Given the money four of the teams above us in the league – Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool – have spent on their players over the last few years, there’s just no way Newcastle should be challenging those teams at the top of the Premier League, but we are and that’s down to some great buys Newcastle have made over the last couple of years in the transfer market – and mainly from France – and the main credit for that has to go to Chief Scout Graham Carr.
Graham Carr - helped bring some great players into the club
Six Frenchman started the game yesterday for Newcastle against Stoke, and three of them scored – Loic Remy got two to take his haul to 10 goals for the season, Yoan Gouffran scored to make his personal total 7, and Yohan Cabaye scored his 5th goal of the season, and it was great to see Papiss Cisse smash home that late penalty for his first PL goal, and his second goal overall of the season.
Next up for Newcastle are league leaders Arsenal on Sunday, and Alan Pardew has talked about the top London side, who paid out £42.5M on just one player – Mesut Ozil – in the summer, and that’s more than Newcastle have paid out over many seasons in the transfer market on all their players.
Arsenal have never finished out of the top four since manager Arsene Wenger took over way back in 1996, and this is what Alan Pardew said today:
“It is a difficult game for both of us, so let’s see how we match up.” “We have depth and a lot of quality and we are working very hard.”
“We are difficult to beat.” “Our fans want to win things, which we have not been near for years.” “It is nice to have a team which is competitive.”
It’s better than nice to have a good team – it’s simply great – and let’s also give some credit to Alan Pardew and the players, because they have completely turned things around over the last 9 games with a fantastic 7 wins and 22 points – that deserves credit whoever the manager is.
Even those fans who don’t rate Alan Pardew and want him out of the club, should give him credit.
Well – maybe not.
Howay the Lads!!
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