Newcastle United put in a good display this afternoon, and won the last pre-season game against Real Sociedad, with a good team goal from Moussa Sissoko, after Gabby Obertan had done some great work down the right wing.
Daryl Janmaat – has looked good in pre-season
And one man who has looked very impressive in the two games he has played for Newcastle is Daryl Janmaat, and the 25 year-old Holland International thinks Newcastle are ready for the start of the Premier League next weekend.
It was Daryl’s home debut for Newcastle, and when he was replaced after 84 minutes, the Newcastle crowd gave the Dutchman some warm applause as he left the field, and they seemed to have liked what they saw from our new right-back.
This is what Daryl said after the game:
“We have a good squad.” “We’re ready for next week. We played well today, the second half was better than the first.”
“The second half was good. “Now we have to train this week well and be ready for Man City.”
And it’s fairly obvious if you check out Alan Pardew’s comments on Daryl that he thinks he’s a great player, an excellent professional – and a good guy too.
Manchester City were beaten 3-0 by Arsenal in the Community Shield at Wembley this afternoon, but City seem to be our bogey team.
By our reckoning we have lost 14 of the last 15 games we’ve played against City, and the only non-defeat was in our relegation season, and that’s when we drew 2-2 at St. James’ Park in October of 2008, after right back Habib Beye had been sent off after only 14 minutes.
A certain Joe Kinnear was the caretaker manager at that time.
So that tells us it’s time we had a win against Manchester City, and there would be no better way for Newcastle to start this season than to have a win at home against the reigning Premier League Champions, and in front of a sell-out St. James’ Park.
It’s possible, and that’s what we are hoping for.
What do you think?
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