Newcastle’s season is finally looking on the up as the club pull clear of the bottom three in the Premier League and look good to progress to the last eight of the Europa League.
Credit where credit is due, Newcastle United have really pulled things out of the bag since they made those French squad signings last January, as they know look forward to what could have been a nervous couple of months.
A large part of their progression is thanks to those January additions because without them, Newcastle may have still been lingering around the likes of Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers with the memory of relegation still fresh in the minds of many fans.
The manager deserves a lot of credit for turning around the season because several people within the football world were questioning him when things weren’t going well and attacked him when the club allowed Demba Ba to leave for Chelsea.
Alan Pardew brushed it off, insisted the side wouldn’t be in trouble by the end of May and so far he has been proved right in every respect.
Newcastle sit in 13th place in the Premier League table and are one of five teams with a tally of 33 points. They are still not out of the woods just yet but they should be aiming for at least a literal mid-table position.
This is achievable because they have nine games left, which means 27 points to play for and Pardew will be very determined not to end the season with just a single away win to go with the solid eight wins the club have produced at home.
As for the Europa League, it’s going to be a very big ask for Newcastle to win the tournament but there’s no harm in any of the players believing because very few expected them to get into this current position which has given them the opportunity to push on to European glory.
It will be without doubt, the greatest achievement of Pardew’s career and certainly the best result the club has achieved in recent memory.
They face a difficult second leg tie against Anzhi, which they need to get through first but if they pull that off then they will back themselves to beat any of the sides they could come up against, including Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
Newcastle are looking more solid as each week passes and they will only enhance that strength this summer, as Pardew should be given a free reign to make as many changes as he sees fit to the playing squad. Onwards and upwards.
Toon fans, what do you make of the turnaround?
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