Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino has made Southampton into an almost unrecognizable team from what he took over last January, and now the Saints are a good-looking side who play good football and work their socks off, and quickly close down the opposition when they don’t have the ball – and they could even be playing in Europe next season.
Shola Ameobi – Saints will beat a lot of sides this season
Newcastle managed a 1-1 draw on Saturday against them, but we did miss a number of glaring scoring opportunities, which if we had taken, would have given us our 6th win in seven games, but it wasn’t to be.
Shola Ameobi missed one of the chances, and he had this to say in the local press today:
“Southampton will beat a lot of sides this season, the way they play so we did well to come away a point against them.”
“We are focused on where we are and it would have been nice to get a few more ahead of them.”
“They won’t be too far outside the European places the way they are playing. So if we finish above them at least, it will have been a good season, probably.”
We’ll have to see how the rest of the season goes, but if Newcastle do end up with a place in Europe, it’s going to be interesting to see what the club does in the transfer market in the summer – and next month for that matter.
We cannot go through another season like last season, when our squad just wasn’t big enough (or good enough), and we were hit hard by injuries.
It’s difficult playing two games a week, but if we are going to become a top club again we’ll need to get used to that – and after all we were competing in Europe during the Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan days, and Newcastle still did well in the league.
Hopefully if we do repeat our exploits of two years ago then owner Mike Ashley will open up the Newcastle wallet and get some good players through the door, that will allow us to compete in Europe and the Premier League – and do well in both – like we used to do.
That’s the hope.
What do you think?
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