They are over now but I do in fact go on holiday in a couple of days so I’ve managed to write several articles for you all to read whilst I’m away.
Last season was beyond what many expected Newcastle United to achieve, we were tipped to become a victim of second season syndrome but that was not the case. We defied many critics and finished fifth in the table which guaranteed European football to return to the hallowed turf of St James’ Park.
What stood out in this Newcastle side was the work ethic that was instilled by manager Alan Pardew. He had the whole team working as one unit and experimented with different formations and tactics to combat different teams that we faced. Of course there were times when we lost, and sometimes we did that in epic fashion, but the week after the team always came out and played better than the previous match and tried to set the record straight.
Shrewd business was conducted in the January transfer window with the arrival of Papiss Cisse and he has been a key figure in contributing to Newcastle’s high finishing position. There are many key players that could be mentioned but every single one of them has played an integral part in contributing to the success of last season.
But last season, enjoyable though it was, is done, history, so what can we look forward to in the upcoming season?
For a start, I see no reason why we can’t continue with the form that we showed last season. We showed that the top five clubs are not as strong as they used to be and that leaves room for us to capitalise on. The spirit and togetherness that was created last year will probably be even greater. Players such as Davide Santon, Yohan Cabaye and Papiss Cisse will have become used to the Premier League by now and will hopefully push on with the wonderful displays that we saw several times last year.
Of course the club will play European football this season and I expect there to be a process of squad rotation to be employed by Pardew so that he can use players for the Premier League and Europa League along with the cup competitions. There will be more games and that will allow players such as Sylvain Marveaux and Haris Vuckic to stake a claim for a place in the regular side.
The transfer window is also open now so it will be interesting to see which players are added to the squad to help us push on and consolidate the position that we finished last season. There are some areas that need to be strengthened and these new players coming into the squad will hopefully create an air of healthy competition throughout the squad.
This coming season is one that will be prove to be very exciting for all of those involved with NUFC and with the displays that we had last season, I see no reason why the team can’t finish where they did last year and maybe perhaps even push on to grab fourth spot.
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