Is there better to come?

Ryan Taylor, OVER THE WALL
After a great start to the 2011/12 campaign, the Newcastle United squad can take a well deserved rest during the international break. But the question here is, can they build on the foundations they have built when they return?

Seven points out of nine, a derby win, and progression to round two of the League Cup, things can’t get much better can they? Well yes, they can.

It is evident that the team has started to blend together, and after a solid game from Yohan Cabaye I think we can safely say that Kevin Nolan’s role has been filled. However after watching the first four games I have been left thinking that it could have been even better.

The Arsenal game did nothing but prove lighting doesn’t strike twice in the same place, and Joey Barton is one to talk when it comes to fashion sense, but in the end the lads did well to keep a clean sheet against a strong Arsenal attack.

But then it was Sunderland and, to be honest, they were unlucky with a few efforts. That game helped Tim Krul to claim his place between the posts for Newcastle, but the major positives to come from that game were that; the defence kept a strong line and held their position, and obviously, we won. I also think it’s worth noting that Jonas Gutierrez looks physically stronger this year, and that is probably due to his pre-season training regime.

And after a decent run out and 1-2 victory against Scunthorpe, Fulham were next up challenging the lads. Considering they hadn’t scored so far and we hadn’t conceded it was unlikely to turn into a game like the Man United – Arsenal affair. It was always going to be tight. Newcastle had a solid game, kept their position, and Leon Best took his chance with two poacher like goals. A 2-1 win with a nerve-wracking end, and again a great performance from Tim Krul.

The thing is, we haven’t played great in any of these matches, but have won three and drawn one, and ‘they’ say that the best teams win even when they have a poor game. Not that they were poor games, just not convincing performances.

I believe if Newcastle play to their full potential, we can not just beat teams, but give them a good footballing lesson, but it will take time. This team has potential, it’s just now they have to start realising it.

Any opinion’s welcome.

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36 thoughts on “Is there better to come?

  1. Perhaps this is karma for all the “played well unlucky to lose/draw” games of last season. Will be interesting to see our results once we gel.

    Santon medical as we speak according to widespread reports.


  2. to the sound of the Automatic

    “what that coming over the hill, its a butt-cheek”

    yes Troy, prepare your pants for come-down.. a forward and your ass is ours.. πŸ˜€


  3. @SolanosTrumpet

    he’s in L’don having a medical. Newcastle is too cold. get it done in the south where the weather is warmer. Once done, head North for the wintry hills of Newcastle. Don’t want to put him off πŸ˜‰


  4. Colo will speak Italian won’t he?

    Can’t believe Santon signing (if it comes off) Great one for the future, no doubt we’ll make millions out of him in a couple of years.

    Really pleased, although not sure he’s ready to step in straight away and am concerned fans will get on his back too quickly.


  5. we have been linked 2 about 4 players in the last 2 hours..mariga coming in..if they sign gradel..but some or saying we or inadvance stage to sign gradel..elliot chorlton goalkeeper having medical..i thought them 2 clubs reported us..and know wont 2 sell 2 us..whats going on..has ashley dropped his wallet..


  6. no looks a top player..strong fast and scores goals and young..but dont we need 2 apply for a work visa for got see this happening..becasue we might leave it 2 late..


  7. doitforsirbobby
    August 30, 2011 at 12:09

    does anyone else think this maiga fella looks crap?

    never watched him play in my life!! seen clips on youtube of himbut cant judge him from that!! if carr has seen summit in him then i will leave it to him!!


  8. Batty….wot ya doing wi Moreno? πŸ˜†

    Agree…Moreno, would like to get an experienced left back and get Santon brought in slowly.


  9. lee_ryderLee Ryder
    Santon donning #nufc training gear at Benton
    2 minutes ago
    ee_ryderLee Ryder
    Santon and Elliot in then #nufc


  10. Good article Louis and I think there will be more to come from this team as players settle in , get some match sharpness. Good times a head me thinks.

    Agree with Moreno @ 6 ,If Santon signs he is going to need time to settle n adapt , hopefully fans give him a chance and not use him to complain about Ashley , that we havent signed good enough players.


  11. rich @ 16 were hanging aroond hoping too bump into too fat ash so we can turn his pockets oot 35 mill πŸ˜†


  12. If we get him I will give him time to settle, but from what little I have seen of him I dont think he will need that much time. But I will wait untill he is getting his pic took with Pards and Lambsarse before I believe it.


  13. Great article – really balanced.

    Santon looking good, and thank gawd Raylor’s done so well for us so we can afford to give the lad some bedding-in time.

    Not sure about the striker situation, mind – that always was going to be the problem area; it is for all clubs. Unfortunately, since we stopped hiring arseholes who believe their own hype, 99% of strikers have become ineligible.

    Good old Besty – pops up when you need him to remind us we’re not completely screwed if we don’t land who we need.

    Anyone else wondering how well Best will operate with Benny just behind him? :mrgreen:


  14. Anyone else getting over excited at the thought of some signings? Or just me? πŸ˜†


  15. Liam – you’re definitely NOT alone! I really should have my mind on other things, but it’s getting to me!


  16. Good article Louis, although I’m not getting carried away yet. We’ve yet to play really well fit sustained periods of a match, but when we do put a bit together we look sound. Shame really as a couple mire quality players and we could have been in with an outside chance of Europa league imo. Certainly top half anyway


  17. [email protected], I’d give him at least a season. Still young. I can remember Enrique was pretty sh1t when we first got him. Great runs and tackles, but absolutely shocking ball distribution – that never started to improve for around two seasons.


  18. Nice article. I’m happy with the results and particularly happy with our defense. We haven’t dominated any of the games we’ve played but I’m sure we’ll et better with the odd blip here and there.
    I see Cabaye as being more of what Barton would have been if he had been given a regular place in CMF. The true test of Cabaye and the other new players will be when winter hits and the games come thick and fast. I’ll be happy when Ben Arfa comes back, I think he is the missing piece to our attack.


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