa Sissoko who adds power to Newcastle’s central midfield, so when you add in Cheick Tiote to the bunch, there are four very good players challenging for central midfield, and Dan Gosling has also looked good in pre-season too.
Alan will also have to decide between Yanga-Mbiwa and Steven Taylor for center-back, but it’s hard to see the manager leaving out the Frenchman, who has played so well alongside Colo in the last two league games.
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