In the lead up to Saturday’s match at Wigan, Roberto Martinez has been bigging up Newcastle United.

A manager with meagre resources but who likes his teams to play football, the likeable Martinez knows his side are in for a tough challenge but it is a game that could be a cracker with both clubs looking to play.

As well as talking about this crucial match for both teams, Martinez revealed that he believed the title of ‘team of the year’ should go to either Newcastle United or whoever wins the league. You can’t say fairer than that!

Talking about Alan Pardew’s team, Martinez also said: “We know Newcastle United are an outstanding football team and whatever happens it has been an incredible season for them”.

In an intriguing season right throughout the Premier League season there had been talk of Brendan Rodgers or Paul Lambert possibly deserving the title but with Newcastle currently nineteen points ahead of the two promoted clubs who are in mid-table, I find it a rather dubious argument now.

Rising above the relegation zone is commendable for both teams but for anybody making the leap into possible Champions League qualification with all the financial advantage the elite few have, would be quite remarkable.

13 comments
Timptoon
Timptoon

There's none of them I'd shed a tear for if they left but I would still like to see how a few of them manage with good coaching/management and in a stronger squad. Cabella, Abeid, Marveaux and Vuckic will have successful careers somewhere so why not with us. On the other hand, Tiote, Anita, Saylor, Colo, Williamson, Obertan, Gouffran and Sammy have had plenty of chances to impress and rarely reached the standard. 

1957
1957

With a few exceptions you can't really make this sort of judgement on what they could achieve. Remember they have spent half a season coached by a long ball merchant without a target man and the other half by the village idiot.

I suspect by the time Carver's record breaking run started a lot of players didn't listen to him. Not a great attitude from players I agree, but a damning indictment on his positive motivational skills, let's face it they must have been baffled when they read his views in the newspaper, in January they are good players, in April they are not Premier League standard.

Some are not good enough but most have some talent, it just wasn't utilised correctly by Charnley's puppy

Paul Patterson
Paul Patterson

Er Cheick Tiote? Siem De Jong? Moussa Sissoko?

Two haven't didn't kick a ball for six months at a time and Sissoko downed tools (along with a few others) for another seemingly never ending spell . .

Andgeo
Andgeo

Good topic of discussion but Williamson should be on a list all on his own!

GToon
GToon

You are about right with most but would like to see a decent manager give the players a decent chance first, not just playing time but coached properly too. Cabella, Abeid and Anita would do a lot better with a decent coach and playing style.

truemagpie
truemagpie

i think Mehdi Abeid still has a future .. may turn out to be another Fraser Forster 

Billy Goat
Billy Goat

Couldn't argue with your selections Dale I think you are spot on.

mentalman
mentalman

Abeid has been our best midfielder when he has played had Carver played him instead of Ryan Taylor we probably wouldn't have been playing for our survival in the last match.

Anita can cut it when played in the right system

Marveaux and vuckic haven't been given an opportunity to show what they can do

Again cabella will come good played in the right system

As for armstrong I've seen nothing that shows he's good enough for the epl, he's going to need a few seasons at a lower level before you can decide whether to keep him or not.

Haidara Is another one who hasn't really shown much he's weak in defence and isn't much better going forward

Steve1221
Steve1221

Abeid put in a couple of shocking performances before being dropped.

crediblejustin736
crediblejustin736

You mean falling over against man utd? Every great player has slipped before. John terry, Steven Gerrard

Steve1221
Steve1221

No I mean being atrocious for 90 minutes against Man U

Basileus
Basileus

Siem DeJong ? Has he kicked a ball for us ?