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Obertan, Sammy and Pardew team talks are simply blips on downward spiral

7 years ago

I find it really strange that despite paying my money and vocally supporting Newcastle on the match day, I can still be accused of not being a proper fan because I speak out (in between matches) about the demolition of the club brick by brick by Mike Ashley and his minions.

I accept that like those who do graffiti, a small collection of the club’s PR department, the deluded and those who just like to argue that black & white is really white & black, can put up a decent amount of pro-Ashley propaganda in comments etc.

I also love it (absolutely love it) when these people grasp on to one piece of positivity and claim this as ‘proof’ that we (normal people) are all wrong and now we are having to eat our words.

I have watched Sammy Ameobi in pretty much all of his games (not a lot I grant you but that tells you everything as well) for Newcastle over the years and he is hopeless. Yes he has a little bit of ability but scoring his first ever Premier League goal when almost 23 years of age is not ‘proof’ that us Ameobi doubters have got it wrong. He will be back to his usual average/poor self in the matches to come – not because us ‘haters’ want that to happen but because he is a one trick pony who is not a Premier League player.

Or what about Alan Pardew and his legendary inspirational half-time team talks. Apparently the Newcastle manager had harsh words with his team and this supposedly helped them come back and beat Spurs. If this is the case why has Pardew kept this talent hidden for so long? Sunday is simply the exception that proves the rule, ever since he arrived at St.James’ Park we always know that if the team are behind at half-time then they will not win and will almost certainly get beat.

Next exhibit is Gabriel Obertan. If ever we (the normal people) wanted our own proof of how wafer thin this grasping at straws is, then look no further. For everybody looking at just how brilliant Newcastle were at Spurs, what about Obertan getting dragged off after a shocker of a first-half, the player who was allegedly Newcastle’s saviour after having one good game against Leicester and scoring his first ever Premier League goal in over three years at St.James’ Park?

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How about Alan Pardew and his canny substitutions? Even Pardew could see Obertan and Anita were absolutely useless at Spurs, while when picking Sammy and Cabella to come on, it wasn’t like he was exactly spoilt for choice. Similarly bringing Cisse on at two down against Hull, due to Mike Ashley’s reduction of investment and quality in the squad, what other options are there?

All the above is not character assassination it is just reality; Alan Pardew, Sammy Ameobi and Gabriel Obertan are not the future of Newcastle United. We are simply stuck with them and we have to hope that they have some further contribution to make before they leave, we can’t rely on them – the last three or four years tells us that in each of their cases.

Simply put – Newcastle United have had the luck recently, particularly in the wins over Leicester and Spurs.

Sammy and Obertan have scored a goal each and played a little bit good at times in recent matches, while Pardew has made a few substitutions that have worked out and managed to not further demoralise the players at half-time as usually appears to be the case.

For that I am grateful, as we all are for any crumbs at the moment.

Of course I’d love any or all of these to suddenly be massive successes, why wouldn’t I? However, that is not the real world, Alan Pardew is not a Premier League manager and Obertan/Ameobi are not Premier League players.

We all hope that lightning will strike again but our brains tell us otherwise. Newcastle United have to battle on with what they’ve got at the moment but unless other big positives happen at the club, starting with the January window, the downward spiral will sadly simply continue.


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