We all have to realize that it’s going to take a little time for our new players to adjust to the tough Premier League, and some of the players who turned out to be our best buys over the last few years – Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and even Demba Ba – all took time to adjust.
Yohan Cabaye – took time to settle in at Newcastle
Yohan Cabaye struggled three years ago when he first started playing for Newcastle, and in the second game at Sunderland, which we won 1-0 with that fantastic Ryan Taylor goal – Yohan was nowhere to be seen throughout the game, and he simply couldn’t get to grips with the intensity of the game.
Mathieu Debuchy also had some poor games at the beginning of last year when he first started to play for us, and to a lesser extent Demba Ba struggled a bit initially three years ago, before the Senegal striker started putting the ball into the back of the net for us, on a regular basis.
So Alan Pardew is simply asking for time to allow the new team to gel:
“I think it’s a little bit tougher when players are coming from abroad and have to adjust to the league.” “I’d give Manu as an example.”
“I spoke to him this week and there are certain things that happen in this league which he’s been surprised by. It shakes players up and knocks them off balance a bit. Remy’s treatment has been similar.”
“People have said to me that he needs to be stronger and I’d agree with that. But I also think he’s come in for some treatment that he would never have got in France, so he’s having to adjust his game as well.”
“Making those adjustments are very important, but they need time.” “Remy was brought in to add some creativity to the side, along with Siem de Jong.”
“There’s more focus on him now and I think he’s started okay. He can be better, but we’ve got to give him a platform to do that.”
“We also have other offensive players who will have to step up to the plate. Papiss is due back soon and he needs to score goals again. We need to find a way for him to score goals.”
“Will he play with Manu? Maybe there’s an opportunity for those two to form a relationship. There’s a number of issues we have.”
But the problem this season is that we have had two poor seasons in the Premier League, and the second half of last season was simply horrendous, so time is not exactly available to Alan Pardew to get some results on the board at the beginning of this season.
The manager will get more time from owner Mike Ashley than he will from Newcastle fans, but we also think if we don’t start picking up points in the next few games Mike Ashley is not going to sit around and let the team become involved in another relegation fight.
Mike Ashley’s biggest ambition for Newcastle is to keep us in the Premier League where all the big money is – that’s seems to be the essence of his ambition for Newcastle United.
And if there’s a time when Newcastle’s place in the Premier League looks to be in danger, we think he’ll show his ruthlessness and get another manager in.
That’s the conundrum Alan Pardew finds himself in at the moment.
He needs time to allow the players to settle and the team to gel, but he will not get a lot of it to turn Newcastle around, and get some wins on the board.
A win at Southampton would help big time today.
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