Oct
3
2011

Seamless Soar So Far

Two months into the Premier League season and the Magpies remain unbeaten and are perched in third position as of the beginning of October (4th currently). However a few questions may be asked, is this due to Alan Pardew’s managerial prowess or possibly a fluttering away of previous contenders such as Arsenal and Everton. Pardew certainly cleaned out the closet and removed the tweeting and boozing personalities from the club and has built a solid structure from the defence upwards. His man management abilities have been praised by former bad-boy Davide Santon and sublime talent Yohan Cabaye. Yet have the magpies been truly tested by a footballing power house so far this season? This is a question which will be answered in the coming weeks with games against Tottenham, Man City and Man Utd, all established teams in the territory where the Magpies now find themselves.

Demba Ba & Leon Best

Demba Ba & Leon Best

The emergence of Demba Ba and Leon Best as a strike partnership has proven effective against mid to lower table opposition but can this duo inflict fear into the like of John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Kolo Toure.

Its important to not get carried away, we yearn for success and we crave to be the club we know we can be but we can only take each game as they come and hope for the best. Injuries will affect our squad as will the loss of Tiote to bookings and players to the upcoming African Cup of Nations (January 21st 2012 up to February 12th), if this team is hovering around the top six in another two months time then Ashley really has to take a step back and acknowledge that this team has a vast amount of potential. Until then lets hope we ruffle many more feathers and prove to the British and European public that Newcastle United are and will be a force to be reckoned with in club football.

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About the Author: James P Mahon

James is a former radio Dj with Party 934 & Flirt FM 101.3 in Ireland & has TV presented with News2day on RTE 2 as well as the recent documentary Dingle to LA. He was a writer for Sin newspaper and the Chesterfield Post and is general manager of record label COAL Records Ltd for Tribal Talent Ireland. As well as being a die hard magpie he also writes regularly to www.jamespmahon.com and hosts an online chat show on Youtube.com/JPMTVUK. He is currently studying a masters in broadcast journalism at the University of Sheffield and has appeared as a guest on BBC Radio, Blogtalkradio NYC and ForgeRadio: Twitter= @jamesPmahon

3 Comments + Add Comment

  • Nice one, James.
    Yeah, we can hope.
    No doubt injuries and that flamin’ African Cup Whatsits will hurt us, as it will others with bigger squads. We have some great kids coming through, too. Hopefully they can take up the slack.
    Gosling too needs a few first team games under his belt, not the occasional League Cup game or substitution. Having them all contributing is great, but I think we’re all waiting for the crash, and hoping it either doesn’t arrive or is limited in it’s effect.
    Injuries etc are going to happen. We can hope that it won’t be so bad as he dreaded, and the start has been much better than we could have hoped. And this breeds confidence, and has a knock on effect on those replacing injured players too.
    I look on it as 27 points needed to be safe still needed from remaining 31 games.
    Also – first time we have beaten Wolves at Molyneux in top league since 50′s. – the last decade we actually won a domestic trophy ! Good omen, perhaps ?
    We’re overdue a trophy by DECADES itself.

  • ….. “Former bad boy Davide Santon” Where did that come from. Tell me more…..

  • thank you Phil K,
    good point Tony Toon, a colleague of mine in Italy mentioned when Davide signed for newcastle that the young Santon has a quiet inflated image of himself and has a propensity to be quite divo like and hot headed with managers and staff after being heralded as the New Maldini by Mourinho. I am sure he will be more than professional and a valued team player with a squad that boasts personalities such as Alan Smith and Ben Arfa, and a club that has dealt with Barton, Bowyer, Dyer, Bellamy and Carroll.

    I look forward to the games ahead and am slightly concerned with Demba Ba and Tiote having African Nations Cup duty,

    Thank you both for your comments, new article up this coming Sunday,

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