It’s almost been too good to be true, and we had to pinch ourselves at the final whistle yesterday when Newcastle won the fifth league game in a row and the sixth in all competitions, and yet we still have a number of our top players out injured.
Alan Pardew congratulates Moussa Sissoko yesterday after winning goal
The win yesterday was achieved without injured players Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Cheick Tiote, Mehdi Abeid, Rolando Aarons, Davide Santon, Gabby Obertan, Siem de Jong, Many Riviere and Jonas Gutierrez.
Those are the ten first team players that Alan Pardew mentioned were missing yesterday so we suppose we can now say that Newcastle have a much stronger squad than we though we just less than eight weeks ago when we lost 1-0 at Stoke and were joint bottom of the league.
We are now in joint 4th place after going seven games unbeaten and winning the last six.
The players who have stepped up to the player and played very well when we didn’t expect it are Gabby Obertan (out injured with a thigh injury), Steven Taylor (back next Saturday?), Mehdi Abeid, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara, Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi and more recently Ryan Taylor
Ryan was our best player for the first 30 minutes yesterday, before having to sadly go off with that uncomfortable right knee of his, and he said he got emotional only because he had to come off, and not because he thought the knee had been badly damaged again.
There was no damage found to the knee after the game – which was extra good news for Newcastle fans late last night and apparently Ryan had received many messages of encouragement from the fans – and he was thankful for that.
It’s going to be very interesting to see what Newcastle’s best team is when some of our stars are again ready to play again.
Some of our youngsters have come into the side and taken their chance with both feet this season and yesterday Ayoze Perez, Sammy Ameobi, local lad Paul Dummett and young Frenchman Massadio Haidara all put in performances for the side – to their credit.
Ayoze Perez keeps showing he still has a lot to learn, but he has such great skill that in the second half yesterday there were two times that he forced good saves from goalkeeper Rob Green and it was fitting he got a good ovation form the home ground yesterday when he came off.
The 21 year-old was replaced late in the game by 17 year-old Adam Armstrong – another youngster from Chapel House Estate, who is showing through this season.
It’s fair to say that the Newcastle United garden is looking extremely rosy at the moment, and it’s time for Newcastle fans to enjoy what has been a great string of results.
But it cannot last.
Can it? 😀
Howay The Lads!!