Who would have though that we’d get a full 6 points out of our games with Chelsea and Tottenham in the last two games and not concede a goal, and to think we did that without the likes of Fab Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Steven Taylor in the starting line-up.
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa covering Roberto Soldado yesterday
So it seems as though things are starting to change at Newcastle and we now have real competition for places in most areas of the side, and that’s paying off big time with some excellent performances coming from the likes of Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Cheick Tiote, whose starting positions are under pressure from other players.
Competition for places pushes players to be at their very best in every game, because they know a poor game and they could be out of the starting line-up in the next game.
As we mentioned this morning too, January is a good time to bring in another two or three good players to further add to the competition for places, and who knows – we may even be able to have a decent season again.
It will be interesting to see if we do bring in some new players in January, and it will help us gauge the ambitions of owner Mike Ashley and Director of Football Joe Kinnear.
Here’s hoping they do the same as last January, especially since we brought only Loic Remy in on loan in the summer – but of course he’s been just fantastic in Newcastle colors so far this season.
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