With Newcastle United facing a busier season than ever before, it raises the question of what the main priority for the club is?
Alan Pardew’s side will compete in the Premier League, Capital One Cup (or League Cup), the FA Cup and the Europa League throughout this season. That makes for a very busy fixture schedule for all those involved with the Magpies.
With having to field sides in four competitions it does make you wonder which one Pardew will choose to focus more on. Of course it would be fantastic for Newcastle to challenge for a cup after having gone so long without a trophy but would fans be happy if they focussed on that more than building on the position that they finished in the Premier League last season?
Or would they prefer for the club to focus on the Europa League? European football will return to St James’ Park on tonight and seems to be the most prestigious cup competition that the club can compete in this year out of the League Cup and FA Cup.
European schedules will be tough as already seen in the subsequent match against Chelsea last Saturday. Newcastle were clearly tired from having played Attromitos in Greece. That’s a risk that the club has to take and that perhaps may occur more throughout the season if we progress on to further rounds of the Europa League.
The Capital One Cup and FA Cup may see the club field young players along with those who are on the fringes of the first-team squad. That is perhaps the way Pardew may decide to view these two competitions, as an opportunity to give players who haven’t played experience in the Newcastle side.
With so many matches to be played this season, it will make for intriguing viewing to see who is fielded in each match. There is no doubt that this will be a season of exciting proportions for all those involved but to a certain degree, those within the club have decide what their main targets for the season are.
What do you think? What is our priority this season?