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Good…But No Cigar

8 years ago

What a week; four new signings to go with the early January capture of Mathieu Debuchy, activity as welcome as it was surprising.

However, I get the feeling that a fair few fans have already got their feet up smoking a big fat cigar, celebrating Newcastle making any relegation worries past history.

Strengthening the squad was absolutely essential, the dismal late surrender against Reading proving once and for all that Newcastle United have walked a tightrope this season every time they’ve had to call upon our ‘squad’.

Expecting new signings to instantly fit in, is always a challenge, especially in the January transfer window. Stepping up to a more competitive league also ramps up the pressure, even more so when you are arriving in the middle of a relegation fight.

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Supporters have to be prepared for more possible short-term pain and to keep with the players, old and new, as they get to know each other.

That Reading match could have been ideal to give the new players a more gentle introduction and potentially to help us close out the game, possibly from the bench.

Instead Newcastle face an away six-pointer at Villa followed by Chelsea and Spurs. A Europa League double header afterwards but at least in league terms that will give them a decent two week relief before Southampton at home begins the run of twelve league matches to finish the season.

The next few weeks may be an even bigger test for fans’ loyalty and commitment after getting carried along on the signing euphoria.

The season starts here for all of us.

NUFC to beat Villa 9/5
Cisse to score first goal 9/2
NUFC to win 2-0 17/1

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