Basically Newcastle sold Yohan Cabaye during the January transfer window and didn’t replace him, and that will hit Newcastle through the end of the season, and while we thought Newcastle could perhaps challenge for a top six position, that will be very difficult now.
Gabby Obertan – will get some playing time
And Alan Pardew has said today some strange things, and he mentions four players who have been on the periphery of the Newcastle team this season, but now they seem to have become important players.
This is what Alan gold the Shields Gazette today:
“Hatem and Sammy Ameobi – and Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan, to a degree – are going to have to give us some more creative flair”
“What I did fear was missing Yohan’s quality, and I was buoyed by the performance of Hatem and Sammy.” “We’ll have to progress with what we’ve got.”
“I don’t think there’ll be a problem with the team spirit, but results have an impact on that. “We’ve got to try to keep the same form we’ve had up to now until the end, and see if we can finish eighth or above.”
“Sometimes you’ll be surprised to see how players react,” “They were sad to see him go – we all were – because he’s a great player and a great person.”
“But on the other hand, we wish him well.” “He’s got a transfer to a huge club with Champions League football. We wish him well.”
We’ll just remind readers that PSG were a smaller club than Newcastle until July of 2011 when they were bought by a Qatar consortium, and in the last two financial years their revenues have gone up by 3.5 tines due to lots of Qatar companies investing in the side with lavish commercial deals..
Newcastle fans will not be too excited about Marveaux and Obertan providing the new flair, but Ben Arfa and Sammy will now get their chance and they both looked great on Tuesday night.
But remember that Alan Pardew has been put in an unfortunate position (again) by the ineptitude of those handling the transfers into and out of the club, and he has a weakened hand to play for the rest of the season.
Alan has got little choice but to carry on, and we suppose he could bitch and moan about what’s happened – but that ‘s not his style and that’s to his credit, and it rarely does any good in any case.
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