Alan Pardew goes for broke with Cabaye and Ben Arfa both starting in an ultra attacking line-up of Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Guthrie, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Best, Shola Ameobi.
Alan Pardew on Mike Ashley, “Put yourself in his position and look at the value he has had for his money. Some of the signings for this club, some of the faith he has put in people and has not been repaid. That would make you wary as well”.
So sit back and enjoy the games as a kind of alternative European Championships without all the nonsense you have to put up with surrounding the England circus.
I’d rather see our three African representatives showcasing their talents and whetting our appetites for their return, a canny African Nations campaign will see them return as happy players and ready for the fight in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew; “The priority for me is Coloccini’s new contract and one or two others. We are focused on that because we want to keep our best players. He is our captain and I want to keep him. Negotiations are due to restart shortly”.