We have now won four games in a row and rather suddenly Newcastle from looking hopeless, are now starting to look like a much better side.
Ayoze takes the accolades after scoring the winner on Saturday
Here are four reasons why we think Newcastle are now looking a good side and we can even look forward to a decent season ahead.
- The defense has steadily improved over the last several games, and we seem to have a steady back four of Janmaat, Taylor (S), Coloccini and Dummett. They have played well and withstood a lot of pressure at Tottenham and also at Manchester City when Paul went to center-back and Haidara came in and was very decent at left back.
Defense has been our weakness over the last few seasons, but even without the injured Mike Williamson the lads at the back and goalkeeper Tim Krul have done very well over the last several games, and in our four wins we have kept three clean sheets.
- Some of our youngsters are really starting to come through. Rolando Aarons looks like a top young player in the making, and Ayoze Perez had been a revelation so far this season, and he has shown he is a natural goalscorer. Add to that the good form of Sammy Ameobi and the fact that Paul Dummett seems to be getting better with every game, and it’s got to be a promising time for the youngsters.
In the last couple of games one of our star players had been 22 year-old Mehdi Abeid in defensive midfield, and in his Premier League debut on Saturday against Liverpool he played great and was easily our Man of the Match. To play like that in your very first start in the Premier league was simply phenomenal and Mehdi can become a star player at Newcastle – he’s shown that this season.
- The team spirit in the squad even when the lads were losing has always been good this season, but ever since the defeat at Southampton, when it appeared some of the players gave up – every game has seen our lads fighting for the shirt – and it’s been great to watch.
They have stood by the manager through thick and thin this season – mostly thick. It could even be that the Sack Pardew protests – organized by a group that still stays anonymous – have brought the players closer together, and they are fighting for the club and the manager. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the team spirit be so high or the energy of our players be so high. In the last couple of games against City and Liverpool they closed down the opposition in great style every time they lose the ball – and the wins at City and at home to Liverpool have been great team performances – with the emphasis on team.
- And finally Alan Pardew somehow has survived the heavy pressure on him from the fans and the media to get him out of the club. But at Tottenham, when he changed the game at half time with his substitutions, at Manchester City and on Saturday against Liverpool he showed he can prepare the team well for what to expect. And as at Tottenham if it doesn’t work he can change things so it does work.
When we saw the Manchester City starting eleven and we looked at our inexperienced line-up we were sure we would lose the game.
But on merit the lads beat the PL Champions and Capital One Cup holders, and it was something to behold. So even though a large number of fans now have too much invested in seeing Alan be fired, and therefore will not change their minds on him, that’s not the case with us.
If the boss can continue to turn this thing around that’s just fine with us.
It’s more important that Newcastle do well than that Alan Pardew gets fired and one thing is for sure – if Pardew can survive this period at Newcastle, he will become a much better manager.
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