Paul Simpson, Newcastle’s assistant coach has been interviewed on nufcTV ahead of the crucial game at West Ham on Monday night, and ¨Simmo¨ talks about a number of different subjects, and he addresses Holland’s two shock defeats in the Euro 2016 qualifying, at home to Iceland and on the road in Turkey.
Georginio Wijnaldum played in both the games, and Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita were unused substitutes.
Gini Wijnaldum in Holland’s colors
But it’s even looking like Holland, who did so well last summer at the World Cup in Brazil to finish 3rd, after losing in a penalty shoot-out to Argentina in the semi-final may not even qualify for the finals in France next summer.
With Holland now in 3rd place in their group, it’s really out of their hands and they have to finish second to have any real chance of qualifying.
This is some of what Paul Simpson has said on nufcTV:
“They have all returned fully fit – certainly physically unscathed anyway.” “In a selfish way they haven’t played a lot of football as well, which is good for us.”
“Obviously they’re disappointed because they haven’t been involved as much.”
“We’ve got three Dutch boys coming back into it to join the other Dutch boys who were left behind, who were a little bit low because of their results.”
“I think the big job for us now is just to get them back into the fold again, get them back integrated with the rest of the players, who I’ve got to say have worked extremely hard over the international period.”
Paul explained the way the Internationals are now played earlier in the last week, means that all our players were back yesterday, so being a Monday night game, Newcastle will have plenty of time to prepare for the game at West Ham.
The players need to be integrated back into the squad, and hopefully our Dutch Internationals will be wanting to prove something in London on Monday night, and we hope we can get a win in the league soon.
That’s needed to simply lift the morale of the fans, because we are still looking a little bit in the rear view mirror of what happened last season, and that wasn’t good, which is a huge understatement.
And there seems to be a contingent of fans who are still not fully convinced following the summer transfer window, although Newcastle did spend a lot of money – over £50M net.
A win on Monday night will be great and we can can then look forward to getting another win at home to Watford on Saturday, and if we can beat the Hammers, it could even be a sell-out on Saturday afternoon.
80% of fans seem confident we can get something out of the game on Monday night.
What do you think?