Pellegrini, Rodgers and Wenger should be looking worried…
Two points between Newcastle United and fourth place after 11 games.
I said after six games that it was too early to tell what we were going to be like this season. Many agreed, some disagreed. It’s still too early but I’d rather be in our position than the current bottom four. It can all change very quickly again but the way the team played today against West Brom showed that we have a squad that can do well.
It wasn’t pretty but Ayoze Perez summed the team up in the first half for me. Not a great deal came off but he ran and ran, harried their defenders into making quick, poor passes, got stuck in when he could, never gave up and deserved his goal just before half-time with a brilliant, cheeky finish after a great cross by Janmaat.
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The back four were well organised, playing deep again to stop West Brom getting behind them. The midfield worked hard and Sissoko, again, looked strong. We looked like a team who are hard to break down, with a good shape, that is very fluid, with pace in attack.
Coloccini scored a great header from an even better Janmaat cross and the Toon Army went wild behind the goal at the Smethwick End. The team spirit is fantastic and we can win dirty, which is something we haven’t been able to do for a long time.
If it’s true that Ashley will be leaving at the end of next season, which will coincide with Rangers more than likely qualifying for Europe. Then we can hopefully get an owner who will build on the financial stability Newcastle now have and add some of the money needed to start competing properly for Europe and cups.
I know there’s a lot of work still to be done but if we can keep a settled side, bring in another striker and keep our main players fit, then we may surprise a few after a really poor start.
On level points with Man Utd and the hundreds of millions they’ve spent, with one of the most respected coaches in the world at the helm, looks good to me.
I wonder what any football fans from abroad, looking at the table now would think!
It seems to me that it’s Pellegrini, Rodgers and Wenger who should be looking worried in respect of their jobs, because it’s quite obvious that they’ve turned into terrible coaches almost overnight!
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