Everybody Connected To Newcastle United Needs A Reality Check
I hate to be the the one to burst the black and white balloon but I think a lot of people are getting carried away with the European adventure and ignoring the uncomfortable reality of our Premier league position.
Wigan are currently third bottom and if they beat Norwich at home today then they are very likely to be three points behind Newcastle with a game in hand, unless we pick up an unlikely result at Manchester City.
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Add in the fact that we have key players such as Coloccini, Krul, Debuchy, Santon, Tiote and Ben Arfa all missing, that arguably is more than half of our current first choice eleven.
I’m not panicking quite yet but unless we get a few of those players back on the pitch then we could be in for some tense times.
While performances have clearly picked up since the January arrivals, in no way are we clear of danger, yet, but when the latest financial figures were released, everybody, including Derek Llamabias, were talking about the extra broadcasting riches as though they were already in the bag.
Unless we get a most unlikely win today then I think we’re in for a tricky two weeks as the Benfica matches have fallen right next to arguably the two ‘easiest’ matches we have left.
Despite encouraging noises from Alan Pardew, I wouldn’t be surprised to see those players available for the City match having to also take on Benfica over the two legs AND the vital home matches with Fulham and the mackems.
That last minute handball assisted defeat at Wigan means we are six instead of nine points clear of them going into today’s matches, it goes without saying that we just can’t allow that horrible day at Wigan to have a real lasting damaging effect on Newcastle United’s future.
The Premier League is our reality and our priority, anybody who believes otherwise is seriously mistaken.
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