The Bigger Newcastle Get – The Harder It Will Be

If Newcastle are going to become a bigger and better club in the next few seasons, then some of our good players who cannot make the starting line-up,  will need to become patient, because it will become harder and harder for every player to get a start at Newcastle.

Alan Pardew at Rangers shouting

Alan Pardew – the same thing happened to me

That’s the way it is at big clubs like the two Manchester clubs, Chelsea and Arsenal, and just ask Demba Ba, who has seen precious little playing time for Chelsea his season, but it was great to see the former Newcastle striker get his first league goal of the season against Southampton on Sunday.

And as far as we could tell, Ba looked as good as ever – he’s just not getting anywhere near the playing time he got on Tyneside.

Loic Remy – please take note.

Alan Pardew is now having to deal with good players coming to him and asking for a game – and we hope that continues – because it would mean the team are performing very well.

This is some of what Alan said today in the local press:

“I just give them examples of what they have done for the club.” “When you are in the position of having won four games I ask them, would you like to be left out? They accept that, but they are just frustrated and I have no problem with that.”

“I’ve had it all my career. I’ve had it as a player as well when I’ve been in and out of the team so I know what it feels like.”  “That’s one of the beauties of playing the game. You do get an empathy with players when they are in this type of situation.”

“When the first team are training and playing well, you might be doing well but you can’t get in the team.” “It has always been like that and the bigger the club, the more problems you get.”

“It is a different set of problems from when you win to when you lose, but I’d rather be winning so they are the sort of problems I don’t mind.” “I don’t mind players knocking on my door and I’d take it as a real negative if they didn’t.”

Pardew will give some players a start tomorrow night, who have not played too much this season, and of course we have a tough game at Old Trafford on Saturday, so he’ll need to rest some of our players.

We would expect Yanga-Mbiwa and Vurnon Anita to definitely get a start tomorrow night, but who else may come in will be interesting.

What would your team be for tomorrow night?

Comments welcome.

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