The 53-year-old Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is honest enough to say that when some players return this week there are going to be some disappointments for the players – because some will not make the starting line-up and others will not even make the 18 man squad.But that’s what happens when so m,any of our players are playing well, and it’s a very good problem for any manager to have.
Alan Pardew on the sidelines on Saturday
With the younger players showing through this season the Newcastle said has suddenly looked a lot stronger than it looked either at the beginning of the season or last term.
Players like Mehdi Abeid, Rolando Aarons, Sammy Ameobi, Ayoze Perez, Paul Dummett, Massadio Haidara and Adam Armstrong have made our squad look better than we thought.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the squad:
“We’ve got real depth in the squad, real potential.” “When all those players come back, it will be difficult to pick the team at West Ham, because I’m going to disappoint some people.¨
“But that’s what I have to do, and at the moment I have no problem doing it because the discipline in the group is terrific.¨ “We’ve worked hard to make sure that discipline is there, and we’re getting the rewards.”
“Everybody is playing well, so I’m not going to take anything away from Tim Krul,” “He didn’t really have a lot to do on Saturday, but he has had to do a job, a professional job.¨
“Every week, that’s what goalkeeping coach Andy Woodman’s job is, to make sure that Tim is ready.¨ “He’s getting great coverage in front, not just from the back four, but from the midfield and the front two.¨
“They’re all working hard to make sure that we win, and we’ve not always had that.¨ “Last year we had a few problems with that, but we’ve put it right.¨
“Everybody knows now that going forward, if we work as hard as we have been working, flair can come through, quality to come through, and you win games.”
Newcastle are on a six game winning streak and that’s the second time the Newcastle manager has accomplished that on Tyneside – with the previous time being in March and April of 2012 – when we finished 5th top of the Premier League.
But the key now is for our players not to get carried away with their own success or else it could fall apart, just as quickly as it started back when we beat Leicester City at home – for our first league win of the season on 18th Octoiber.
It’s a cliche we know, but taking one game at a time is the best way to stay centered – so the only thing that matters right now is how we get three points at Upton Park on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!
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