Pardew, wants trophies

by Ryan Holmes

Monday, October 24th, 2011
 

Alan Pardew has indicated his targets over the next couple of years by saying he wants to add to Newcastle United’s empty trophy cabinet.

While Newcastle fans should not be looking toward winning the premier league, which seems totally out of their reach despite their fantastic start, the Carling Cup or FA cup must be the focus points.

This brings to the surface the questions like what sort of squad will Pardew field against Blackburn on Wednesday night? Are they going to focus on the youth like they have in the previous games against Forest and Scunthorpe? Well in some respects I hope not.

I thoroughly believe that we can carry on in this competition as only a few weeks ago Newcastle dominated the Lancashire side 3-1. And with Blackburn’s fans protesting every game about their current position and with the hope of removing their seemingly incapable manager. Though this has surely got to make Newcastle wary, as a cup run could be Blackburn’s salvation as Portsmouth’s was in 2008 and Birmingham’s was last year.

I hope that Pardew does find a match for the fringe players alongside the regular starters, because that is key to reaching the later stages of the competition. I would love to see some of the players that have not been given a big enough chance of first team football this season. This would give players such as Sammy Ameobi and Santon not only the chance to play gain experience of the standard of premier league opposition but also get their fitness up.

At the moment Newcastle are a solid unit and the benefits of Pardew and co are there to see and this is not only coming from the news headlines inside the camp of the unity, but of the performances of players on the pitch. One of these players is Jonas Guiterrez who has found form changing him from ugly duckling to the graceful swan of the left flank.

His goal against Wolves has proven that he is very much a late bloomer just like his fellow countryman and Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini. Jonas has also seemed to have, sorted his crossing with his improving crosses causing teams problems, such as the delivery against Spurs that found Ba before he found the net.

Also Ryan Taylor the saviour of the Tyne and Wear derby with his free kick has impressed me this season. He has been thrown into the deep end and has swam, instead of sunk. His ability to deal with Gareth Bale on the right hand side putting in a solid graft, leaving Bale to revert to his more natural left hand side.

Though I believe Santon should get his first start, as in the small amounts of minutes he has played he has shown he is more than capable. After all Marcello Lippi the man who took Italy to their World Cup victory regards him in a very high esteem calling him “A predestined that reminds of a young Paolo Maldini.”

I believe he should slot in ahead of Simpson, who although has played well this season the rumours of his future will surely disrupt his form and the mystery surrounding Santon and ninty minutes of football is just too strong.

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