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Newcastle Fans – Feel Free To Panic In January

6 years ago
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Three points so far this season sucks but the squad is not as hopeless and thin as it is being made out to be by many Newcastle fans.

There is genuine competition for practically all positions.

We have two very decent goalkeepers. No problems there.

Full-back options are a strong point. Janmaat looks quite serviceable and Dummett and Haidara look much improved. Santon shouldn’t have an easy fight for his place when he is fit.

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There is hypothetical competition for centre-back with Taylor and Williamson battling for a place alongside Colo.  This, for me, has been our weakest position for years, and if we buy one player in January it must be a defender.  Ideally the player we buy should be even better than Colo.

Competition in midfield is stiff with Colback, Tiote, Sissoko, Anita, and De Jong, when he returns, fighting for places.  I don’t see a role for Abeid opening up.  I don’t even see a role for Anita, a player relied on so heavily last season.

Out wide we have Gouffran, Cabella, Aarons, Obertan and Ameobi all fighting for a place in the team.

Up front Riviere, Cisse, and Armstrong all look capable of putting it in the net.

It is not a pathetic squad.

Pardew has left me scratching my head with some of his selections and formations this season but five games isn’t excessive to allow him to figure things out.  He had a lot of new players to get to play well together.  LVG is still figuring things out in Manchester with a team of all stars.

We need to start getting results now.  If we do, I will support Alan Pardew’s position.  If we don’t, he must go.

I would be surprised if we were facing a relegation battle come January.  Newcastle fans should feel free to panic then.

For now, it is time to get behind the team.

Howay the lads.

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