In the last two game, both of which we have won away from home against very good opposition, we have seen many of Newcastle’s players starting to hit somewhere near their top form.
Ryan Taylor – in great form on Wednesday night
On Sunday, Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez both looked good and scored good goals, Remy Cabella started to look like the creative player he is, Moussa Sissoko was all powerful in that second half, and Steven Taylor had another solid game in central defense,
And last night we had a number of players playing near their best form including Ryan Taylor, Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Mehdi Abeid, Rolando Aarons and Gabby Obertan, so a number of our players are now coming into some good form.
It’s something that Alan Pardew noted in his press conference today for the Liverpool match on Saturday.
And that means there is growing competition for places in the team, and the Newcastle manager admitted he’s going to have a difficult section to make, and some in-form players would not even make the bench on Saturday.
For instance, Ryan Taylor will be challenging for a midfield position and he can also play in either full back spot – which he showed when he moved to right back late in the second half.
And we’re sure Pardew will want Ryan on the pitch in future games, but maybe not on Saturday after his very first game back after 26 months out of the first team recovering from injury.
Ryan brings experience and he is an expert from dead ball situations – something we haven’t got in the side at the moment.
And the players who do start the game on Saturday will know they will need to perform near their best to keep their places, and that’s always good – because it tends to bring out the best in players.
The other good news is the only slight injury doubt for the Liverpool game is Papiss Cisse, and everybody else is fit apart from Davide Santon and Siem de Jong.
We need to beat Liverpool on Saturday, and then we can really celebrate, because it’s way over two years since we last won four games in a row.
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