Newcastle Players World Cup Dreams Now Shattered
When France beat the Ukraine it was supposed to be the catalyst to inspire and help ensure Newcastle players World Cup dreams would be realised.
Yohan Cabaye was recalled by Didier Deschamps for the crucial play-off and didn’t disappoint, although he was so inspired by the qualification that he immediately left Newcastle United!
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What about those he left behind though?
Well by my reckoning, the Newcastle players who stood any chance of World Cup duty were Krul, Debuchy, Sissoko, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Mapou, Remy, Coloccini, Shola, Santon and Anita, so how do they stand now?
Sissoko – Hopefully he will still make it but in recent times he’s been played all over the place and not looked great in any of them. I doubt Sissoko will be very forgiving to Pardew if he ends up missing Brazil due to the way he’s been messed about by the manager.
Krul – Once a certainty for Brazil, Krul needs to be careful because Holland are so strong in his position, should still be ok but has to ensure he impresses in next 12 matches.
Debuchy – Been Newcastle’s best player and will be in France’s squad.
Tiote – Should already have his suitcase packed.
Ben Arfa – A combination of his own failings and a manager who doesn’t seem to have a clue how to manage him, more chance of me making the French squad.
Mapou – Arrived at Newcastle as a French squad player who was expected to grow as a player in England, now more likely to be growing flowers this summer than make it to Brazil. Another player who will be looking at Pardew as well as hopefully looking in the mirror as well.
Remy – His early Newcastle form and goals got him back in the French squad but with so much competition up front for France, Remy surely must finish the season well to make it to the World Cup finals. A spin of the coin for him at the moment.
Coloccini – Decent but unspectacular form, Colo will have to get back on the pitch for Newcastle rather than being regularly injured and in Argentina if he is to feature on (kind of) home territory this summer.
Shola – Bizarrely, a striker who hasn’t scored a league goal since December 2012 is more than likely still going to Brazil, even Pardew has recently stopped selecting him and when he has had the odd chance he’s looked abysmal.
Santon – Brought in from the cold and played a full international match a year ago. After looking good earlier in the season he has fallen apart recently and after Pardew bizarrely bigged him up after a poor showing in midfield, he then maybe even more bizarrely pushed him back to left-back against Spurs where he had a nightmare. The Chronicle later revealing that Pardew was considering taking him off during the first half and then when he did substitute him at half-time, the Italian stormed out of the ground.
Anita – Zero chance, is an international but despite now playing regularly, looks a million miles away from the standard needed for the Dutch squad. Played one ninety minutes for Holland but that was 4 years ago, looks totally out of his depth playing in Premier League.
By my reckoning, the players now fall into the following categories;
Sure Things – Tiote, Debuchy
Chances But Work To Do – Sissoko, Krul, Coloccini, Remy
Bizarrely Very Likely – Shola
No Chance – Ben Arfa, Mapou, Santon, Anita
How the fallout from world cup (non-)selection impacts on Newcastle United remains to be seen but as it stands now, I can’t see some of our better players being too impressed if they don’t make the plane to Brazil and are looking for somebody else to blame..
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