Alan Pardew gave his press conference today for the game at Aston Villa on Saturday, and the Newcastle manager came over very positively, and said that he thought he had a good side this season, even though Newcastle fans were very unhappy at not getting a marquis striker through the door during the summer.
Shola Ameobi – inspired by World Cup opportunity
Alan said that Yohan Cabaye has been training well this week, and is again being professional, after refusing to play in the first two league games of the season.
And when questioned about Loic Remy, Pardew said that Remy had been training extremely well this week, and had looked good, and that he had impressed his new colleagues with his good form.
On the injury side of things, it seems that all our players are fit for the game, and we think that has to be due to the work of Faye Downey, as the fitness consultant during the close season, and we hope Faye keeps involved throughout the season.
One of the big problems we had last season was all the injuries we had to a number of our top players, including Fab Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Yohan Cabaye, Ben Arfa and others.
The Newcastle manager also mentioned Shola Ameobi’s first International goal for Nigeria on Tuesday night against Burkina Faso, and it seems Shola is inspired by the possibility of appearing at the World Cup next summer in Brazil, so late in his career.
Alan Pardew also admitted there was competition for places all over the field, and that was mainly due to everybody being fit for Saturday’s game.
It was a lot of positive news from the Newcastle manager at the press conference, , but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and Newcastle need to get a good result at Villa Park on Saturday.
Then things could begin to look up on Tyneside.
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