Whatever team Alan Pardew was thinking of putting out tomorrow night at Crystal Palace, it will probably have to change with the sickness reported today of Tim Krul, Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran.
Remy Cabella in action on Saturday
In fact Cisse was played on Saturday without being fully fit, and he also had a head cold, but he had looked so good in training that Pardew put him on the bench.
And the Senegal striker came on for the last 20 minutes and saved Newcastle and manager Pardew, with two good goals to get Newcastle a 2-2 draw.
Remy Cabella had a decent enough game on Saturday but some of our new players have to start coming through, and up till now it has all looked too much for them, as they try to get to grips with the Premier League.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about two of our new forwards who have been struggling so far this season:
“I was really pleased with Cabella. He’s such an important player for us with Siem de Jong out, and I don’t think up until now he has really produced a performance which warrants his tag, the money we have spent.¨
“But I really felt he showed the character, he showed the quality that really buoyed me, if I am honest, that has buoyed me a little bit going into the next game.”
“I feel some sympathy for Manu (Riviere) because he has had to carry the shirt and he’s not ready to carry that shirt yet full-time.¨ “It’s a shirt that is heavy and I think he has seen an example from Papiss to take that chance to make that little movement in the box.¨
“He’s only 24, Riviere, and really and truly, we have had too much responsibility on him.”
With Papiss Cisse now ruled out of the game tomorrow night, it may mean we have to play Riviere in that game, which we have to try to win and improve the terrible record Newcastle have racked up this year.
We will probably see Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Mehdi Abeid and Sammy Ameobi all come into the side for tomorrow night, but the side needs to be good enough to get through the Capital One Cup tie, and that will not be easy.
Crystal Palace under new manager Neil Warnock have yet to taste defeat, and they have two draws and a great win at Everton last Saturday, since Warnock took over before the 3-3 draw with Newcastle.
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