There’s Optimism Now At Newcastle United

If Newcastle can get a win at Villa Park tomorrow, then most Newcastle fans will think we’ve made a decent start in the first two games  of the season with 3 points, and there’s the  possibility of getting another win at home to Crystal Palace next Saturday.

daryl janmaat at huddersfield

Daryl Janmaat – one of our signings this summer

However if we are beaten that will be two defeats in a row and those results would not be what we all wanted to see.

But from what we’ve seen so far since the summer, Newcastle have signed some good players – maybe some of them are great players in the making, so it has been a good transfer window for the club.

Alan Pardew seems upbeat already this season, and he had this to say today:

“We’re in good shape, but after the good performance against Manchester City we need to get a couple of good results on the board to show it,”

“The feeling in the local media, the press and our fans is one of optimism. That’s felt on the training ground as well. It’s felt by my staff and some of my staff have been here for 25 years.”

“There’s a genuine feeling we’ve got a decent side here and I think we need a couple of results under our belt and then see how quickly it grows.”

“There are a lot of new players though. Someone said to me, are we carrying a bit of negative history from last season, but only half the team were playing, the other 50 per cent are new.”

“We are kind of half carrying it and half not. The arrival of so many new signings really helps lift the players who were here last year.”

And we are hoping that Dutch international midfielder Siem De Jong can make his Premier League debut against Villa tomorrow, after recovering from his calf injury, and if he does play he will be the 7th player who has made his competitive debut for Newcastle in the first two games.

Things could be on the up at Newcastle.

We hope things are on the up at Newcastle.

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46 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #1

    “There’s a genuine feeling we’ve got a decent side here.”

    We have, Alan. It’s you that’s crap.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Alan, bearing in mind we have basically got replacements in, we had a decent side last year as well, but you still managed to break those not-so-elusive abysmal records.

  • stuart no9

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #3

    laurant—— pards played 6 new signings against city . for me , that is too many in one go, you cant go out as a team with so many new players in the team , we will gwt beat tomorrow- good players dont make a good team ,and yeah your right , pardew is the weakest link here . always has been

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t know how this Villa game will go. How they approach it and their form, will have a big impact.

    We may nick some quick breaks, but who knows.

    Siem could make a difference if he plays. Clever player. He likes his shots from around the box, so he may get something from there.

    Pinocchio loves them to shoot from distance a lot of the time without getting into the box, so Siem may work well with that to snatch a few goals throughout the season.

    Remy’s goals need replacing just to get back to the same position as last year. Can anyone else get those goals?

  • lesh

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Laurent R, you’re being unusally gentle in your comments about Mr P. You ok?

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #6

    Stuart, I thought they looked eager to impress and they were all keen to run last week, which kind of put a smokescreen over what they will be like when the new club novelty has worn off and they realise they will have to do a lot of containing and defending.

    Any sign of a losing streak and the motivation to play football dwindles and is replaced by chasing shadows and a few glum looking faces.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #7

    Lesh, no chance. 🙂


  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #8

    I actually thought it was laughable with Pinocchio’s comments about some of the forwards no being good enough for the club.

    Spoken by a man who holds the joint worst losing streak ever at our club (amongst his other whoppers) and was only employed via being sacked from a League 1 club and knowing the owner and chairman.

    Not seeing the wood from the trees immediately springs to mind.

  • banjax

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #9

    The best players in the world are of little help unless they have a good manager. A defeat against A Villa is inexcusable and a sign that we need to change the manager or continue our poor form.

  • stuart no9

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #10

    laurent — so areyou saying , you are hoping for a touch of brilliance ( heard that before) to nick a goal , rather a well worked goal , straight from the training pitch, to demonstrate the hard work the lads are putting in. ? who knows , but it will be very interesting tomorrow , watching the new lads, seeing if there is something there that could be very good but needs work done before the results start to come . tomorrow , for me , is too early

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #11

    But I’m still looking forward to the start of the game.

    Keane may get a 5 or 10% improvement in work rate from them over the course of matches. As they said on Talk Sport, he’ll get on with the dirty work of challenging players and Lambert will do the directing.

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #12

    I’m going for a 3 -1 win to the Toon.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Stuart, I hope for Pardew to be sacked immediately.

    I don’t want us to constantly play poorly and just nick a goal. That is what he has survived upon up to now has Pardew. I hate him. PR slimeball.

    I have no sympathy for him whatsoever.

  • manxpie

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #14

    remy’s highlights vs city

    hatem should take note!

    and it shows the neggers of last weekend some of the chances we actually created and to think we have got de jong to come aswell its looking good

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #15

    Crosses were STILL aimed at Williamson on Sunday rather than some varied invention.

    That says it all about the dire training ground ‘development’. Apply that to the rest of the general play.

  • stuart no9

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Banjax—– i have always said — the team is only as good as the manager regardless of whos in it . i dont want to bang on tonight about pardew not being good enough , i just think he needs points on the board , regardless of the fact we were playing city last sunday , they didnt look like a team that were going to come good in a heart beat , they need to be confident, and composed and organised, none of that was visable on sunday.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Manx, Hatem against Villa last year…

    I think other players and Pinocchio should take note, not him.

  • manxpie

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #18

    laurent them strikers aren’t good enough at the prices they were sold for!

    ballotelli with the potential to be world class £16 mill

    shane long £12 mill

    mcormack £11 mill

    crazy money for them and pardew is right in saying so!!

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #19

    See that Atletico just beat Real 1-0 again. I think it was a repeat from tonight or a few days earlier I watched. Not sure.

    Real’s forward line cost more than the entire Atletico team I think.

    Superb management. Confidence and belief instilled into all of them.

  • manxpie

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #20

    laurent that was 1 good game and if it was like that in every game not 1 person would have a problem would they??

    his problem is he doesn’t do it every game or 2,3,4 games even tho it shows in that vid he can and has all the talant to do it

    thats my problem with him, inconsistancy and it ain’t just under pardew that he’s showed that form its his whole career so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Manx, yes, I agree with that part. They are over priced. No problem with that, but he said they weren’t good enough for us (regardless of price.)

    Pardew himself is not good enough for us, yet he’s commenting on other players in his usual pompous egotistical way.

  • stuart no9

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #22

    did we enquire once about long ??????? just seems strange now pardew reckons hes not good enough for us . i maybe wrong but i thought we were looking at him ,
    Laurent——- yeah i hope hes sacked , i predicted Xmas ( again) its ok having good players , but he has to know how to play them and transform them into a team , and that is where pards comes up short. Hes had 4 years to build a team , and he still plays 6 new signings last sunday, that tells me he is no further forward on building a team as what he was 4 years ago.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #23

    Neither does Zlatan play well in every game, neither did Ginola, Robert or Berbatov.

    Look at Di Maria at the world cup. One moment of brilliance can change the game. These type of players are flair players. It’s foolish to expect it every week. It’s not going to happen. They should still be included, for they do what the other journeyman players can’t do and that is win games by themselves.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #24

    Manx, Niafron made the correlation that Hatem has show his best form generally when the team is playing well and he did that at his other clubs too.

    I say Niafron because he’s followed him a lot longer than the rest of us.

    Maybe it’s just management preference, but I’d have Hatem in most weeks. I’d be filling him with ultimate confidence day in day out in preparation for the next game. Making training enjoyable, fun and aimed on him/them improving and showing it to everyone on match day.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #25

    Stuart, yes. That is where he comes up short for sure.

  • manxpie

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #26

    yeah but they still did more than hatem in a game well apart from robert!

    robert only really scored a few unbelievable goals and cost us 10 mill for the privelage

    ginola\ probably did more in his 2 seasons here than hatem would in 10 seasons

    and zlatans history speaks for itself

    hatem isn’t near the latter 2 infact nowhere near

  • manxpie

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #27

    i agree he needs that kind of work but how long can it go on for?
    pardew constantly praised him at 1st and then he obviously wasn’t doing the things he asked and now its turned to shit

    you can’t put all your effort into 1 player just because he might turn up for a game now and then

    look at the top players in the world right now they all have that inner confidence and belief and determination to be the best it actually pours out of them even bale

    hatem seems to only have 1 and at 27 he’s gonna miss the boat if he doesn’t sort his head out

    to blame pardew for it is bonkers imo

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #28

    The team around Hatem doesn’t move well enough. They don’t pull other players away thus giving him even more space. That Villa video is an example. The same lack of movement around him which is a major gripe of mine. That can be sorted out in training.

    In a Keegan side or a Sir Bobby side, he would be be sublime and on a more regular basis. I have no doubts at all. I often play that scenario out in my head actually.

    Hatem’s playing in a team which at the height of Pardew’s not-so-lofty achievements could only reach a goal difference of plus 5. And the rest of them… Well… Let’s not go there.

    The team around him needs to be effective for his own skills to be maximised. Standing like statues only helps him run into dead ends. He needs fluid movement and runners around him.

    He has rarely got that here.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Anyway, enough from me. Those are some of my thoughts. I’m eager to see how this Villa game pans out.

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Laurent didn’t just get a few sublime goals, he got many. 32 in all. Good tally for a winger. A number of assists too. The quality of that showreel is a match for most.

    Always worth a watch.

    He played crap games too, but Sir Bobby knew how valuable he was, so played him, regardless of moods or this tracking back propaganda. I’ve seen Hatem track back far more than Ginola and Robert used to.

  • manxpie

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #31

    so pardew and the rest of the other players are to blame for arfa being inconsistant then?

    come on like

    there have been countless times arfa is out on the wing and the strikers have all made there runs only for him to turn inside again

    would love to see his highlight package from the fulham game last year ok he scored late on but my god i remember my frustrations from that day
    he must’ve had double figure shots off target when he should’ve passed

    we could have won far far easily that day but for his selfishness

    thats my point tho if players dont know wat he’s gonna do how can they get in the position

    its all very well being unpredictable but if his own team mates cant work him out then theres a problem

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #32

    Not confident for the game later today, I would be happier if we had a couple of decent centre halves. I would also start with Haidara. I do not have any faith in Dummet.

  • manxpie

    Aug 23, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #33

    novo i can’t wait to see de jong tbh i’m hoping he’s fit enough to start

    him and remy can only mean good things plus colback and anita played very well last week

    i think we’ll score a few tomorra maybe 3-1 riv and a de jong double if he starts

  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 23, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #34

    Manx; it’s the defence that concerns me. For all the attacking options we have, we’re totally deficient defensively. If Villa get their noses in front, they’ll do us on the break.

  • manxpie

    Aug 23, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #35

    yeah it is a worry but we defended pretty well against city if ya think about it it was only a couple of great plays that give them any chances

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 23, 2014 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #36

    I don’t think we are pants defensively at all. Jaanmat needs time to settle down and we need to play to our attacking strengths and take the game to the opposition and not allow the back four to be put under consistent pressure and I think well be fine. Dummett and Willo are solid enough defenders and Collocini, Jaanmat and Santon are quality footballers and we have capable replacements. A top notch centre back would be great, but I don’t see us as necessarily weak without one. The second half of last season was open slather at the back for us cos we didn’t have a go, I think. No reason for that to happen again going in to a new season with all our new attacking threat.

  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Lads, news from Australia points Mike Ashley looking to buy the Newcastle Jets, similar to Man City now owning Melbourne City. Seeing the increase in interest in this country plus the Asian market, it’s a no brainer. Plus the success with the New Zealand tour points to a strong possibility.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:34 AM

    Comment #38

    I somewhat agree with Jimmy there!

    …but the coach needs to change his ways or else the defense will be exposed and the goals will be hauling in.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #39

    ST, is Nathan Tinkler still hiding out from his creditors in Singapore?

  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 23, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Yeah he is! Swapping one fat bastard for another!


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