After we lost Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy from the side this year, we were looking forward to some good signings in the summer, and it seemed we had done some good work when we recruited Remy Cabella, Jack Colback and Daryl Janmaat among the seven players we signed for the first team squad over the summer months.
Alan Pardew – not out of the woods yet
But on the last day of the transfer window reality showed through – and we seemed to shot ourselves in the foot again, when we allowed Ben Arfa and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to move out on season loan deals, and we failed to bring in an experienced striker and center-back that we needed.
And while our defense has labored so far this season, Mapou is having a renaissance at Roma, and was this week recalled to the France squad for the two International friendlies they will play – and it wouldn’t surprise us too much if he gets another cap or two.
Add to that the fact that some of our new arrivals like Remy Cabella and Manu Riviere are struggling to get to grips with the Premier League, and we are struggling with only 4 points from seven games, one point less than the points we had after seven games in our relegation season.
In the games since that 4-0 disgrace at Southampton, the team has played quite well, but in those three league games we still picked up only two points, so it’s all relative, and the next game at home to Leicester City a week on Saturday is vital and probably a must-win game for Pardew.
It may seem that Alan Pardew is becoming safer in his job, with the players seemingly right behind him, which is good, but it will only take losing against Leicester for Mike Ashley to show that ruthless streak we know he has.
Mike is motivated to keep Newcastle in the Premier League – very motivated for business reasons associated with his Sports Direct company, and if we have only four points from eight games after our next home game, don’t be surprised if time is called on Alan Pardew’s time at Newcastle.
Here is Newcastle’s league record in 2014 – and we may even have it right this time. 😀
Season Played Won Lost Drawn 2013-2014 19 5 13 1 2014-2015 7 0 3 4 Totals 26 5 16 5
That means we have 20 points out of the last 26 games, and that would mean 29 points over a 38 game season – and certain relegation.
Alan is by no means out of the woods yet – not by a long way – and he knows it.
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