26 year-old Daryl Janmaat may find himself on the bench tomorrow for the tough game at home to Arsenal.
And with Newcastle getting an excellent point at Old Trafford last weekend, the lads have a chance of maybe going one better against the Gunners tomorrow.
Daryl Janmaat scoring Newcastle’s 3rd goal last Tuesday night
That’s especially with Arsenal likely to be missing key defenders in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.
If we can get the win, it would be the first time since we have beaten Arsenal since 6th November at the Emirates, when Andy Carroll scored just before half time and we won 1-0.
And unbelievably, manager Chris Hughton was fired 26 days later on 6th December.
A win tomorrow would mean we had taken four points from these last two fixtures and would be a great return for us.
This is what Janmaat has told the Shields Gazette today:
“I was pleased to be back in the side and it felt good to be back playing,” “It was good to get the first win of the new regime too but we had to win this game.”
“You don’t get credit for these type of wins, you just have to do your job and we did that.”
“We have to try and take that kind of form into the Arsenal game now. It is going to be a hard game but the point at Old Trafford lifted us too and we have to build on it.”
“All the signings are very good, I have been very impressed with them all.”
“A cup run is important, we want to go further.”
Newcastle need to do well in the league this year with our target being the top eight, after we finished in 15th place last season and even flirted with relegation under interim coach John Carver.
But the target this season is also to do well in the toe cup competitions – the League Cup and the FA Cup.
If we don’t sell too many players before next Wednesday, then our squad will be fairly strong in depth, which is necessary to achieve those goals.
We need another good result against Arsenal tomorrow.