There’s A New Kind Of Pressure On Newcastle Manager


With so many Newcastle players in top form at the moment,  the problem for manager Alan Pardew is who to leave out for the trip to West Brom on Sunday, when we have a chance to get our 5th win on the trot.

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Ayoze Perez – after scoring on Saturday against Liverpool

Mehdi Abeid is the latest of a number of players over the last few games to get kudos for their excellent performances when the chips were down, and the defensive midfielder has just been called up to the full Algerian squad for their African Cup of Nations qualifiers this month, after he has already played four times for the Algerian U23 side.

Certainly Mehdi has a fan in local lad Jack Colback, who had this to say about the 22 year-old player who was born in France of Algerian parents:

“Mehdi’s shown he’s capable of handling the step up to this level. He’s a very good player.” “He went out on loan last season to the Greek League and did very well.¨

“You can see in training that he’s got the ability to be able to do it in this league, and he’s shown twice now that he can.” “But everyone who has come in has done well.¨

¨And it gives the manager a tough decision each week to pick the team.”

Alan Pardew has to make a few decisions – does he start Papiss Cisse or Ayoze Perez up front, with there still being a question mark over Cisse’s fitness.

If Cheick Tiote is available does he bring the experienced Ivorian straight back in and put Mehdi back on the bench, after two great performances?

And at some point Ryan Taylor has to be considered, after his Man of the Match performance at Manchester City, in what was his first game back after 26 months out with two serious ACL knee injuries.

These are the questions we bet Alan didn’t think he was going to have a short 19 days ago, when we still hadn’t won a game in the Premier League.

But as we have all seen, things can change very quickly in football, and we’re glad its been for the better for Newcastle United.

Howay The Lads!!

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11 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #1

    i’d go

    ——————krull—————-
    -jan—colo———–say—–dum
    ——siss——colb—–abied——
    ——perez—cisse—rolando—–

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  • barkel

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #2

    I’d go similar but with Sissoko playing down the middle with the other two covering for when the full backs go forward, 1st half I’d go with

    Cabs — Perez — Aarons

    Bring on Cisse and Sammy if we’re not winning about 10mins into the 2nd. I think attack from the off, an early goal and I think we’ll win it happy to defend & play on the counter

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  • Graeme

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Thats a nice looking team there!!

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  • hibbit

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #4

    any one got anything on the wonga deal ending in the summer

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  • mag92

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah Hibbit their having a whip-round!

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  • nightfa11

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #6

    as for letting jonas back in the team.. i like the guy..& im really glad he beat cancer..he deserves it..and also..every person who beats cancer gives hope to other cancer victims.. but as for him playing in the first team for nufc..i say no..hes slow..currently also weak..not good with the ball…cant dribble..inaccurate passes..etc.. bring him back to coach youngsters..to give them “never give up” mentality..but his playing days are over..

    as for selling tiote…if we can sell him for 15, and bring cabs bac kfor 10..im all for it..that would be an upgrade..

    and as for selling santon..we could use him now to replace obertan in RW position..but as a LB..i rate him as much as haidara..so he wouldnt be missed..

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Hard to shot the winning image but this is the best team at the moment:
    —————-Krul————————-
    Anita——Steven Taylor–Coloccini—Haidara–
    —————Tiote/Sissoko/Abeid
    Ryan Taylor————————-Aarons
    —————Cabella———————–
    ——————————–Perez/Riviere–
    ———-Demba Cisse
    If Pardew plays Sissoko right winger we’ll lose again.

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  • mag92

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Santon hasn’t played a competitive game since last season!

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  • mag92

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #9

    @7 why change a winning team and play Tiote, instead of Colback?

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  • hibbit

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #10

    jeff from pennywell you will know all about them you use them often enough

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  • MassiveG

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #11

    Krul
    Jan Sayls Colo Dumm
    Colback Abeid
    Moussa
    Cabs. Perez. Aarons

    Strong bench with Haidara, Raylor, Tiote. Cisse, Sameobi, rivière

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