In the last few days we’ve had former players like Rob Lee and Stuart Pearce say that they expect Newcastle now to pull away from the relegation zone and even avoid relegation comfortably.
We have to say that the acquisition of two English Internationals – Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend makes that more likely and both players have already shown they can quickly adapt to life on Tyneside and produce the goods.
Indeed Jonjo looks like he could become a fantastic signing for us and in four appearances so far he has been our Man of the Match twice.
Jonjo Shelvey – could be Newcastle’s savior this season
The other positive and unlikely potential hero is Cheick Tiote who put in a terrific performance for us on Saturday and scored his third “goal” for us – but like the fantastic goal at home to Manchester City if was dubiously disallowed.
For all the negative press Cheick’s received in the last year or two, Cheick still looked like an excellent player for us – and if he keeps up his good form and helps save us from relegation it will be interesting to see what happens to him this summer.
It would be completely suicidal to let Cheick leave for China this month – but this is Newcastle and as we have found out in the past – anything is possible at Newcastle.
And if we were to hazard a guess, we still think he will leave Newcastle for big money in the summer – either to China or come here in the US to play in the MLS.
There’s no doubt that Newcastle have had a lift with the result and the performance against West Brom – a very poor side on the day – but just like at Everton – it’s just one game.
And while there are more pundits thinking that Newcastle can survive, we still have it all to do and a defeat at Chelsea and a Norwich draw at home to West Ham would see us in the bottom three again on Saturday night.
And that will be our position for at least two and a half weeks – which is another reason why we must go all out to get something out of the game at Chelsea.
A win would be almost sensational.
There’s been some hype around Newcastle since the great West Brom win – but let’s be real and keep our feet on the ground – we still have a lot to do in the final 13 games of what has been another disastrous season for the Magpies.
We must go for a win in every single game and if the lads do that, we could still be a Premier League side this summer.
And then wait for it.
We expect Mike Ashley to spend some very big money in the summer transfer market, so at the very least we don’t have to go through this stuff again next season.
In our last two seasons our run-ins have been simply disastrous – two years ago we lost 7 of our last 8 games and last year we lost nine of the last 11 games.
It’s not a coincidence that we started the next seasons with 4 points from 7 games in 2014 and 3 points form 8 games last year.
If we can finish this season strongly, there’s a much higher likelihood that we can start the season well in August – for a change.
We could even tell any potential new signings that our intent is to do a Leicester City next season – that may help in the recruitment – and some of the targets may even believe it.
But we just have to survive this season and avoid a relegation disaster.
Howay The Lads!!
Here’s a rare interview I did yesterday and answered a number of questions in case some newcomers to the blog may want to read it – it’s on some of the trials and tribulations of running a blog and how this blog got started back in April of 2007.