A young Newcastle side again looked very good yesterday, when our younger less experienced players like Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez all looked very good, and Newcastle again showed that every player is willing to put in a good shift for the side in every game.
Alan Pardew – at West Brom yesterday
When we were struggling, and there was pressure for Alan Pardew to be fired, there were some claims by some national journalists that Alan had lost the dressing room, something that seems to be made up when a manager is having a bad run at any club.
But it seems nothing could be further from the truth, and if anything the pressure on Newcastle and the manager have seen our players stick together and over the last five or six games the lads have pulled Newcastle clear of the relegation zone, and reached the quarter finals of the Capital One Cup.
And although we play Spurs away in the League Cup quarter finals, such is the confidence in the squad at the moment, that we must have a decent chance of reaching the last four of that competition – and that would be something.
We like the way the manager is not over-reacting to what has been an amazing turnaround in form by the Newcastle side, and with a five game winning streak going, we can still move up in the league table from the 8th position we are in at the moment.
But any talk about Europe and all that stuff is very premature at best – what we should be thinking about is winning the next game, and the next one after that …… and so on.
It’s not clear exactly what Alan did to turn things around, if anything, but he says when he looked at the stats from the games we had lost they were still pretty good, so we weren’t playing as bad as the results suggested.
And certainly at home to Crystal Palace and at Aston Villa we could have won both those matches.
What seems to have done the trick is the players stuck right behind Pardew, when he was under extreme pressure, and we also had a few local lads like Paul Dummett, Jack Colback, Sammy Ameobi in the side – who knew what it means to play for the Newcastle club – and they seem to have led the way in their determination to turn things around.
But players like Ayoze Perez and Mehdi Abeid have been brought in and have played really well for the team, and they may not have been given the chance if we didn’t have so many injuries.
What we want Alan Pardew to do now, is to lay the players in form, and if it means that Mehdi Abeid keeps his place when Cheick Tiote is fit again – so be it.
Notice we didn’t say we can now sell Cheick, because we need to have a much deeper squad than we’ve had over the last four years.
Both Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote are good players for Newcastle, and both can do a good job for us this season, when they are both fully fit again.
So it’s a combination of the more experienced players and the good youngsters we now have at the club, all doing their jobs, and that could even make this season a shock season for us – and on the upside too.
Four weeks ago we were talking about having a tough season fighting relegation again, but just as long as our players play with the passion and skill they have shown in the last several weeks, we should be fine.
And we could even be the shock team in the Premier League – as we were three seasons ago.
That’s what we are hoping for. 😀
But that’s not to say Pardew isn’t still getting criticized by the die-hard Pardew haters – but it’s kind of a hard argument to make at the moment – given how well the Newcastle team has looked, and some of the great results we have had over the last four weeks.
We are just loving how Newcastle United are playing right now and the great results we are getting – if we cannot enjoy this – we cannot enjoy anything.
Howay The Lads!!
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