Four wins and four draws in their opening eight domestic fixtures sees Alan Pardew’s men hold fourth place in the standings, with a fightback against Tottenham on Sunday maintaining their unbeaten start to the season.
The Argentina international has been impressed with how The Magpies have played so far, and feels their place close to the summit is warranted.
“We deserve to be fourth. Nobody has beaten us yet, so we deserve it,” he told Mirror Football.
“It will be hard to stay in the top four, we know that. There are a lot of good teams in the league. But here at Newcastle we are all about trying to play good football and keep the ball.
“I don’t care about what people think about Newcastle, or if they say we will never keep it up or that we have had an easy start. All I am bothered about is making sure that we improve with every game and stay focused.
“Last season, we did well against good teams and lost against the poorer teams. This season we have drawn against the top teams so far, like Tottenham and Arsenal, and we are beating the teams that we should be beating.
“We look strong, but we have to keep that up.
“The fans have helped us. They are enjoying it now more than they have before while I have been here. In the past, when we have been losing, they have not liked it. Now we are winning games they are clearly happier. It is great to see lots of smiling faces,” he concluded.
Newcastle host struggling Wigan at St James’ Park next weekend, and with Roberto Martinez’s men losing their last five games, Pardew will identify it as a game to pick three points up from.
By Gareth McKnight