Opening chequebook could pay off for Newcastle

Posted by Lee Ryder

Tim Krul Newcastle leg save vs TottenhamGettyImagesWhile Tottenham's No. 1, Hugo Lloris, sat on the bench, Newcastle's -- Tim Krul -- produced the game of his life.

Newcastle United certainly have the foundations of a good team.

The Magpies proved Sunday at Tottenham Hotspur they also have match-winners in their ranks in goalkeeper Tim Krul and forward Loic Remy during their 1-0 victory.

Newcastle have massive potential to become a great team if they can show some ambition in the transfer market in the new year.

-Delaney: Tale of two keepers at White Hart Lane

Because they can mix it with the big boys when they stay focused on football and getting it right on the field rather than getting involved in off-the-field distractions.

The sparkling display in goal from the Dutchman would not have been out of place on the biggest stage of them all in football and undoubtedly, Krul is in the box seat for a place at next summer's World Cup, along with seven-goal French international Remy, who notched the winning strike at White Hart Lane.

Krul's 14 key saves, combined with Remy's first-half strike, made sure it was two wins on the spin for the Magpies and eased the pressure on Alan Pardew in his native capital.

In recent weeks, Cheik Tiote and Yohan Cabaye have also started to bring their capabilities to the table while Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Mike Williamson and Mathieu Debuchy are genuine players climbing up individual form tables.

With hard workers such as Davide Santon and Yoan Gouffran also in the mix and Vurnon Anita also showing us what he's got of late, there has been plenty of cheer for United fans in the last two games.

All of it is a far cry from the misery of losing to Sunderland just a fortnight ago.

But how far can Pardew's troops go this season?

As always, we never seem to be too far from trouble at Newcastle United. The two games with Norwich City and West Bromwich Albion that lie on the horizon seem to have six more points written all over them.

However, we have learned to expect the unexpected on Tyneside. We can always dream, though. And should the Magpies swoop in to pick up successive home wins against the Canaries and the Baggies, it would put them in a seriously convincing position going into the hectic festive period.

We're told by United's top brass the top 10 is an acceptable position this season after last term's near-brush with relegation. Newcastle haven't become world-beaters overnight by the way, but if they can push on through the December period and stay in touch with the top six, you just wonder whether we might see a bit more of a positive stance on transfers.

Oh yes, I can hear some of you already shouting: "Don't hold your breath pal!" Yet there are a couple of factors that might come into play in 2014 for the black and whites.

After failing to spend a penny in the summer transfer window, we're told to expect fresh funds will be available in the new year if the price is right for Newcastle.

The last time United came close to forcing a place in the top four, owner Mike Ashley was deeply disappointed to see Pardew's side just miss out and finish fifth.

Who could blame him?

After all, Ashley is a businessman, and getting into the Champions League would have taken Newcastle to a different level on the financial front. And if Newcastle can keep up their hot streak, a chase for the top six in December would be the perfect winter warmer.

First things first, though. All eyes will be on the hallowed turf at St James' in the next two games to see if Newcastle can prove the last two weekends weren't a fluke.


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