Buying five Frenchmen in January seemed a bit of a panic move by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley, but it was done to keep Newcastle’s place in the Premier League intact, and it worked, although only just.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - started the season well
But the trials and tribulations the new Frenchmen went through last season, seems to be playing dividends this season with Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko all first team starters, and Yoan Gouffran is pushing strongly for a first team starting position, and of course Yoan hit the winner last Saturday at Villa Park, his fourth goal for the club.
And the manager started in an attacking 4-3-3 formation at Villa Park last Saturday, and it was obvious from the first whistle the goal was to win the game, and even after Aston Villa equalized in the second half, we still came back to get a great 3 points.
Alan Pardew has talked today in the local press, and it’s about how some of the new players are starting to blossom:
“We were under pressure last year and it did affect us, especially our new boys like Sissoko, Mapou and Mathieu.” “Now that has all gone we are seeing the best of them.” “We are starting to see those players blossom a bit.”
“It is certainly contributing to the better look to the team we have.” “I think this year – more so than when we finished fifth – it is going to be difficult in the next four or five weeks for our fans to decide what our best team is.”
“There are really close lines this year.” “For example, Cheick Tiote and Anita are closer in terms of competition.” “Dummett and Davide Santon are, Jonas and Sammy Ameobi are, and Gouffran, Remy and Papiss Cisse too.”
“At the minute we might be comfortable with the team but it can evolve still.” “I know it will make for a good debate for our fans in the pub.” “Hopefully, it is a debate where people can think we can improve the team rather than change things in order for us to get out of trouble.”
“That is how it was last year.” “It was, how we going to get out of this or how will we score goals?” “Now it is about what will get us the win or the draw.”
Pardew is hoping for a good turn-out tomorrow as the mood on Tyneside has improved with two league wins on the trot, and it looks as though there will be over 50,000 at the game, to roar on the lads to another victory – hopefully.
And there should be some good performances from those who start the game tomorrow, because they are all under pressure to keep their places, as our squad is definitiely stronger than it was last year at this time.
What do you think?
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