What can we expect from the season ahead?

Cabaye and Co to carry on?
First off let me start by apologising for the long absence I’ve had. A Level exams took priority for me and it left me with little spare time to write about Newcastle.

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.

But what do you think?

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A lifelong Newcastle fan. Currently exiled in Sunderland studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland Follow me on Twitter: @ZoeVicarage

32 thoughts on “What can we expect from the season ahead?

  1. No matter what he says in public to lower expectations, AP’s mission is to keep NUFC at least in the Europa. Fall out of that or the Championship and there will be an exodus. NUFC is cash rich right now as others come to grips with the FFP rules, this is a window to buy good value without spending crazy money. If this is done right, then NUFC can leapfrog some EPL competitors and find a sustained spot as a top 5 club.

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  2. well tbh, as long as we keep our current top draw players and add 2-3 other top players, i think we will challenge all the way for top three and maybe even flirt with top spot. I think the work ethic is key, keep it like last season and i do see is right up there.

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  3. Welcome back Zoe, good read. If we lose no big names bring in a handful, then top 6 again for me 😀

    JL…Yep, we have one qualifying round to play, draw for our opponents is made 10th Aug 😉

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  4. Good article Zoe. I agree that with additions of players like Debuchy, De Jong and maybe Douglas whilst keeping our current crop we will be challenging for 3rd.

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  5. With the amount of teams with new managers and or rebuilding we should do well. As we seem to be just fine tuning what we already have
    The down side if it can be called that is the extra games we will have to play.With hopefully some new signings and the second string players stepping up we should be flying “Bring it on” 😆

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  6. I don’t believe anyone can predict how we will fair this coming season until we find out the final squad following the transfer window.

    Will be interesting no matter the outcome.

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  7. What we all have to bare in mind is that Chelsea and Arsenal have signed some great players and other teams are strengthening as I write. No doubt they will be much stronger next year and we may find it somewhat harder to break into that top4 group what with the extra games to play. How well we do is reliant on recruiting top quality players and team spirit remaining as good as last season .Now that we have lost Best ,Loven and Smith and Guthrie we are significently weaker and we cannot afford to not sign any back up . Get the right reinforcements in and we could fly.

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  8. Kim
    The only team that doesn’t seem to strengthening is Liverpool and they need to most. Hopefully the signings of Debuchy and others with Stevo coming back we should be able to better out competition.

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  9. I would like to see our youth players potential come to fruition but I’m not convinced it will.

    Loads of pressure on Graham Carr now he’s set the standard.

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  10. [email protected] ,Very true ,it’s awful quiet on the Dippers front.Maybe Rogers ain’t quite got the pulling power they’d hoped ,who knows. Truth is it’s only day two of the window so lots of time for them to do business as it is for us hopefully 😉

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  11. Troy ,When Pards and Carver did that last interview they said they always had 2 to 3 players in mind for every position ,who they’d scouted for some time. That said, even if we lose out on De Jong there should be other options that Carr has unearthed. As for the youth players I agree with you ,I’m not sure any will really reach their potential anytime soon .They need to be loaned out for plenty of competitve footie , if they arn’t gonna get first team game time.

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  12. That’s him away then:
    Lee Ryder [email protected]_ryder
    #nufc Leon Best joins #brfc
    Lee Ryder [email protected]_ryder
    Best’s fee could also rise again if #brfc are promoted to the Premier League #nufc
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    3m Lee Ryder [email protected]_ryder
    Has to be said that £3million is excellent money for Best

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  13. I think top 5 again with some good cup runs would show stability although if they can hold the current squad together and add some quality in depth then anything is possible. MA is a winner and his grand plan won’t include finishing 5th especially when he knows the financial playing field is soon to be leveled in our favour. Lets hope we are all United on all fronts next season.
    HWTL

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  14. Good luck to Best, always like to see players move on to get more footballing opportunities, did what was required when it was needed of him and I think he’ll do well for Blackburn.

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  15. Good read Zoe 😉
    Can’t believe we got £3mil for Best just shows the bin dippers arn’t the only team that throw their money away 😆 wonder if we could get them to take Shola aswell 😀

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  16. Great deal to double our money on Best, Good luck to him got a feeling he might need it with blackburns owners and manager…

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  17. getting 3mil for best is un-real,we couldnt even give shola away for free shows how hes rated by clubs 😐

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  18. Good deal getting rid of Best. He’s never been good enough so to get more than we paid is good business.

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  19. by @SkySportsChrisB 7:03 PM reports that toon have ended the chase for jong after haveing there final bid turned down and will not over pay for him

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  20. Ice @ 21 😉 and Stu @22 😉 great minds think alike 😆
    Ice maybe we should have made that as part of the Best deal, they had to take Strolla aswell 😆 😆 😆 😆

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  21. I liked Best’s attitude and did a fantastic job when we were short of strikers and stepped in as the main striker.

    However, it’s good business getting £3m and I wish him luck.
    I met him a couple of times and he is a nice bloke and loved the Toon.

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  22. Troy sorry but I don’t think he was good enough for us, he was maybe alright in the CCC but IMO was not a prem striker, and the fact that he only got on the sheet in 2 games out of 18 sort of backs that up 16 games without finding the net 😯 . I have no doubt he is a nice bloke and loves the club. 😉

    Ice I heard it was £1 mill + Strolla 😆

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  23. Dave ,just been watching Panorama about cold callers and there was a lady on there who got caught with the same scam as me with the PC guy. Exactly the same routine 🙄 Like me she had to get her own tech guy to come and sweep the pc .

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  24. Zoe – bollocks next season, how you keeping girl and where you going on ya holibops?

    I would love a top 8 finish, good Europa run and just like at the start of every season for the last 25 fucking years – I’d love to win a cup!! 😳 😳 🙄 🙄 😥 😥

    From a realistic point of view, 6 points from the scum, a higher league position than the scum and personally, would love to dick on Liverfool as well – coz I hate the bin dippers!!!! 😛

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