Newcastle United fans are notorious for letting their feeling be heard, and after being subjected to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in their opening fixture on Sunday afternoon, you could sense that optimism had returned to the St James Park faithful.
Despite defeat, there were many encouraging signs for the fans to cheer about, including the debut of French winger Remy Cabella. It has been a long while since Newcastle have had that injection of pace in their game, with Cabella in particular being the catalyst behind their attacking fluency.
Impressive debuts for former Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback, French forward Emmanuel Rivière, and youngsters Rolando Aarons and Ayoze Pérez highlighted that there were reasons to feel optimistic about Newcastle’s chances for the new season. With 2 weeks of the window remaining Pardew will be looking to get rid of the likes of reportedly disruptive midfielder Hatem Ben Afra, and will urgently be looking for a new central defender with Mike Williamson and Captain Fabricio Collicini once again looking like an error prone partnership against the champions.
With new signing Siem De Jong yet to return it will be hard to see how he will fit into the system that looked so impressive against City. With 37 games to go Newcastle will be looking to establish themselves in the top 6 for the upcoming season after significantly underperforming last season in the previous 2 campaigns.
Alan Pardew will be looking to recreate a similar ethos to the one his side possessed in his first campaign at the club. Heavily backed by bookmakers to be the first managerial casualty of the new season, he will personally be looking to turn the club around, and you would be right to suggest that they may only be 2 or 3 players short of once regaining their competitive edge in the premier league.