We have to admit to being a little concerned about the games we have through the middle of next month,. when we don’t have our two experienced goalkeepers Tim Krul; and Rob Elliot available, but of course we are all hoping that young Jak Alnwick will do very well.
Alan Pardew – Manager of the Month for November – smile please
But Alan Pardew seems to be very gung-ho this morning, and thinks once all the injured players return next month we should have a very strong side.
That certainly seems to be true with players like Paul Dummett, Mehdi Abeid, Rolando Aarons, Ayoze Perez and Sammy Ameobi having all come through very well this season.
Alan just won the Manager of the Month award for November, and that’s the third time he’s won the award, and he seems upbeat about the future at Newcastle United:
“When we come into January if I can get Siem de Jong back and my two goalies return we are going to look like a very strong squad. We can push for top eight I hope. At the moment we are just finding our way.”
“It’s another new team, probably my third team since I’ve been here. I like this one it’s got a nice blend to it.” “We’ve had some great times and beat a lot of great teams.”
“We’ve had some success and got ourselves into Europe, finished fifth then got to the quarter-finals of the Europa League so we do need to improve on that if we can.”
“We’ve got the quarter-final of the League Cup against Spurs so it’s exciting times.” “I think this team has an excitement level to it. It’s got pace and in the background we have some really good young players.”
“At the start of the season I didn’t feel we got the results we deserved particularly in one or two games. Then we got a run of games where things did fall our way a little bit and you need that in any sport.”
“But also it’s fantastic effort by the players.”
Certainly it’s been a magnificent turnaround for Newcastle this season, after only getting four draws in those first seven league games, and we went on a five game winning streak in the league, but we have lost two of our last four games.
We’ve already had almost everything this season – a terrible defeat like at Southampton, and some great wins at Tottenham and at home to Chelsea.
And a win tomorrow night at Tottenham in the Capital One Cup will raise the spirits of Newcastle fans everywhere, and then if we can beat Sunderland on Sunday afternoon at home, things will be looking very rosy in the Newcastle garden.
Maybe Alan’s right about the future?
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