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Newcastle United ‘Hardest Team To Predict In Entire League’

5 years ago
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As we know, everybody has an opinion on Newcastle United but so many football pundits/experts get it so wrong.

However, ex-Arsenal/England central defender seems to have a decent idea on the situation at St.James’ Park and has given a great summary of where we currently stand going into the new season.

newcastle unitedKeown points to the Haten Ben Arfa situation as a big black mark at the club, while he also points out Alan Pardew’s problems in imposing discipline  due to his own behaviour.

However, where he really hits the nail on the head is when he describes Newcastle as the;

“Hardest team to predict in entire league.”

In his club by club guide for the Mail, Keown points to United’s season rising or falling on the back of a number of foreign signings unproven in the country – Ferreyra, Riviere, De Jong, Janmaat, Perez, Cabella are all unknown quantities when it comes to the action really starting.

This season could very well be value for money success, or bargain priced failure.

Martin Keown’s verdict;

Story of the summer

After not spending a penny last summer, Mike Ashley has loosened the purse strings at St. James’ Park. In come six new faces including two Dutchmen and a couple of by-now typical Frenchmen on Tyneside.

Manager’s main challenge

Avoiding the serial soap opera that regularly engulfs the club. After the Joe Kinnear saga, back-to-back derby defeats against Sunderland and 14 losses in their last 20 games Pardew will want some stability. Though it would help if he didn’t headbutt opposition players.

Hiccups on the horizon

A tricky spring fixture list. In the space of eight games from February, Newcastle face Man City, Man United, Everton, Arsenal, an away derby at Sunderland, Liverpool and Tottenham.

Keown’s key man

Facundo Ferreyra needs to give them the goals they couldn’t find last season. Such a shame that Hatem Ben Arfa has no place in Pardew’s plans.

Keown’s verdict

Need a quick start to erase memory of their dreadful form at the end of last season. Otherwise Pardew could come under pressure. Hardest team to predict in the entire league. Their signings are unproven in this country. We’ll see how good his scouting system is…

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