You can never accuse Alan Pardew of not being positive, and in his press conference on Thursday and in interviews since then, he has come across as believing Newcastle will have a good season, once our new players have settled down and got to grips with life in the Premier League.
Papiss Cisse – could be important player for Newcastle this season
One thing we seem to lack this season is enough goalscorers to get us some goals, but Pardew thinks we have enough fire power up front to be able to win Premier League games:
“I think we have goals in the team,” “I think we’ve got enough goals in this team to win Premier League games, and I think we have enough in this group to have a good season. If I didn’t say that, you’d call me a madman, but I actually do think we have enough.”
Emmanuel Riviere has looked a decent striker so far this season, and he’s physical enough to be a success at Newcastle, although he’s been isolated far too much up front, in his first few games for the club.
We also have Papiss Cisse coming back in a couple of weeks to full training, and that should help, and when Ryan Taylor is fit he can provide some threat from free kicks just outside the box.
We have Spanish U21 forward Ayoze Perez, Argentine on loan striker Facundo Ferrerya, England U20 International Rolando Aarons (currently out injured) and local lad 17 year-old Adam Armstrong, who could have some goals in them this season.
But three of those are youngsters and it’s hard to rely on youngsters still leaning their trade to provide goals in the Premier League.
And it was a huge blow to the side when we lost Siem de Jong for four months with that thigh (groin?) injury of his, and he had promised to offer a goal threat up front in pre-season.
Since he’s out until the new year, others will have to step up to the plate, starting today at Southampton, and score some goals for us, otherwise we could be in trouble by the time Christmas rolls around.
We hope we will be in decent shape in the league by the time the new year rolls around.
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