It’s that time of year when you look back and see what’s happened in the last twelve months, and it’s not been a very good year for Newcastle United.
Alan Pardew – looked like he was in mourning yesterday all in black
At this time last year after 18 games played we had 33 points and in 6th place, 10 points more than we have this season, and if we had 33 points now we’d be 4th top.
The second half of last season was abysmal – almost a disgrace – and we’ve been up and down this season.
Down when we couldn’t win one of our first seven league games and got only four points, up when we had six wins on the trot in all competitions, and down again, because we have lost our last four games.
That’s included our fourth successive defeat to Sunderland for the first time ever, and they weren’t good enough yesterday to beat a poor Hull side at home, and went down 3-1 for Hull’s first win in 11 games.
It seems the only team they can beat is Newcastle.
So it hasn’t been good.
This is what Alan Pardew said after the game yesterday a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford:
“We’ve had a difficult year.” “We were well short in the last window when we lost Yohan Cabaye and didn’t replace. We had a very difficult end to the season and then lost Loic Remy.”
“I think we should have been stronger than perhaps we were when we started this season, but with new players, I think we’ve done well, particularly with the young players coming through.”
“Ayoze Perez has been a real highlight for us, and going into the second half of the season, with Siem de Jong to return in January to pair up with Perez, that’s a mouth-watering prospect.”
“I’m looking forward to seeing those two as a pair, and we’ve had some really good performances this season from Jack Colback and Moussa Sissoko in particular.”
“We’ve got a lot to look forward to in the New Year, but I don’t think two wins will cloud the fact this has been a difficult year for Newcastle.”
“I said in the summer we needed another striker, but we didn’t manage to secure one,” “In this window, I think it’s important we bring another striker in.”
“If you look at us as a team, we need to score more goals. It’s as simple as that if we’re going to make any impact in the Premier League.”
“We need to get some of the injured bodies back, and then maybe in January we need to get one or two in to make sure we can push on in the second half of the season.”
The January transfer window is out of Alan’s hands – he can only request new players as he did last summer – but it’s essentially up to Mike Ashley and Lee Charnley to bring in new bodies.
Usually they move quickly if we are in relegation trouble but we’re not there yet – but at the very least we need a new striker brought in- that;ls the very least and even that may not be possible in m id-season.
And who knows – when Tim Krul, Siem de Jong, Gabby Obertan, Rolando Aarons, Mehdi Abeid, Davide Santon, Jonas Gutierrez, Ryan Taylor and Rob Elliot are back fit again – we may even do quite well in the second half of the season.
What do you think?
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