Alan Pardew admits the 11 on winning run wouldn’t have been his choice
Alan Pardew has admitted that the players who have delivered the uplifting run in the last few weeks, wouldn’t have been his choice when he set out at the start of the season.
The Newcastle manager acknowledging that half the players he saw as first teamers when the first match kicked off, aren’t the ones responsible for the turnaround in fortunes, at least in the short-term.
“I’d have been surprised to name this team at the start of the season, but the younger players have been magnificent, I have leant on them and they have worked hard in the background all this time and we are getting our rewards.”
Injuries intervening in Pardew’s favour and forcing change, as well as players who were so out of form that even their manager had to bite the bullet and drop them because they weren’t performing.
Newcastle played Manchester City with this starting eleven in our first match of the season;
Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback, Anita, Sissoko, Cabella, Gouffran, Riviere
Williamson went out of the team through injury and Steven Taylor has remarkably won every match he has started in both the Cup and Premier League. When it comes to the defence you could maybe argue that Santon would have played instead of Paul Dummett but the Geordie full-back has been one of the positives of this recent run.
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It is in the midfield and forward positions though, where it is clear that Alan Pardew has got really lucky in terms of playing players who he never saw as first choice, only for them to save potentially his job and Newcastle’s season.
Out of the front six that started against Man City; Riviere, Gouffran, Anita and Cabella were all dropped with their replacements surprising Pardew more than anybody else.
Cabella has played a peripheral part in the recent wins while of course Siem De Jong would have found a space in the starting eleven but at whose expense we don’t know.
I honestly don’t think Papiss Cisse would have started ahead of Emmanuel Riviere and indeed I don’t think there is little doubt that the Senegal striker would have been sold in the summer if he hadn’t been injured. Cisse having been marginalised by Alan Pardew last season, played out of position and even sitting on the bench while Shola played!
However, Alan Pardew says he is sticking to his ‘philosophy’, whatever that is;
“You have to keep believing in what you are doing – the philosophy of the team hasn’t changed too much.”
What I do know is that sometimes it is better to have a lucky manager than a decent one and Pardew is certainly that at the moment!
Remarkably Newcastle United could even find themselves top four if they beat QPR, read HERE to see how.
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