Newcastle assistant boss John Carver believes that the Toon have answered their critics with brilliant displays on the pitch, with the club doing so well that Hatem Ben Arfa will struggle to regain his place in the squad.
Newcastle are currently sitting fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, and while the season is still early, critics had excepted the Toon to struggle a lot more after failing to land a striker in the transfer window and losing big names Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan.
And Carver said that while times have been tough behind the scenes over the summer, Newcastle are now showing their strength with results.
“Winning football matches helps the situation. The gaffer has had a lot of things to deal with and he’s dealt with them particularly well,” Carver said.
“The chairman and the owner have too. The only way we can put things right is by winning football matches and doing things right. I think the start we’ve had does help that.
“Once you start gathering a bit of momentum you do start to brush other things under the carpet. Hopefully that is what we need.”
Newcastle purchased four French players over the summer, and while some have speculated that they might not be able to handle the physical nature of English football, Alan Pardew says that it’s not about where they come from that’s important, but how good they are with the ball.
"They are just good players. Whether they are French, African or Brazilian, it doesn't matter, they are just good players,” he said.
"We happen to have a market in France which we know very, very well, and the players we have signed from there have been hugely successful so far."
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