Alan Pardew's priorities may change

ALAN Pardew has made no bones about the fact that the Premier League is his priority this season – but says that may change in January.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew has made no bones about the fact that the Premier League is his priority this season – but says that may change in January.

Pardew has wrapped his senior men in cotton wool for the Europa League and Capital One Cup as he chases a Champions League slot, but says if his side are out of contention for the top four, he will re-assess it.

“If we were out of the FA Cup and still in the Europa League and 15 or 20 points off a Champions League position, suddenly the Europa League is starting to look a very attractive proposition for us,” he said.

“Obviously the same applies to the Capital One Cup. We just have to attack every competition.

“We are just entering every game to try to win it and we ain’t done such a bad job so far.

“We’d certainly have taken this start we’ve had. Our run of games have been tough.

“We are a point behind what we were last year but our games have been so much tougher.

“And I think that we still have players to play at their best.” Pardew has also argued that while Newcastle are still scratching for form, they are getting closer to their best.

“We are getting some back to form,” he said.

“Obviously Demba has had a great week, Cabaye is starting to look like we know what he is from last year. Williamson is probably playing his best football since being at the club and Santon has been a revelation.

“So we have a lot of positives going on, but the fluidity of us and the rhythmic style that we had at times last year, we need to try to grasp.

“Sometimes a victory like Norwich can do that for you.”

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