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!