The worrying thing for Newcastle fans at the moment is that the team looks only a shadow of the side that won seven games in nine before the turn of the year, and since then we have lost 11 of our last 16 league games and failed to score in 12 of them, and with Loic Remy and possibly Mathieu Debuchy leaving in the summer – where does that leave us for next season?
Loic Remy – back on Saturday – hopefully
Certainly the summer transfer window is going to be an important one for the club, but Newcastle are just not the force they once were, so we’ll just have to wait and see what good players we can still attract to the club.
Indeed the news Newcastle have made this year has been mostly bad – because of our very poor run and also because of manager Alan Pardew’s mad antics at Hull City.
The only thing the side can do is prepare well for the next game – at home to relegation threatened Swansea on Saturday, and it looks like Loic Remy will finally be back, although he seems very cautious to play unless he is absolutely 100% fit.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today:
“I know the fans were unhappy that we haven’t scored, and we haven’t won.” “There’s no doubt we lack a bit of flair and creativity in the final third.”
“But it got better as the game went on, and hopefully it will improve against Swansea.”
“It was a shame they got a fluke goal, because we were starting to commit people and hurt them on the break,”
“The goal was a real killer for us. I thought we put in an honest performance.” “I think we’ll have one or two back for Saturday – I hope so.”
Maybe Mathieu Debuchy is also ready to make a comeback – and both injured Frenchmen have been out since they picked up their injuries playing for France against Holland on March 5th.
Alan Pardew is under pressure also from some in the local press – especially the Chronicle, Journal and Sunday Sun – after he accused them of being against him last week and stirring things up before the 1-0 loss at Stoke.
That was a very bad (political) move for Alan to make, and a win on Saturday would be welcome – very welcome indeed for everybody concerned.
Maybe we can even get some luck in that game.