Alan Pardew had his press conference today for the game at Swansea on Wednesday where we lost 1-0 last season, but played well. And the Newcastle manager is now facing the dilemma that every good club have where there is tremendous competition for places, and that is to ensure his top players see some playing time fairly regularly.
Alan Pardew - injuries will come
Top players like Hatem Ben Arfa, Steven Taylor, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse and Sylvain Marveaux are all wondering when they will get their next game at Newcastle, and as we reported earlier today, they have been knocking on Alan’s door asking to play in the side.
“I would not call them fringe players by any stretch of the imagination, I would class them as first team players who are out of the team at the minute. We will need to freshen it up and change it from game to game because there are so many games.”
“Injuries will come, there is no doubt about that, we I think are in a little better position to cope since I’ came here three years ago, and I hope that is proven.” “Mike Williamson has shown if you get the opportunity, and take it, I will show faith and you will stay in the team.”
“It is the same for Hatem and Steven Taylor. It is frustrating but Steven is blocked in. Mapou has done unbelievably well and he got left out but he has been terrific.”
“They have just got to hope the chance comes and then you take it. You have to work hard on the training ground so you are ready because they will get the call.”
As Alan says above, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has been extremely unlucky to lose his place in the side, because he has been outstanding for Newcastle when he’s played over the last several games.
And not surprisingly, Alan said the game at Swansea will be a tough game, and that he would love to extend the winning streak, which would be great – but he did say he didn’t want to lose the game, like we did last season at the Liberty Stadium bu a score of 1-0.
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