100213111317In advance of Thursday night’s Europa League clash with FC Metalist Kharkiv, Alan Pardew has confirmed he will be “picking a strong side”.

Exactly who will be in that strong side is another matter and whether the fans will agree it is a strong starting eleven is another matter.

It would be great to see the manager throwing everything at our Ukrainian opponent on Thursday with ten days until our next league match following that home leg. With the away leg it may be a different matter but first things first.

This is what Alan Pardew had to say today;

“I will be picking a strong side for Thursday, the new lads who arrived last month give us greater depth.

It is a competition we would all love to win, it is difficult to get through the group stage so we don’t want that hard work to all be for nothing!”.

On Sunday I wrote an article  Likely Newcastle Line Up v Metalist In Europa League about the kind of side I expected Alan Pardew to put out and despite the quotes from Alan Pardew I still don’t think it will deviate much from the team shown on this graphic.

Pardew’s comments about the new players giving greater depth may suggest a debut for left-back Haidara and if that was the case then Santon may switch to the right even if Danny Simpson if passed fit for the match.

Alan Pardew is never going to say any of his squad players are weak but I definitely think most fans would judge a ‘strong side’ by how many changes we’ll see from the starting eleven that played against Tottenham.

Mapou and Tiote look sure to play and won’t weaken the side but more than one or two other unenforced changes and some fans will judge the manager harshly if the result goes the wrong way.

NUFC To Beat FC Metalist 23/20
NUFC To Win 2-0 11/1
NUFC To Win First Half 15/8

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11 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Pretty sure no-one has any idea at the moment, least of all those in charge.  The Chronicle just serving it's role as PR piece for Ashley and Co by spouting hopeful headlines to drum up season ticket sales...???

Deltic13
Deltic13

It's dosnt help when you have the likes of lee ryder in the paper. He's more interested in having geet big photos of himself and his name in lights than anything else. The mans an embarrassment to himself.

Capricorn2049
Capricorn2049

The local press and N.U.F.C. have been operating as a cartel  for years, i.e. the club sells newspapers, and the papers sell the club, thereby both parties benefit. What has the truth got to do with this seedy and unpalatable fact. Who was it that said decades ago "Don`t let the truth get in the way of a good story" and this story has been going on for decades regarding Newcastle. The local media has been as guilty as any party in perpetuating the myth that N.U.F.C. is a big club. It is not, it is no more than a massively over supported club, with those fans constantly being fed half truths with a positive spin.

cwtoon88
cwtoon88

Id be amazed if the like's of Lee Ryder and Miles Starforth know more than their dim looks suggest

wor monga
wor monga

Ashley runs it like a business, and he keeps any of his (or Charnley’s) intentions secret…so we won’t get wind of any transfer moves until they actually happen and then the invited media (paying for the priviledge) will be the first to be informed!!...


...so in the meantime the media will make up anything that they can invent…just to keep the likes of us who they know take their papers and switch on every morning hoping to see some good news, interested.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…


...Ashley is not in this to appease the fans…his business model is based on the Sky TV yearly bonanza, and staying within the parameters of picking that up each time…that’s the reality  we have to live with!!...


...the majority of the clubs in the PL run successfully with much smaller gates than we do…they also seem satisfied in the knowledge that they stand no chance of winning anything, but that’s the way it is now…so if you don’t like it then look around for alternatives, before it’s too late.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

There's only one real source and that comes from the Club . Unfortunately they're not saying anything as usual . Until the Club announces signings  anything in the papers is pure speculation .The local rags are cut and paste merchants at best , they know nothing because they seem to be kept on the outside of the  Club anyway .

1957
1957

Like all newspapers the Chronicle create stories to fill column inches. These originate from other publications from home and abroad, rumours leaked by agents, and sometimes they react to what they see as public opinion. The one thing I'm pretty sure of is that the transfer speculation they area printing isn't coming from inside the club.

At one time they were the place to go to find out what was happening at NUFC, but those days are gone. Now the Chronicle is filled with 'surveys', 'answering' queries posted by 'fans' and most annoyingly publishing opinions from 'pundits' who generally live outside of the area and merely tell us repeatedly what we as supporters already know. I couldn't care less about the opinions of Quinn, Lee, Pav, Solano et al..., the saddest thing is they often get an airing on this site.

In short don't believe any newspaper, especially the copy and paste merchants at the Chronicle.

Toonbadger
Toonbadger

All made up stories because as we all know the "club" doesn`t talk to the Ronnie Gill and Ryder and chums only know how to copy and paste.

The club is a joke and Fat Mick is a tight@rse

Ryders_English
Ryders_English

I'd suggest that Lee Ryder actually knows LESS than he's letting on.

Grrrbby
Grrrbby

@Ryders_English They all know nothing. None of the papers do. They write utter tripe, everyday a new player is linked. They change their minds about Austin every other day, we're signing him, now we're not etc, etc. Boring.