I Can See Light At The End of The Tunnel For Newcastle United
Stand up if you can see the light!
Ok, I admit that I am in a minority here but I can actually see a flicker of hope in our season so far. What pills am I on, I hear you ask?
Well maybe I am just deluded but I really believe that our team this season is significantly better than at the end of the last campaign and we will not be flirting with relegation, nor of course will we be competing for the Champions League places.
I am far from his biggest fan but forgetting the abysmal Southampton performance, it is clear that the players rate Pardew and want to play for him. While one of our biggest character flaws under his stewardship has always been the fact that once behind, we could never come back – with no real ‘plan B’, and yet the last two games have proved that there is some much needed backbone in the team.
Those of you that watched the Man City and Aston Vila games as well as the potential “banana skin” away at Gillingham, must surely agree that all we were lacking is some firepower up front.
I know that we are all rightly disappointed not to have signed a proven goal scorer in the summer, but what if Cisse stays fit and rediscovers his form, and what if Adam Armstrong really does become the next exciting England prospect?
For me Riviere looks like he is finally getting used to the pace of the Premier League and I really do believe that Cabella will get there too. Both of these players really excite me and whilst on his day Ben Arfa could be world class, his days were too few and far between.
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In Krul, we have one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe, Siem De Jong, Janmaat and Colback will prove to be great signings and you never know, Tiote might get back to his best form.
Do I wish that we still had Cabaye, yes of course I do, just like I wish that we had Remy, Ba etc. but are we really saying that we should force players to see out their contract when they want to leave?
I would love it if Ashley sold the club to a rich Arab/Russian, preferably one that does not believe in financial fair play, but guess what, I reckon Ashley would like that too.
Until that happens however we are stuck with each other, mid-table players, average manager and the best that we can hope for is a respectable 8th or 9th in the Premier League and if Pardew has learned from his mistake of last season, a decent cup run!
If we get to lift a cup…and we surely must at some point in my lifetime, then all of this early season run will have been forgotten!
Howay the lads!
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