The squad we currently have is most certainly unable to cope with so many games in such little time if we were to get to the Europa League. Maybe we would follow the same route as Spurs and play almost a reserve team- and ‘concentrate on the league’ but that would be a waste of a flight wouldn’t it?
But is the Europa League any good for us? Because after all, it’s sh*t and second best much like the League Cup. Would we get any money from it? No. We would have to somehow get the money to buy in a lot of good players (not just satisfactory) to strengthen the team during the summer, because simply the likes of James Perch, Mike Williamson and Danny Guthrie aren’t good enough.
But then comes the need for Europe. Demba Ba, Colo and more are never going to stay if we don’t get there. So it is important we do in some sort of form because there is even the big one to mention. The Champions League. If we got there, Ashley wouldn’t need to graffiti the stadium with his blue and red tack because we would be in the money and happy for once. We would have the money to buy in back up players and contract problems – what are they? So you see where I’m going? We have to get to the Champions League this season or never – well 10 years time anyway.
The chances of getting into Europe this season are high. Chelsea look hopeless right now and things on and beyond the pitch just aren’t going good for them at the moment. Arsenal are the same. I can’t see their defence keeping another clean sheet this season. Yes they just killed Spurs 5-2, (to the pleasure of the larger percentage of the toon who dislike Arry) but truly their woeful performances in matches before outweigh that. They aren’t ever going to be like the Invincibles again. They are pretty much a one man team, but, that one man is better than Batman when he is on form! That would be the only reason they would finish 4th- Robin Van Persie and their +16 goal difference.
Then come the daft Scousers – I’d rather walk alone. They are already in the Europa League after the League Cup performance. I loved Stevie Gee’s face when he missed his penna! So where I’m going is, even if we finish 6th if it is a Spurs v Liverpool final of the FA Cup, we are still in with a chance.
The ‘must’ of this season is the Europa League. The ‘should’ is Champions League. I can see us getting at least 21 more points this season but concentrate one match at a time. Next match being the Mackems at home. That should be interesting!
However Alan Pardew does it, three points is a must. This time next week we could be in ecstasy like the 1st of November 2010, the day after the demolition derby, or just elated, like the 21st of August 2011, the day after Ryan Taylor Over The Wall. Either way, it’s a six points party. Super Senegalese Sunday the sequel? Bend it Taylor? The curly one strikes again? All aboard the dreamboat? Boom Cheik Cheik Cheik the room? Shola? Hatembomb? We will see!
Howay The Lads!!!!!!!
Oh and at 13 minutes on Saturday the entire 52,000 singing ‘Stand Up for St James’ Park’ was momentus. Make it a tradition!