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.
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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