Newcastle United will have to quickly show some improvement in the next few games, if we are still to get off to a decent start to the season, with only 2 points from our first three league games.
Siem de Jong in action against Crystal Palace
In the last two seasons we had 4 points from our first three league games, but last season only 7 points from our first 7 games, although by Boxing Day we were 6th top after slaughtering a 9 man Stoke City side 5-1, but as we know the season was downhill from then.
We cannot have a similar season this season – or to be more accurate Alan Pardew cannot have a similar season this term – if he is to keep his job at the club, which is now under severe pressure according to reports.
Siem de Jong looked good in pre-season, but the Dutch International is still not fully match fit, and Siem has spoken in the Northern Echo today and is asking Newcastle fans for some tolerance:
“It’s always a little difficult at the start of the season when you fit in new players,. “You have to get used to each other, and hopefully we can get better in the coming weeks. Manu Riviere and Remy Cabella are new, and need a little bit of time.”
“I think you saw in the friendly games that we still have to adapt to each other a little bit and get to know each other a little better. Friendly games are different to the Premier League, of course, but I think we have players who can score.”
“We shouldn’t be talking about it all the time,” “If you talk about not scoring all the time, it gets into your head.” “Everybody wants to score – especially the attacking players. But we shouldn’t worry about that too much.”
Newcastle have a tough game at Southampton a week on Saturday, and the Saints have taken 4 points from their first three league games, even though they seem to have lost many of their top players in the summer.
And of course last Monday on the last day of the transfer market they beat Newcastle to Atletico Madrid center-back Toby Alderweireld, who is on loan for the season, and we could have done with Toby at Newcastle, after we let Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa go out on loan to Roma.
Toby will probably be in the team that plays against us at St. Mary’s Stadium, and Newcastle really need to start winning some games – starting on the south coast.
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