Yesterday was the first time we’d head from Alan Pardew for almost a month but to be honest I feel now like I’m reliving last season’s bumpy rollercoaster and it isn’t an enjoyable ride.

Back in the groove, the manager is throwing out the quotes right, left and centre and unsurprisingly it has woken up the Newcastle reporting journalists from their summer naps.

Britain Soccer Newcastle UnitedOne of the manager’s latest  set of comments to the Shields Gazette surrounds the forward (scoring goals) situation;

“Both of those players (Remy and Bent) are on our list, I make no bones about that, but they’re under contract at other clubs. It is difficult, you have to be careful.

It is nice for our fans to hear names but I don’t want to disrupt other clubs’ preparations. We’ve a list of 4 or 5 strikers who’ll push Cisse, Shola, Adam Campbell and Yoan Gouffran because that will be important next season.

We do need two strikers and last year I didn’t think there was enough competition in that area for a Premier League team.”

This does make me think of last season and a lot of the rubbish Alan Pardew ended up talking in the void created by a lack of action from those above him.

These latest comments contain;

A little bit of bait/hope with a couple of strike targets named – ‘Remy and Bent’.

A bit of patronising patter – how it is ‘nice for our (simple) fans to hear names’.

Spelling out how desperate the situation is – ‘We do need two strikers…last year I didn’t think there was enough competition’.

Then the more depressing usual unconvincing spin of trying to get away with thinking we are all stupid – ‘…push Cisse, Shola, Adam Cambell and Yoan Gouffran’. You cannot include Campbell as a first team player, he is totally unproven and hasn’t come close to scoring a goal on his brief appearances. That doesn’t mean I think he (Cambell) is hopeless, it just means that an untried kid can’t have that kind of expectation/responsibility put on him, anything he contributes next season must be seen as a very welcome bonus.

As for Shola…surely the game is up, this is a striker who has scored 3 Premier League goals in two years, you can’t keep going around claiming that he is within a million miles of being able to play up front in the Premier League and is in any way an adequate fill in for Cisse or any other credible forward Newcastle sign. Just answer this; what type of club would Shola end up at if somebody took him off our hands? One thing for sure is that it wouldn’t be a Premier League one.

 

10 comments
DownUnderMag
DownUnderMag

Think it is taking longer than expected to iron out the kinks, specifically getting the players used to actually playing football again rather than Pardew's patented hoofball!

It's also worth noting that we are playing completely silly lineups.  The defence against York will be nothing like it will be against Southampton come opening day.  It definitely shows our lack of quality in depth,but when you look at it, we had no Colocini, Taylor, Krul, Sissoko, Gini, Colback or Cisse playing and i'm pretty sure De jong, Aarons and Mitrovic are all just playing to get fitness levels back to where they need to be.  

If we get Mbemba on board and perhaps another defender and a creative player (or another link up forward) I suspect we will have a reasonable first choice team for the season.  

The vast majority of fans also need to realise this is a rebuild season, and that three players aren't going to suddenly see us vying for the title. 

PhilYare
PhilYare

if people dont think this is alarming they are clueless. pre-season games are an excellent indicator of how you are going to start the season... at the moment we are arent better than lower league sides

Nic Mayer
Nic Mayer

I wouldn't risk our big names at York two weeks from the start of the season

mactoon
mactoon

He can use this fixture to see players he hasn't seen in a game situation. He is new to the club and doesn't know what his squad can do. I can't see any problem with playing fringe players and Mitrovic before the weekend game when he can play a stronger 11 close to the ones he will start with. What is the problem?

PhilYare
PhilYare

@mactoon but york city are in the same situation in their preperations yet they can still easily beat us. everyone is trying out new players, formations etc but we keep losing - problem

1957
1957

Another non story telling us things we already know, mainly Carver was an idiot.

But seriously clubs often play 3 games in a week at the end of pre season, it's about giving as many players as possible game time with the intention of sending as near to your best team out in the final one.

geordiedave53
geordiedave53

Its a good idea to play fringe players, especially in a friendly gives McClaren another chance to asses everybody

Hughie
Hughie

Stupid article once again. Mclaren and co are still assessing players, and particularly some of those underused or not tried by the previous managers/coaches. Some people want to latch onto the least glimmer of negativity!! Give up John and stick to the day job if you've got one!!

Artie Fufkin
Artie Fufkin

More whining, they are playing games to get match fitness for the whole squad. Man u & Chelsea are still in the US, still playing the whole squad over there. 


The people who write this have seemingly never seen a pre-season game not played any level of football

jimblag
jimblag

Why didn't SM just play reserves and a few sub appearances for first teamers against sheff United to rest them then play a stronger team tonight? It probably isn't ideal but there's no point in blaming what can't be changed. JC is an idiot but we should just be glad he can't inflict further damage upon us.