Alan Pardew Believes His Changing Tactics Can Give Newcastle An Advantage
Alan Pardew believes that by changing personnel and playing style throughout the coming Premier League season can help give Newcastle and advantage over the competition.
The Newcastle manager envisages that by swapping around his attacking options in particular, it will stop United being too predictable and will keep the opposition guessing.
“It will be interesting as we have got nice options, we can face the season with a team that can change.
“The problem in the Premier League is if you play the same team week-in week-out against the top teams, we won’t ever gain an advantage.
“They have got greater funds, more experience and greater depth.
“We have to be fluid and change sometimes but we need the options to change. Late last year in particular and in the Europa League season, I did not have those offensive options.
“I have Siem, Riviere, Gouff, Moussa, Canella and also maybe Rolando (Aarons) and (Adam) Armstrong – fingers crossed they can get to a level where they can affect Premier League games.
“…and also Papiss when he is back fit.”
I notice Alan Pardew has stopped short of claiming he has more/better attacking options than the season Newcastle finished fifth, though he has already this summer claimed that Cabella, De Jong and Riviere will threaten any defence.
That 2011/12 season featured Cabaye, Ba, Cisse and Ben Arfa all reaching great heights, especially with their finishing, though they didn’t all necessarily fire all together, with Cisse not arriving until February and Hatem Ben Arfa having most influence after Christmas.
I still think that Newcastle have a massive gap in the team that needs to be filled by a quality striker, without that signing then the rest of the players will find it so much tougher.
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