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Newcastle United – Working Towards The 5 Year Plan

8 years ago
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As we all know, it can be dangerous to expect too much, too soon. Following a fantastic 5th place finish last season, there’s no reason why we can be there or thereabouts come May 2013. However, I think we’ll have a much tougher campaign. The likes of Spurs, Liverpool and even Everton will be much sharper units this coming season and will provide a stern challenge for a Top 6 place.

A solid Premier League campaign, and an entertaining European adventure would satisfy me. Top 8 in the league and perhaps the last 16 in Europe are two possibilities in my book. .

What marks success at Newcastle United? Last season’s performances certainly qualified above and beyond that.

This season – as much as it might be a contrast to some supporters – I just want to see NUFC working towards its 5 year plan. Financial stability, player development etc. A season similar to last year’s campaign, or even a little less, will do me just fine.

Failure? Dropping out of the Top 10, an early European exit and the departure of some of our key players. It’s imperative that we remain positive throughout the season.

The three Newcastle players I see as the most important are;

Yohan Cabaye – Exceptional midfielder. Dictates midfield and sets the pace when he wants. Has a fantastic passing range as we saw against Stoke last season and can score goals too, as we witnessed at Euro 2012 and indeed in the Premier League.

Losing him would be a massive blow, but he doesn’t want to leave so there’s nothing to worry about. In fact, he wants Debuchy to join him at NUFC, so that speaks for itself. Huge piece of NUFC’s puzzle.

Fabricio Coloccini – One of the best CBs in the Premier League. For a guy who isn’t blessed with height, he has proven himself to be one of the most talented defenders in the league. He organises the other three defenders so well and his composure on the ball is second to none. He is equally as important as Yohan and without him NUFC aren’t as fluid as they’d like to be.

Papiss Cissé – Finisher. What a signing this guy has been. I don’t need to explain his goals to you as readers but as we saw since January; this guy can literally score from anywhere! It was between him, Ba, and Tioté for my third most important player at NUFC but I opted for the former Freiburg man because he’s the type of striker that can hit double figures in a season without much service.

He’s a goal machine, and those goals, both in Europe and domestically will be crucial!

Champions League place over winning a trophy?

Nope. I’d take 5th spot and the FA Cup. A team’s name on silverware lasts a lifetime. Being a competitor in a European competition isn’t something that’ll go down in folklore.

Transfer Rumours/Action?

Surprisingly I’m not that worried about what we’ve done. As I’ve written over at TyneTime, I get the feeling Alan Pardew isn’t too stressed if they don’t make their desired breakthroughs in the window. After all, he has the likes of Marveaux and the all-important Steven Taylor coming back which will prove to have the same impact of two new signings.

If Anita comes in all good and well, he’ll prove to be a good signing no doubt. The same might go for Mathieu Debuchy. Either way, I’m not too fussed. In Carr we trust!

Worried About Losing any Elite Players In This Window

Not at all. It’s unlikely (touch wood) that any of our star men will leave this summer. Frankly, because they believe in what Alan Pardew is trying to achieve. Why would the likes of Tioté/Cabaye/Ba/Cissé/Krul want to leave a team with huge ambition and more importantly – who’s going to trigger their ridiculous price-tag? Liverpool aren’t tempting for any of our players, Chelsea’s squad is already packed full of talent while Arsenal are more concerned with the Robin van Persie scenario than looking towards Tyneside for potential recruitments.

Manchester United on the other hand, well they don’t seem to have the money to afford any of our key men.

We’ve nothing to be worried about because we know, if any of our men leave, it’ll be for huge money and I have good faith in our scouting team that they can fill the potential voids with very capable replacements. That’s before I even mention our youth prospects…

Thanks to Kevin Doocey, founder of Newcastle United blog TyneTime & Football Digest

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