Would you like a cup run?

Up for the cup? Or focus on the league?

Up for the cup? Or focus on the league?
I feel that Newcastle will have to sacrifice quite a lot this season in order to go on a cup run.

With matches coming thick and fast for Newcastle if Alan Pardew is going to set out to go on a cup run, I think we will need to sacrifice some league performances in order to send out a strong squad for cup matches.

I honestly don’t feel that we have enough strength in depth to compete in the cups, for example in the Europa League match last week we fielded a second-string side and I feel that won;t be good enough to leave us in with a shout of winning some silverware.

Players like Gael Bigirimana, Sammy Ameobi and Rob Elliot put in good performances in Europe but I don’t think are good enough to guide Newcastle on cup runs in Europe or the English cups, whereas our first team players like Demba Ba, Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye are obviously of a higher quality and could guide us on a run in Europe and perhaps the English cups, but I feel we would have to sacrifice performances in the league by fielding lesser squads in the league in order to aid our players who are playing in Europe, as we all know the modern footballer will generally struggle to play two WHOLE games in a week.

In my opinion I would like us to forget about the English cups and give people like Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling and other fringe players the starts in the English cup games and give the so called ‘star players’ like Hatem Ben Arfa and Fabricio Coloccini the European games and league games. I think this would give us a great balance and the young players would gain brilliant experience. For example it would be great to give the young-ins a run out a Old Trafford, I think that would be so much better for the team as a whole as it is giving the first team a rest but also giving the future generation a chance on the big stage.

In a fantasy world we would all like to end our cup drought and go on great runs in all competitions but we all know that probably won’t happen.

But as always in Pardew we trust!

Howay the lads!

18 thoughts on “Would you like a cup run?

  1. To say they are absolute quality is absolute dog shit. Where has this quality been exhibited previously? Nowhere really… A couple of decent performances, but that’s just about it. Nothing earth shattering…


  2. I pretty much agree with the article. Give the youngins a try- though I wouldn’t mind a senior player two, particularly those looking to regain a bit of fitness.

    FA cup? I would like to win that to be honest but I wouldn’t think about playing a full senior side until the quarterfinals.


  3. A cup would be our best chance of winning silverware (what are our odds of winning the league?). I would focus on 1 cup (the FA) in addition to the league and just develop the youngsters in the league cup. The Europa league is very demanding in terms of games and we absolutely have to rest some of our senior players so we aren’t likely to go far in that one. This season is a huge challenge for a thin squad with a penny pinching owner (Norwich outspent us in the summer, that’s Norwich not Spurs or Man City or Man U), We look to become a middle to upper third of the league club for years to come under this owner while he recovers all of his investment and much more.


  4. Yeah, let Shola play as third striker, Cisse because he needs to find his feet, Tiote and Colo to find fitness other than that play the youngsters and ressies, there’s no point having them about if they can’t play a part like


  5. Stu – other than maybe Santon, I see alot of potential with little proven quality. In reality there’s also Tav, Streete, Innman and Hooper who could all be added to that list, but it’s going to be another couple of years before those players are going to be good enough to take us on a cup run like.
    Personally I’d love a cup run. Having been at Wembley to watch Arsenal beat us in a final – which was gutting – but the day and to experience a Wembley final was great and something you remember for life – win or loose.
    I don’t know that we have a squad strong enough to compete in all 4 competitions. The league is absolutely top priority, but then I’d say Cup wise – ie Europa, FA and LC – I’d say whichever one we seem to perform best in.


  6. Yes it’s unclear how good some of the youngsters will become. Several of them are apparently fading as they come into their early twenties for various reasons. I would say Vuckic looks far too injury prone, Ranger is an idiot, Gosling doesn’t look strong or consistent enough, Abeid is a complete mystery (is he a decent player or not?), Tavernier looked poor in the Europa game he played (had no clue on angled balls to the winger). Our best prospect is Bigi, followed possibly by Sammy or Shane Ferguson although Ferguson has faded a bit with injuries. Too early to tell with the others including Dummett, Campbell, Good and others. All in all not that exciting but solid with prospects to develop one or two stars of the future.


  7. Good article Connor. There’s plenty in it to debate. I think we have a far better chance of winning the FA cup than Europa. Having watched quite a few of the Europa teams I would argue we have very little chance there and a high probability of injuries to our best players if we risk them too often. Let’s face it we would have to go on a fantastic run to win anything while trying to stay as high up in the league as possible but it’s not impossible as other teams are faced with the same problems. πŸ˜€


  8. We have a huge amount of potential but apart from Santon (who was signed as a forst teamer€ there is no player we could honestly class as quality. The worry is that we seem to have had so much potential with so little coming through into the first team(Carroll and krul being the
    Obvious exceptions, although they were pre Ashley) Otherwise what player has come up from the youth team and produced more than the odd good game…if we’re being totally honest! Vuckic has been touted for years yet seems unable to progress to the next level amongst others. It is fantastic to have good young players coming into the fray but it means sweet FA if they don’t prioress to the first team. Especially seeing as we seem to be goin on the cheap and banking on youth as opposed to actually investing in the squad


  9. GeordieTwo
    September 26, 2012 at 18:21

    “Good article Connor. There’s plenty in it to debate.”

    Agreed. Just a shame I didn’t get the chance to publish it a bit earlier πŸ™

    Mind you, had to get it out tonight just in case it becomes redundant by full time this evening πŸ˜†


  10. Yes it’s bad luck to have to play Man U away so early in a cup toonsy but if we could beat them it would be a huge lift to the team. They may field quite a weak side as well although I think Fergie said they wouldn’t be doing that any more after last season. Still find it hard to believe they are charging 45 quid for seats when you compare it to what others are charging. Looking forward to seeing what our lineup will be and the game itself of course. πŸ˜€


  11. Team for tonight

    Lee Ryder ‏@lee_ryder
    #nufc Elliot; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini (c), Tavernier; Obertan, Tiote, Gosling, Marveaux; Vuckic; Shola Ameobi.


  12. Lee Ryder ‏@lee_ryder
    #nufc subs Harper, Ferguson, Bigirimana, Anita, Amalfitano, Sammy Ameobi, Cisse.


  13. Like the team. Pards was at least able to give Saylor and Santon a game off. Cabaye, HBA, Ba, Cisse, and Guti all playing once a week. I would have also liked to have seen Bigi, and I’m sure Pards would have wanted him in there if Tiote weren’t playing his way back from injury.


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