Steve McClaren has been talking about the upcoming game at St. James’ Park on Saturday and it will be a stern test by Leicester City who have made a great start to the season and are currently in 3rd place in the Premier League and only one point out of first place.
Former Newcastle coach Nigel Pearson started the revival earlier this year and starting on 4th April they won seven of their last nine games and lost only one – so they got a fantastic 22 points from the last 9 games and finished in 14th place on 41 points.
As a contrast to that – in Newcastle’s last nine games we lost seven and won one for only 4 points – so from April 4th Leicester City gained a massive 18 points on Newcastle.
Claudio Ranieri – doing great at Leicester City
Leicester then fired Pearson and brought in former Chelsea coach Claudio Ranieri who has done great so far this season.
In fact in Leicester’s last 21 league games they have amassed 43 points.
It’s certainly going to be a big test for the Magpies on Saturday and we hope our best team turns up to the game.
This is what Steve has said in the Chronicle today:
“It’s not like Leicester coming here last year, then they were in the bottom three.” “Leicester have been the surprise team of the season so far.” “It’s been a big turnaround and how it can happen.”
“That’s in just one year.” “You can go from being in the bottom three to the top three.” “Nigel Pearson takes credit and Claudio Ranieri takes credit for using his experience to steady the ship.”
“It’s hard to do when you just come in, but he’s done it.” “They are one of those teams, a bit like West Ham, who have had a great start to the season.”“It’s going to be a fantastic game.”
“But they are a team who are never dead.” “That’s the key thing.” “Even if you are 2-0 up you can’t think you are alright because they keep coming from behind.” “They have great spirit.”
“Leicester are a team we can look at and say: ‘Look what can be done’.” “You see what can be done in a year.” “It’s purely through good management and the spirit of the players.”
“You look at the boy Vardy, he’s on fire.” “He’s scored in the last nine games.” “They are in the top three.” “It’s going to be some game.”
We were hoping that in-form striker Jamie Vardy would not be fit enough to play for the Foxes, but it looks like Jamie will start the game, even if not completely fit.
If he plays and scores against Newcastle he will have scored a goal in every one of the last 10 league games and equal Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record.
Why play if he is not 100% fit and maybe miss out on the record?
Unfortunately, Jamie will probably start the game on Saturday.