Newcastle – Top Of The Defence League Again?
I think this season is crucial, though isn’t every season when you follow the Mags!! As far as my expectations reach I would be happy for a top 6 finish and one good cup run, we need to look at the cups and determine which will be the best for our development players and also make sure we don’t overstretch ourselves where we find our squad isn’t big enough/has enough quality in depth….
On the pitch, the ‘top’ 6 clubs will try and add more quality to squads but in my opinion we already have the quality and just need to get cover for certain positions if and when we get that injury.
Financially: Good run in Europe will help boost the coffers and also the ‘Brand’. We need to promote the club more in Europe, out here in Spain where I’m currently living, when I’m talking to the locals they always mention Big Al (Which is nice as he’s a legend) but we need them talking about our current crop.
I think if Krul, Tiote and Steven Taylor have good seasons then we can be fairly confident… Krul has the potential to be one of the best in the world.
He’s young and can read the game like a keeper with experience of 30 years. Tiote is vital, he proved that last season. He can run for fun, loves a challenge and he wants to play for us. Taylor, if we can keep Taylor fit and playing the majority of games alongside Colo then it showed in the early part of last season that the defence was very solid (The best in the league early doors), keep him fit and we’re in good shape.
Champions League place over winning a trophy?
NO!!!! For me another season in the Europa League would do us good, financially Champions League is the Holy Grail but from a fans’ perspective I think that another in the EL gaining more experience in Europe plus a FA Cup win would be fantastic. I know that players want to play in the Champions League but Pards and Cashley need to make sure they have put down a 5 year plan and vocalise it to the players.
I am not a fan of the transfer window or the media rumours as this is detrimental to the game. Agents work on rumours and look to increase valuations of average players. We could do with another Centre Back, Left or Right Back, a Winger who can play either side (As Obertan is not the answer) and another option up front.
As for losing any of our best players – NO!! They don’t want to go….. I know money talks but they seem happy and enjoying football and the North East.
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