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This Is A Huge Advantage For Newcastle

9:19 am, Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 9 Comments

Alan Pardew had a complete squad to choose from last Saturday, and as we said at the time, it’s very rare that any Premier League side has a full complement of players available for any game.

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Faye Downey – Newcastle Fitness Director
Yes – she looks fit enough


Of course it helps that we are not in Europe this season, where the extra games can stress a squad, which they certainly did to Newcastle last season, when we just were completely unable to handle two games a week.

And we always thought the appointment of Faye Downey as Fitness Director was a great move by the club, after all of last season’s injuries, and her knowledge, ability and experience seem to be paying off for Newcastle.

And it seems that Alan Pardew will again be spoiled for choice on Saturday against West Brom, which is the late Premier League game, and being televised live around the world on TV.

Something must be going right at Newcastle, when you have players like Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Vurnon Anita, Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse are not in the starting line-up at the moment.

Not being in Europe gives us some advantages of course, because sometimes the top clubs will be playing in Europe the Wednesday before the Newcastle game, and that will and has helped us this season.

And if this run of form is not just a flash in the pan, and we manage to qualify for Europe sometime soon, like this season or next season, we just must learn from our mistakes of last term, and ensure the squad is big enough and good enough to play in Europe.

But at least at the moment things are going well for Newcastle, and certainly we don’t have nearly the number of injuries we had last season.

That should help us against West Brom on Saturday, and another win in that game would be unbelievable.

Did I make it clear a fourth win in a row would be fantastic?

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Tags: Coaching · European Competition · Injuries · Premier League



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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 martoon // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Ed, I don’t want to split hairs but surely Ryan Taylor counts as a first team player not available at the moment.

  • 2 Ginger // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    She’s brilliant. If we can get in Europe I hope she can do it again next year.

    But I don’t think Cabaye or Krul will leave. I don’t think anybody can meet what we value for them.

  • 3 cyprus // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Been reading last few posts…
    Nothing on last night’s game? Did you miss it Ed? Anyways, two TOP goals from Shane Long, one of them would have been candidate for goal of the season if it hadn’t been for that Fulham dude. WBA are a pretty decent outfit, but, as A Villa proved, they can capitulate when harried and put under pressure. When the AV coach put in 3 substitutes (all top players) in one go, it was bold and it worked. Our coaches and players need to watch that game. it showed the best and worst of WBA.

  • 4 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Who cares who might leave in summer?! Players come and go but I care about the club and how the team are playing now. I can’t believe that some fans are so miserable that, when things are going well, they instead start to speculate on potential negative things that might happen!

    Let’s see what happens this season and then we can look at the summer.

    And for the neggers…the only players we have sold that we didn’t necessarily want to were Carroll, Enrique and Ba.

  • 5 cyprus // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    We must not pair Willo-Colo for WBA, because they will be outpaced for sure. One or the other it must be. Mbiwa, Santon, Debi have the necessary pace.

    Who are WBA really dangerous players?

    1. The REAL Amalfitano. Santon must be at his best with him. Perhaps Dummett would be more close to him.
    2. Mulumbu: Big and strong, dominated MF. Will be too much for Cabs, Sissoko to ‘bully’ him?
    3. Long: see his goals. Sessegnon: missed a sitter, will be fired up to make amends. I predict he will score, if you are a betting man.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    TDS

    and carroll got silly money. enrique had one year left and wouldn’t resign and ba ad release clause which was only way to get him to sign up to contract.

    Cyprus

    I think we should bid for long in january, they tried to sell him in the summer to hull. He has pace, good finish, decent in the air, works his socks off….perfect Pardew player.

  • 7 ToonDarnSarf // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    TS

    Exactly. We know the club will only sell our top players if they have to or if the deal is too good to turn down.

    The only concern is that if a couple of key players leave, is JFK capable of bringing in the right replacements.

    But I really don’t think people should be worrying about what might happen…

  • 8 martoon // Nov 26, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    cyprus @3 I’d be surprised if we did not have somebody there last night making notes maybe even JFK as he seems to be scouting these days. And like I said earlier I’m sure Steve Clarke didn’t tell his team to sit back in the second half – this is what makes football so exciting and unpredictable.

  • 9 north east lincs toon // Nov 26, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Wow she’s tidy sausage time lads!




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