One advantage that Newcastle have in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup, is that clubs in the Champions League do not have the League Cup as a high priority, and that’s true for Manchester City, so we should see a City second eleven out tomorrow night, but City will still be able to field a strong side.
Alan Pardew – the Cup is a priority
And while the Newcastle Board may not have the local Cups as a priority for Newcastle, because the Premier League is where the big money is, and that’s where the Board want Alan Pardew to concentrate on.
And on the other hand, Alan Pardew himself and his players want to win a Cup is that’s possible.
This is what the Newcastle manager said today in the Mirror:
“Personally, the cup is a priority. If you have ever had a taste in the cup, and I have – although not so much in the League Cup – it gives you a real buzz and momentum, and I want to get that within the group as quickly as we can.
“I’m a football person. A sports person. If I was playing John McEnroe in tennis, I’d want to beat him. I’m not saying I would beat him but I’d give it a real go.
“I would be surprised if my players don’t have the same view. “I think the last three performances from us have been solid although we have not had three wins.”
“I have got to look within the group to find a team that I think can give us consistent results, so there are one or two I want to look at.
“You do make changes in these competitions, and you need a squad which has sufficient depth, and a good game-plan – especially against a Manchester City. We have that.”
“I think we’ve got all our offensive players fit at the moment and that gives me the chance to look at one or two and see if they can push on the door for Chelsea, because ultimately I want this team to improve.”
“Is squad big enough? Defensively, no. We are missing two, actually three, centre-halves. But offensively, I think we have good options and they are all fit, so that is a good side.”
Maybe that reference to a shortage of centre-backs will have Newcastle delve into the transfer market in January for a central defender.
One thing we have to realize is the most we can get out of Steven Taylor these days is at best half a season, because of all the injuries he keeps picking up.
We hope we can get through tomorrow night, but in all honesty that would be a surprise.
What do you think?