The Newcastle squad at the moment is the best we’ve had in over ten years, since Sir Bobby Robson was managing the club with assistant manager John Carver, and it’s even better than the squad we had two years ago, when we finished 5th in the Premier League.
John Carver and Bobby Robson – circa 2003
In the last two years we’ve signed Vurnon Anita, Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko,Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara and Loic Remy on loan, and all those players are good, and four of them are regular starters this season.
We don’t expect Alan Pardew to make too many changes from the side that famously beat Manchester United 1-0 last weekend, but he has lots of options available to him at the moment, with every player fit, except Ryan Taylor:
“Southampton will be trying to second-guess what I’ll do,” “Whether they get it right, we’ll have to see.” “But certainly, the option I do have is to change it, if it’s not going well to a different way.”
“That’s always nice for a club to have.” “Some teams are very one-dimensional, so if it doesn’t work, there is nowhere to go.”
“But I think we’ve got at least two or three ways of going about a victory.” “I can change it quite quickly.”
One question is whether Alan will give a start to Ben Arfa, but we don’t think that will happen, but after the Frenchman’s fine energetic performance in the final 30 minutes at Old Trafford, we do expect the home supporters to get a glimpse of the mercurial one, at some point in the second half tomorrow afternoon.
What do you think?
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Note: South Shields local artist Robert Olley has a new painting out called “Derby Day Home” and it can be personalized so that any surname can be put on the striker’s shirt – the one scoring the goal – take a look.
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