Alan Pardew is expecting his team to be given a tough test as they face three sides in the space of seven days on the club’s tour of the US.
With the players back in training this week, Pardew has had time to assess the fitness of the squad and although pleased with what he’s seen, he is fully aware of what the MLS and USL opposition will have in store.
“We went out there (to America) three years ago with Newcastle, I took a good side there and we were given the run around really because they’re just so much further ahead of the groove and I expect the same here, very difficult games, and if we win one, maybe two of them, I’ll be extremely happy, I don’t expect to win all three.”
Kicking off the tour against MLS side Philadelphia Union next Wednesday, fans can look forward to seeing new signings James Tomkins and Andros Townsend, as well as those joining from international duty and players from the development team, who will be flying out to the states on Sunday.
Speaking about the latest additions to the team, Pardew believes the club have acquired players coming into their prime years, creating much greater competition for places which will only be a good thing for the team.
“Tomkins was a very young player when I was at West Ham. He had the technical talent, a good passer of the ball, but he had a bit of grit and the attributes you need as a centre half. To have as many games as he’s had at Premier League level is a massive coo for us and I think we’re going to see the best of James Tomkins at this football club.
“Andros speaks for himself, he’s an England player, he was part of our qualifying and was very unfortunate not to go, and Steve, who our fans won’t know, he’s a real experienced, quality goalkeeper, and is going to put the rest of the group under enormous pressure.”
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