It’s obviously dangerous stuff to read too much into opening day fixtures – but over here at FootballFanCast we like to play with fire. However, such was the change in Newcastle against Manchester City when compared to last season, that it doesn’t feel like a risk at all. Here are three reasons to believe that things will be better at St. James’ Park this time round:
Yes he’s probably too found of a stepover, and yes his hair is a bit mental, but all the signs are the Frenchman is the real deal. Many were surprised that Cabella didn’t move to a team in the Champions League, and after watching his debut for Newcastle it’s not hard to see why.
Cabella has some nasty dribbling and really knows how to get opponents uncomfortable. Newcastle getting him was surprising.
— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) August 17, 2014
Cabella looks an exciting player, and no not just because of his hair.
— SMELLARD (@SamEllard88) August 17, 2014
Dear Rivière and Cabella, We want our hair back. Yours patiently Jedward #nufc
— Texas Toon (@Texas_Toon) August 17, 2014
Gone are the days of ‘hoofball’ at St. James’ Park. Well, maybe not completely gone, but at least left on the bench for a bit. Alan Pardew frustrated many on the North-East to their wit’s end with his insistence on playing the ball long last season, particularly after the departure of Yohan Cabaye to PSG. But even against last years Premier League champions, Newcastle attempted to use the ball intelligently. Encouraging signs indeed.
We actually played attractive, attacking football guys. NEWCASTLE UNITED ARE LOSING IN STYLE AGAIN.
— Matthew Milton (@MMilton92) August 17, 2014
This is brilliant football from Newcastle…hard working and attractive football. Great stuff!
— Alexander Baros (@FinallyLex) August 17, 2014
Newcastle will play attractive football this season. De Jong, Colback and Cabella will give defenses all sorts of problems.
— Nikobarcenal (@Nikomarvel) August 17, 2014
Colback may forever be tainted with his Sunderland roots but if he keeps playing as he did against Manchester City then he may very well be forgiven. The midfielders delivery from set-pieces caused the Champions trouble and Colback more than held his own against Toure and Fernando.
Thought we did well they've just got that little bit extra…..& I'm telling u now Jack Colback will b loved here #nufc
— Le John son (@Lee5_1Johnson) August 17, 2014
Pleasantly surprised by Toon performance and, shock horror, we finally have a player who can take decent corners. Arise, Jack Colback. #nufc
— mark smith (@markismith50) August 17, 2014
Bloke slagging Colback off in the Gallowgate bogs at FT. Watched a totally different game to me. He was excellent I thought.
— Marc Duffy (@MarcSDuffy) August 17, 2014